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  • Summary: Step inside the magical world of Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory. Based on the Warner Bros. film and the classic novel by Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory lets you delve deep inside the factory to relive the classic story as Charlie Bucket. Find a golden ticket and, along with four other children, win a personal tour of Willy Wonka's factory as guided by the notorious and reclusive candy maker himself. Discover what happens after the other children, greed-driven and unrestrained, wreak havoc throughout the factory. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 12 out of 16
  1. When a game is as derivative and uninspired as this one, a rotten camera is just another nail in its coffin. Unfortunately, the film franchise graveyard won't let these monsters die.
  2. It follows the beloved storyline with a wonderful cinematic flair, top-notch audio design, colorful yet simple graphics and a basic set of gameplay mechanics. However, a lacking of innovation and overall gameplay and graphical polish stunt the game's full potential and leave it as a just-above-average title only fans of the material and/or genre will find any value in.
  3. 45
    Bad control and poor execution ruin the experience.
  4. 40
    It's pure repetitiveness is enough to make any chocolate lover long for a nice salty snack treat. So make your dentist happy and stay far far away from this title. It will leave a very bitter aftertaste and have you reaching for your mouthwash.
  5. The console releases are better than the truly execrable PC game of the same name, but there's still no reason for it to exist.
  6. 30
    As I painfully maneuvered my Charlie from room to room, I grew more and more desperate in my attempt to find redeeming qualities in the game.
  7. The product just feels unfinished, likely rushed to launch alongside the film, lacking the polish and additional development time that would have made this a worthwhile experience.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. AndrewC.
    Aug 27, 2005
    I'm no video game expert, but my 6- and 3-year old boys and I had a great time with this game on our GameCube. This is a figure-it-out type of game, and the "a-ha" moments gave them a lot of satisfaction. Expand
  2. RyanM.
    Aug 13, 2005
    Another infamous example of how a movie game is rushed onto shelves and placed into homes before the game is even ready. The game feels like its missing a core premise. Is it the gameplay? A little bit of that. graphics? there lame, but not the biggest complaint. My patience has almost run out, where we constantly are getting these movie games, and for the majority of them, there below average to terrible. This game has really know reason to exist, except for the fact that it is a blatant milking of a popular movie. Nothing stellar here in any meaning of the word, and when your playing this you'll just miss the magic of the movie and the entertainment of thousands of other far superior games. Expand