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  • Summary: In Spirits & Spells, you can choose to play the role of Alicia, a girl disguised as a witch, or Greg, a boy disguised as a devil, as they attempt to rescue their friends from a mad scientist. You can alternate between the two characters at any time during the game and discover their varying abilities. Explore creepy environments such as a haunted house, a dark cemetery, eerie forests, and an abandoned laboratory. To survive this Halloween world, you must solve puzzles and fight a variety of evil creatures. Expand
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  1. If it weren’t for the beautiful Burton-esque influence of the art direction, Spirits and Spells would just be yet another bargain bin title that isn’t worth even a second glance.
  2. This game is too linear. You can’t stray off the patch and the fixed camera teases with a look at a delightfully rendered world, then locks you from at least seeing it from a panoramic perspective.
  3. While Spirits and Spells has a great visual style and an appropriate, if repetitive, soundtrack, it is definitely a flawed game.
  4. The GameCube is in dire need of some original, innovative exclusives and Spirits and Spells is far from being either of those. Instead, it’s more of a "Crash Bandicoot" wannabe title with poor controls that can be a major test in frustration.
  5. 50
    It's cute -- but that's where the fun stops. The puzzles are unimaginative and simple, yet they're complicated by bad camera and collision detection.
  6. This camera adds an unwelcome degree of challenge to the game based simply on its poor design. Now, I am all for a challenging game, but I draw the line when this challenge is based in frustration over a game's inherent flaws.
  7. Features level design that would have been sub-par 15 years ago, terrible graphics, and wretched control. [Dec 2003, p.159]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. AliciaC.
    Oct 2, 2003
    10
    I think it is wonderful! Somewhat difficullt to control movement because of perspective, but wonderful!
  2. Tif
    Oct 21, 2003
    8
    I am a witch myself, and every time i use my hat to kill things it does not work as well. this game is great, except for the non-controlable camera.
  3. Mar 28, 2014
    6
    Its a platformer game with some really good elements, but with its super hard difficulty, it misses its audience, and gets you frustrated really quick. You would think, that this game is for kids, and you're probably right too, but you will realise after 10 minutes of playtime, that something is way off here. The game has some major camera problems sometimes, and the feeling of depth does not help you as much as you would expect from a 3D platformer, Collision detection is also sometimes your enemy, and sometimes your best friend, its a matter of luck really. There are several trial and error moments, where the game slaps you in your face, and sometimes it rewards you for dieing by giving you an extra life or two immediately. If you like challenges, this is a great game to test your several capabilities and your nerves. The graphics are mediocre, but the artistic style of the game is spot on. And the developers knew that, so they retextured some levels , and put it in twice , to make sure that you will take time to look at them. The enemy characters are a bit repetitive and the level design makes you pray for a checkpoint sometimes. The story is somewhat stupid, but its not a game where you would care about a strong story. The controls are OK, the music, voices are also ok, nothing special, but feels right for the concept.
    Overall, its an OK 3D platformer, but very far from perfect. If you consider yourself a tough player, try yourself out with this one.
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  4. Sara
    Oct 22, 2003
    5
    It's cute, but once you get past the first few levels it becomes very hard. I've been trying to go through level 6 for hours and keep dying. Expand
  5. Apr 3, 2014
    0
    Worst PS2 game I ever played!!! Terrible difficulty, low lives and long Level 1, I can't pass Level 1! Games this hard should be banned! Burn this game and put it in a landfill along with E.T. for Atari! Expand