Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures, Episode 1: Fright of the Bumblebees Image

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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Enter the colorful world of West Wallaby Street in the first of four cracking adventures in Wallace & Gromit Episode 1: Fright of the Bumblebees. In this first episode, the inventor and his loyal pooch are faced with a big problem. They need 50 gallons of honey by tonight - far more than their bees can handle. When Wallace's plans to step up production go horribly awry, it falls to Gromit to fight off the angry swarm. Featuring a brand new story with the same slapstick humour, cinematic visuals, and charm that fans of the Wallace & Gromit films have come to love, Fright of the Bumblebees kicks off this four-episode series in cracking style. [TellTale] Expand
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  1. The story and hijinks found within could’ve been the basis for yet another Oscar winning short for director Nick Park and his team at Aardman, but instead are the premise for one of the most genuinely wonderful and funny adventure games in years. It really is a grand day out.
  2. 85
    This is a promising entry for the series, and hopefully TellTale can only go up from here.
  3. The puzzling, while appropriately zany, is not terribly difficult, and the game at times nears "interactive story" levels. There are, however, just enough true brain ticklers to keep you, Wallace and Gromit on your toes.
  4. An excellent starting point for the episodic series. Wallace and Gromit are just as charming as ever, and their first episodic romp left us looking forward to seeing where Telltale will take the two in future episodes. Clocking in at several hours of solid playtime, episode one is a relatively short endeavor, but the content is brimming with quality.
  5. All together I found the first entry to be really enjoyable, and I look forward to checking out more of the episodes as they release on XBLA.
  6. It's a brief, slow paced, quintessentially British experience that won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it's compelling nonetheless, and Telltale has absolutely nailed the atmosphere and feeling of the TV shows on which it's based.
  7. This new episodic graphic adventure is mild cheddar compared to the original TV shorts and movie.

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  1. Jun 3, 2013
    5 for being playable and having the original voice actor for Wallace. The audio was recorded VERY poorly, I get better audio off an old VHS of the show. The character models are spot on, but the animation is far too robotic, which leads me to believe that not much time had been spent there at all. If Aardman could do the old shorts with claymation and have very lively, animated movements, why are the character animations so terrible here? There's also the issue that dialogue gets cut off at times for no reason. Frustrating.

    Bottom line? Watch the old show, it's on Netflix.