Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 21
  2. Negative: 19 out of 21
  1. 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.
  2. Kids aren't going to want to rescue the bad guys of the movie, kids want to explore the factory, swim in the chocolate lakes and hijack cars.
  3. Atrocious. And not "atrociously good fun" either. Simply atrocious. It's like biting into an Oh Henry and discovering that it is indeed, a big fat solid chunk of stanky human dung and undigested peanuts.
  4. One of the most celebrated children's tale turns out as a dreadful platformer, sporting way too many flaws to be a remotely fun game.
  5. Even if you loved the film, even if gullible children are tearfully begging you to buy them this game, even if there's been a nuclear holocaust and the only games to survive are this and "Army Men: Green Rogue"; please, just say No.
  6. This has to be one of the worst games I've had the displeasure of playing in quite some time. [Sept 2005, p.100]
  7. So to sum up – it looks like a homebrew net Yaroze demo, sounds worse than a knackered monophonic mobile phone with the Crazy Frog ring tone on it, moves with all the fluidity and beauty of a giraffe trying to control a pedalo and is so shatteringly tedious and yawn-inducing you could mistakenly think you’ve contracted narcolepsy while playing it.
  8. This factory comes off more like a real industrial complex than the fantastic playground of a fop who makes candy with magical midgets.
  9. The game play is too repetitive and a combination of poor controls and poor visuals make it frustrating to complete the levels. It's hard to imagine many people, whatever their ages, having the supreme patience to actually sit through more than a few hours of this game.
  10. 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.
  11. Started with brilliant presentation and gameplay and deteriorated from that point on. Although the novel twist of trying to save the ‘bad’ kids does add something for fans of the book, they’ll be advised to rent this title before the sugar sweet memories turn into a sour aftertaste after shelling out for this lacklustre platformer.
  12. 45
    It could have played like a slimmed down version of Pikmin crossed with quirky, yet solid platformer elements. Unfortunately, bad control and poor execution ruin the experience.
  13. Give this to your kids only if you hate them, or want them to stop gaming, or feel like being asked how to solve "the next bit" time and again. Life’s too short. Play something else.
  14. Budget release or no, this is a pretty disappointing effort and a waste of time for most.
  15. With all of the gameplay and control issues, the game simply isn’t any fun.
  16. Allowing your kid to play this game is considered child abuse in 29 states. [Oct 2005, p.102]
  17. A bare-bones run-of-the-mill 3D puzzle-actioner saturated with eye-bleeding color and overflowing with tired devices and clunky gameplay. [Sept 2005, p.56]
  18. The surreal visuals occasionally impress and the voice acting is fair (no Depp though), but there's too little fun. [Oct 2005, p.94]
  19. It's clear that the game is aimed at a younger audience, but this is no excuse for repetitive levels, broken controls, lazy design and releasing a game that's so frustrating, it'll make you turn off the console in disgust.
User Score
4.1

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. BenF.
    Apr 17, 2006
    6
    This game has very short length, but good acting and music. It is not too bad of a game. I consider it an average game. If you liked the movie, you may end up wanting it. Rent it first. Full Review »
  2. DEVINDEHART
    Jan 22, 2006
    6
    THE WILLY WONKA FACTORY IS A PIECE OF CRAP SO BORING THE GRAPHICKS PREETY MUCH FLAT OUT ARENT TO GOOD THE GAME IS ALRIGHT ITS A WAIST OF MONEY. DONT GO SAVING UP MONEY TO BUY IT. THE MOVIE IS WEIRD. JUST WATCH THE MOVIE IT'S BETTER A WHOLE LOT BETTER MUCH BETTER Full Review »
  3. Paige
    Nov 19, 2005
    1
    Thank Goodness we rented it first. At least I'm only out 6 bucks. One of the worst games we've ever had.