• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: May 9, 2003
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. The game is by no means for everyone, but with amazingly good graphics, a theme and feel that stick remarkably close the movie, and enough challenge to keep the game from being beaten in a few hours, Finding Nemo presents the first really attractive Disney movie/game tie-in in years.
  2. 70
    It's colorful and good looking, provides a good healthy level of anti-stupid puzzles and gameplay techniques and it's funny and enjoyable to boot.
  3. If you liked the movie, you will in all likelihood enjoy the game... You can think of Finding Nemo as "Ecco the Dolphin" Light.
  4. The movie sequences are an excellent addition -- there are more sequences here than in the game based on Toy Story 2.
  5. The target audience is children, but only for the young tykes out there who are new to the gaming scene. The pacing is just way too slow to appease anyone else. [July 2003, p.107]
  6. Fans of the film will enjoy interacting with the lovable characters and playing through the movie-inspired sequences, but those diligent enough to go through and complete every objective will probably come away from the game feeling a little disappointed.
  7. As an animated movie tie-in, we've come away genuinely impressed at the overall standard on offer.
  8. It might take place underwater and feature fish instead of flesh-and-bone characters (or furry one’s like “Monster Inc.’s” Sully), but gameplay in THQ’s first Disney Interactive title is as cookie cutter as the mold used by Traveller’s Tales to fulfill its contractual obligations.
  9. Very plain and ordinary, and without the Nemo license there wouldn't be much reason to actually own it.
  10. It's pretty shocking to see how well Finding Nemo's story and settings translate into a game. [Aug 2003, p.99]
  11. 59
    Too many movie clips and too little gameplay.
  12. The game seems geared towards the under 12 crowd, but despite the simplistic controls and goals, Finding Nemo can be a touch hard too quickly in specific areas, such as navigating through the pipe currents or the sliding block puzzles.
  13. For a kids game it can suddenly leap from being simpler than tying your shoes to being tougher than tying your shoes - if you're a fish.
  14. Finding Nemo was released three years ago, so by now, it can be had for less than $20, but you should save your cash, hard-earned or otherwise, for the many better kids' games out there.
User Score
5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. ImperialH.
    Jun 12, 2006
    7
    Although definetely aimed at a younger audience, I was immediately floored at the visuals of this title. Yes, the gameplay can be considered very trial and error, with most success based on memorizing the many places where danger lurks (Yes, surprisingly, you'll have to replay levels quite a bit. a noteworthy challenge). Overall though, just the fun of seeing where the game will take you next makes it a good play, especially at a budget rate of under $20. Full Review »
  2. JackD.
    Jun 21, 2003
    0
    You call this trash a game? I wouldn't pay half a pence for this!
  3. Sep 13, 2011
    0
    Quite possibly the worst game I've ever played (I know E.T. and Superman 64 are worse, but I haven't played those). This game is a complete piece of crud. The first thing worth noting is its difficulty. It's usually unfair to judge a game by its difficulty, however, this game is literally impossible! There is one level I can never get past because it's so freaking difficult! You're supposed to race Dory in this level, but she goes so fast that it takes her only seconds to get to the end, and it would take you minutes! In other words, the game is literally cheating on you! The graphics aren't very good either. While not nearly as bad as the game play itself, they're still pretty bad! It's like some little kid rolled a ball of play-doh, and a random guy walked up to them said "That looks great! I'll use it for the game I'm making!". That's my theory on it anyway! If you really like Finding Nemo, go see the movie, and stay away from this piece of crud!!!!!!!!!!! Full Review »