Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
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  1. This adventure looks great, its landscape dominated by crooked buildings and brooding grey skies; navigating Jack is simple and the characters are all well realised. A perfect children’s game.
  2. Play Magazine
    One of the most alluring hub-based adventures I've ever had the pleasure of playing. [Oct 2005, p.62]
  3. AceGamez
    It's like a work of musical art, with plenty of eventful gaming moments.
  4. The Nightmare Before Christmas isn't going to score points on original gameplay, but it makes up for it with an excellent translation of the movie.
  5. The frequent backtracking gets annoying, but given that Oogie's Revenge is like Devil May Cry and was developed by Capcom, it still manages to provide a memorable experience.
  6. PSM Magazine
    Boss battles are simple, yet well done, incorporating Jack's whip-like Soul Robber and a musical rhythm sub-game that's just very cool. [Nov 2005, p.76]
  7. 75
    The sound is superb, something about singing while you are in battle is enjoyable and at times you will find yourself singing along to the game.
  8. Pelit (Finland)
    Excellent atmosphere and great characters straight from the fantastic movie. The game itself is an average 3D action-adventure. [Sept. 05]
  9. Weekly Famitsu
    7 / 8 / 7 / 7 - 29 [Oct 2004]
  10. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Nightmare isn't a spectacular game, but the development team has done an excellent job of capturing the film's style and spirit (pardon the pun). [Nov 2005, p.96]
  11. This B-grade game isn't going to win any awards, but as far as movie-related video games go, it's one of the better entries.
  12. The gameplay is simply not good enough to compete with the production values. The developers were unable to match Burton's creativity.
  13. Fans of The Nightmare Before Christmas (the movie) will adore this game, mostly due to it staying true to the milieu and characters from the movie. Non fans will still get a kick out of the game, as it’s an enjoyable mix of platforming and music.
  14. The game features fun and innovative boss fights and your Soul Robber weapon is nice too. Those elements are solid, but Capcom didn’t perfect key aspects of the game including the terrible camera angles and repetitive fighting that causes the game to be irritating.
  15. I really wanted to enjoy Oogie's Revenge, I really did, but the game is just too little variety stretched over too much similarity in tasks. It's fun in bursts, but as a long haul action game, even I can't handle this much Halloween.
  16. Were it not for the part where you actually have to play it, fans of the film could have had a conceivably great time with Oogie's Revenge.
  17. It was fun at first, but got grindingly boring as I kept playing.
  18. Unless you really enjoyed watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, there are plenty of other action adventure games with much more value.
  19. Though a little repetitive, this game is a must for fans of the movie. [JPN Import]
  20. The film's style has been perfectly captured but the fighting action is shallow.
  21. 60
    Unpolished gameplay and poor pacing won't ever make for an outstanding product regardless of however endearing the source material may be.
  22. 60
    The fact that it was finished last year and released in Japan in 2004 and left until now, with no changes, is just one of god’s mysteries.
  23. 60
    The only problem is, it doesn't take long for combat to feel repetitive, because all non-boss enemies are dealt with in the same way -- whip, whip, whip, grab, swing, toss, repeat.
  24. I really wanted to like Oogie’s Revenge more than I did. The Soul Robber was fun to use, and the game did a great job of recreating Tim Burton’s vision. However, the constant backtracking, poor camera, and repetition make it hard to justify anything more than a rental.
  25. 60
    By the time you’ve whipped your way through a dozen or so levels, you’ll probably be getting a little bit tired of mashing the square button and twirling your analog stick. You’ll also notice that other aspects of the game are a bit sloppy.
  26. Long on style and short on substance.
  27. Looks like even Tim Burton can't help but succumb to the movie-game conversion curse. Decent action and gameplay, but nothing to write home about.
  28. Capcom, in trying to shoehorn one of their hack-and-slashers into this world, have produced something which is beautiful, but incoherent and ultimately rather average.
  29. Firstly, there's no manual camera control, which wouldn't be an issue if the game automatically chose the best positions for combat. Except it never does, meaning enemies appear from nowhere to attack you because it's too close in, or you can't really see what you're doing because it's so far away. [PSW]
  30. 50
    Oogie's Revenge isn't a particularly great action game, the story's hackneyed beyond belief, and there are plenty of reasons to be upset about the game's music, easily one of the reasons people are so crazy about the original film. In the end, though, it is a sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  31. Game Informer
    Oogie's Revenge stacks up against the original about as well as "Devil May Cry 2" or "Blues Brothers 2000." [Nov 2005, p.149]
  32. As a fan of the movie, I really love the characters, but the uninspired and repetitive gameplay really hurts it in the long run.
  33. The ambience and Burton-esque feel of the game is present and well accounted for in the music, storyline, and character voices. In fact, it’d be good enough to make another film out of it all. Too bad you’re supposed to play it rather than watch it.
  34. While it captures the sweet essence of the film from so long ago, it fails to motivate with its stale gameplay.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. JonR.
    Nov 14, 2005
    The characters and settings remain pretty close to the movie. Graphics are sweet and the game play is pretty good. The only thing i dont like The characters and settings remain pretty close to the movie. Graphics are sweet and the game play is pretty good. The only thing i dont like about this game is not being able to control the view. Full Review »
  2. Nov 20, 2015
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Let's see, next on the good ol' review agenda... Tim Burton games. Well, I only own one, so...
    The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge!
    Oh boy, this game... Is pretty decent! I may even call it my favorite PS2 game! Now let me start with the flaws before I begin to gush; You can't control camera angles, which can get kind of irritating, but it's mostly forgiven since they put the cameras at advantageous angles for you. Next, absence of a jump button. Legend of Zelda doesn't have one, moving on. My biggest complaint is that Jack moves so slowly! Now, I appreciate the enormous overworld, but when your character moves so slow that you can't traverse it fast enough, it's a problem.
    That being said, this is an incredible game. One reason is the plot; SPOILER WARNING!!!!!
    The plot of The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge is based off of a lost plot for a sequel to the movie, effectively making this the sequel. The story goes that Jack gets up and bored with Halloween (Again) and leaves for a while. Lock, Shock, and Barrel (Yes, you get to fight them) revive Oogie Boogie and Oogie brings about the idea of a dangerous Halloween. He attempts to become the leader of the Seven Main Holidays, but Jack returns. Stuff happens, and so on.
    The combat system, albeit a bit repetitive, greatly resembles Devil May Cry- I can't believe I just linked Devil May Cry with Disney- and is smooth and fluid. New attacks for your weapon, a gooey green thing called the Soul Robber, become available as you continue through. Jack also has two other forms; The Pumpkin King form allows Jack to manipulate fire. The Sandy Claws form, although mostly for keeping enemies out of an agro state, takes a level in badass come the final dance battle, where its new attack is firing SNOWBALL METEORS.
    That brings up another point; Bosses. While some, such as the Crypt Creeper, are lackluster at best, most of the bosses range from decent to freaking amazing! The highlight of these battles are the songs sung by Jack and the enemy. They take the songs from the original movie and remix them, giving them new lyrics. And they are awesome. If you collect enough music notes in the battle, you'll enter a quick-time attack scene, where you have to push buttons correctly to do more damage, but in the finale (The FILTHY Finale) you do this for 3 FULL MINUTES. And it's really fun! Hope you've been training, bud!
    Over all, this averts the Trope of "The Problem with Licensed Games" completely. With engaging gameplay, superior combat, and the use of a lost story, The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge gets a 9/10!
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  3. maxkkeogh
    Apr 4, 2008
    Capcom have done a truly brilliant job with Oogie's Revenge. They have truly captured the whimsically dark and quirky look of the film,Capcom have done a truly brilliant job with Oogie's Revenge. They have truly captured the whimsically dark and quirky look of the film, as well as nailing the ghoulish character's bittersweet innoence absoluetly spot on. The music and voice talent truly feel like a sequel to the movie, and Capcom have truly captured Burton's formula in this one.

    I took the ten away because of the game being very close to Devil May Cry's combat system, and that the storyline was a tad predictable considering where the film leaft off. also, because the game can get mildly cobfusing at points too.

    Overall, a near-on perfect movie tie-in video game replica of Burton's hit movie.
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