Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 20
  2. Negative: 16 out of 20
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  1. It follows the beloved storyline with a wonderful cinematic flair, top-notch audio design, colorful yet simple graphics and a basic set of gameplay mechanics. However, a lacking of innovation and overall gameplay and graphical polish stunt the game's full potential and leave it as a just-above-average title only fans of the material and/or genre will find any value in.
  2. The story of Charlie and his journey into the surreal world of Wonka is completely misrepresented in this game and it is unfortunate to see how poorly executed the experience is when compared to other child friendly offerings on the market.
  3. 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.
  4. This factory comes off more like a real industrial complex than the fantastic playground of a fop who makes candy with magical midgets.
  5. 35
    The musical score of the game will get on most peoples nerves within the first 20 minutes.
  6. 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.
  7. 25
    An abysmal, close to unplayable mess.
  8. AceGamez
    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.
  9. The controls are awful, the camera is beyond appalling, the graphics are hideous, the environments are bare, the gameplay is unbearably repetitive and the whole thing is an utter chore to play.
  10. Kids and adults will find themselves frustrated with bad camera angles and dimwitted Oompa Loompas.
  11. The fantastical wonder that is the factory just doesn't feel as interesting or as fun as the movie and much of the situations begin to feel more like work. I highly suggest you skip this one.
  12. Game Informer
    This has to be one of the worst games I've had the displeasure of playing in quite some time. [Sept 2005, p.100]
  13. Play Magazine
    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]
  14. Well, it does have nice music and decent voice-acting. That's all though, and for the same amount of money this game costs, you could see the movie and buy Psychonauts off eBay.
  15. Official Xbox Magazine
    This third-person adventure had a lot of potential, but the bugs and overall sloppy design make this sweet treat leave a bad taste in our mouths. [Oct 2005, p.102]
  16. One particular puzzle is solved by gathering Oompa Loompas and setting them to tasks while Charlie does the more physical work such as throwing vine balls into pipes. It's as pointless a task as Sisyphus' punishment in Hades, and you have to do it five times. In a row.
  17. 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.
  18. (Altogether now) Oompa Loompa Doompadee Dah, I'm stunned I bothered getting so far. You will live in misery too, if you play this Oompa Loompa Loompa Doompadee Doo. (Doompadee Doo.)
  19. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#49 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2005
User Score

Overwhelming dislike- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 8 out of 8
  1. JackN.
    Nov 7, 2005
    I gave this game to my cusin for his birthday, after about 30 seconds of playing he started to cry. (luckey i had the receipt.)
  2. p2roar
    Aug 9, 2005
    Horrible to play,horrible to watch,horrible to subject a child to.They will be crying all day!
  3. JeremyD.
    Jul 22, 2005
    Similar to pikmin.......but worse confusing puzzles, confusing puzzles and more confusing puzzles they could have made this game ALOT better!Similar to pikmin.......but worse confusing puzzles, confusing puzzles and more confusing puzzles they could have made this game ALOT better! the best thing they could have done was change the gameplay! this game kinda sucks but its ok. IF you really like c.a.t.c.f. just rent it! Full Review »