Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  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. Not only does it accurately reproduce the movie experience, but it also matches it without missing a beat.
  3. One of the most alluring hub-based adventures I've ever had the pleasure of playing. [Oct 2005, p.62]
  4. It's like a work of musical art, with plenty of eventful gaming moments.
  5. Although the combat lacks fluidity, and the gameplay needs help in the innovation category, Oogie's Revenge stays truthful to the film from which it was spawned, and is sure to please fans.
  6. Solid but not particularly inspired. [Dec 2005, p.112]
  7. The gameplay is simply not good enough to compete with the production values. The developers were unable to match Burton's creativity.
  8. Although the songs may be faithful to the film, the voice of Jack Skellington isn't, and as such it feels odd to try and relate to the skinless charlatan. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. It was fun at first, but got grindingly boring as I kept playing.
  13. 60
    Unpolished gameplay and poor pacing won't ever make for an outstanding product regardless of however endearing the source material may be.
  14. 60
    This flawed action-adventure title kicks the long, spindly legs right out from under the Nightmare franchise and threatens to disappoint young and old gamers alike.
  15. 50
    A vaguely solid effort, and strides ahead of most emetic licences, but still crushingly repetitive and disappointingly dull, considering the generally well-regarded imagination of the film.
  16. Oogie's Revenge stacks up against the original about as well as "Devil May Cry 2" or "Blues Brothers 2000." [Nov 2005, p.149]
  17. In a move that will surely infuriate some, Capcom included a dancing/rhythm element to boss battles.
  18. 50
    Adding to the repetitive mayhem is the insane decision to have "This Is Halloween" from the soundtrack play whenever Jack enters combat. No, not every once in a while or during a boss battle, but every single freakin' time you encounter an enemy, that familiar tune kicks in.
  19. As a fan of the movie, I really love the characters, but the uninspired and repetitive gameplay really hurts it in the long run.

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