Reviews and Problems with Astro Boy: The Video Game
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Fantasy violence permeates movie-based side-scrolling game.
Common Sense Media
19 December 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that Astro Boy: The Video Game , is rated E10+ because it contains a lot of fantasy violence. Robots, some very human in appearance and behavior, engage in destructive combat blowing each other apart. Astro Boy's weapons include hand cannons, a "drill attack," and a "butt machine gun," in which guns pop out of his bottom. Also, the game's themes and action could frighten younger kids.
Excerpt: Astro Boy has been an important part of both gaming and animation for quite a long while, even dating back to the early 1960s. Since the series conception, several games, animated series and even a new American movie have popped up all over the place. This game, which is an attempt at bringing the American movie to life in video game form, is a simple and child-friendly action platformer that not once captures the true essence of Astro Boy.
Excerpt: Astro Boy: Omega Factor is one of the Game Boy Advance's best games. It's fast-paced, challenging, endlessly replayable, and above all, a total blast to play. Astro Boy: The Video Game tries to be Omega Factor , but it doesn't measure up to the standard. That's not saying much; Omega Factor is a tremendously great action/arcade game that set the bar out of reach for most other games in the genre.
Excerpt: Osamu Tezuka created the first Astro Boy manga in 1951, and with it he gave birth to the style we now know as anime. Name a traditional anime element and chances are it first appeared here – giant eyes, tiny mouths, transforming robots, and lots more. Since then, Astro Boy’s look has gone on to influence the art style of countless video-games (not to mention serving as a pretty obvious inspiration for the Mega Man series), so it only makes sense to see the boy robot star...
Excerpt: The ability to fire lasers from his arms, fly with rocket-propelled feet, and shoot down enemies with machine guns from his backside are all things boy-robot Astro Boy performs with the greatest of ease, as showcased in the original Astro Boy manga, as well as now featured in the recently released motion picture of the same name.
Pros: Slightly more fun with a buddy
Cons: Sloppy hand-to-hand combat, Repetitive level design, Muddy and unimpressive graphics, Too short
Excerpt: I’m not the least bit surprised if a game based on a newly released movie or is a tie-in story related to a theatrical release turns out to be a horrible gaming experience and a shameless way to rake in extra cash. Then again, a very rare few movie-based games actually surprised us with fun gameplay elements that made it worth buying.
Excerpt: I’m quite fond of the original Astro Boy anime. While not a diehard fan, I came across the anime during a late night cartoon block and immediately fell in love with the character and world he inhabited. There was something so innocent and pure about the animation, Astro Boy himself, and the adventures he went on.
Conclusion: Diehard fans of the film…if there are any, should definitely check this game out! Parents looking for a squeaky clean fun 2-player game for their children may also find what they are looking for in Astro Boy the Video Game. But with an estimated retail value of $39.99 anyone else may want to steer clear or pickup the game on a cheaper platform. If you still really want to enjoy 3 hours of Astro-action, you could always see the film 2 times.