“ Manufacturer: Conspiracy Entertainment Corporation / Genre: Adventure / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / PEGI Age Rating: Age 3+ / Max. Number Of Players: 4 / ESRB Descriptor: Mild Violence / Release Date: October, 2002 „
"Animaniacs: Lights, Camera, Action!" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2005 by Ignition Entertainment. It is based on the popular Warner Brothers animated series "Animaniacs". In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
The premise of this title includes the Animaniacs starring in their own film. Players will control Yacko, Wacko and Dot on their adventure through a large movie set. After progressing in between each stage, which is no more than moving to another part of the movie set, the player will receive instructions from "The Director" on what to do to further enhance their film. These tasks can range from simple object retrieval to more in-depth enemy elimination through use of props. The controls are a definite hindrance in this title. Instead of being able to walk in typical linear compress directions (north, south, east, west) the player is subject to diagonal movement at all times. This can make object throwing tasks extremely difficult due to the lack of aiming ability allowed in the odd controls. Collision detection is also very fine and even the slightest miss will not register as a hit. These two factors alone make gameplay almost unbearable and would not likely appeal to a younger target market who the "Animaniacs" are geared towards. The game itself is exceptionally easy but poses more difficulty in the poor game mechanics.
The graphics are presented from an isometric perspective which focuses on the players character. The characters are well detailed and feature their typical attire but do appear very squished on the display. Their proportions are also very small in comparison to other humanoid characters which does not reflect the animated television series. The audio features basic musical scores including the Animaniacs theme which is frequently looped throughout play.
Overall, Lights Camera Action is not a game I would recommend to prospective buyers. The controls are far too awkward for true "control" and makes the game unnecessarily difficult.