“ Genre: Adventure / published by: Atari „
"Arthur and the Minimoys" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2007 by Atari. It is based on similar "Arthur" releases for other popular gaming platforms such as the personal computer and Playstation 2. In Europe, the game received an age rating of 7+ by the PEGI panel.
The plot of this title keeps with the motion picture release of the same name. The player is first required to survive a pillage by opposing forces and seek revenge on those who destroyed his or her community. The game itself is a side scrolling adventure and offers 20 stages of play which are concise, simple and offer little challenge to the player. Despite this straightforwardness, the game is filled with a great variety of tasks to play through; Some will see the character playing on the ground and others in the air. The development of these tasks, however, was poor. I found the game to be very similar throughout in terms of platform and enemy placement. The game became very predictable and this sense of "knowingness" made the game very boring.
The graphics of this title are not particularly good. The majority of the scenes will feature the player outdoors within what appears to be tall grass. These images are continually looped throughout the vast part of the game which does not make for a pleasing experience visually. The character detailing is lackluster though I was able to differentiate between my own sprite and enemies clearly. The audio of this game is also of a poor standard, featuring only three identifiable musical scores which are frequently replayed throughout the game. The crux of the sound effects are a series of "beeps" and "boops" which, in no way, make use of the Advance's technology.
Overall, I would not recommend Arthur to prospective buyers. Its combination of simple gameplay and poor visuals make for an otherwise below average experience. This could perhaps entertain fans of the film but I would not suggest it as appropriate for those outside of this market.