"Finding Nemo" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2003 by THQ. It is based on the animated film of the same name. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
The gameplay of this title reflects a simple platform title release. In an underwater setting, players control Nemo in his aquatic life. Assorted still images are presented in between stages to suggest where Nemo is in relation to the film but I did not find the task requirements to be accurate to the film. Nemo will swim and collect rings and pearls. Pearls act as keys in the game and can be placed in an open oyster to unlock any nearby area to progress further into the game. Occasionally paths in the ocean will be blocked by debris and Nemo can attack them with his tail repeatedly to remove this obstruction. The infrequent enemy can also be dealt with in a similar fashion. These tasks are repeated throughout each stage and thus can become a repetitive play, though completion of the levels unlocks unique still images from the film which can be viewed at a later time by accessing the game's gallery.
The graphics are presented from a side perspective which focuses on Nemo. The detailing of the characters is good and is accurate to their in film conuterparts. The background scenes are very repetitive as the game is only featured in an underwater scenario but this did allow developers considerable time to implement interesting and colourful coral features. The soundtrack is comparably simple with more gentle musical scores and effects accompanying the player throughout.
Overall, Finding Nemo is a game that would directly appeal to fans of the film. It is a simple play and could be geared towards a younger audience. It is not something which I would recommend outside of these specific markets.
we love this game in our house as it really reflects on the great film of finding nemo. it is colourful, fun with lots of different challenges. graphics are great. lots of fun. easy to use and good for all ages. it is a shame that you dont get to play as more of the delightful characters that are in the film. overall pretty good but as always could have been made so much better to match the excellent film from Disney.
an excellent game enjoyed by both myself my husband and my children. the game is bright and colourful and fun. nemo is a cheerful fish on his way to his first day at school when he gets into all sorts of adventures and fun. finding bubble rings and star rings pearls and play mates but aviod the clams.
quite an easy game to get into.
the oject is to reunite nemo and his dad. not completed it yet but having hours of fun trying.
Finding Nemo for GBA is so cool that if it were a vegetable it would be a cucumber. Supposed to be a Christmas present for my 8 year old, I grabbed both game and console in an effort to reunite our beloved Nemo with his dad. And I did it!
The first thing I've got to mention in a review of this game are the graphics. Finding Nemo is a kids game and the developers have kept this in mind by making all the visual effects in the game as cute and colourful and detailed as possible. They've done a cracking job too. The characters are identical to the fish used in the film and the scenery is more or less spot on too, I defy anyone to spot the difference between GBA Nemo and DVD Nemo. They're brilliant.
Gameplay is a piece of proverbial. The very first level contains an excellent tutorial and you'll soon learn that only the 2 buttons on the front of your GBA are used, the shoulder buttons are not included in gameplay at all which makes everything simple enough for even the youngest players. Forwards, backwards, up and down. These are the only things you need to master in order to control your fishy friend. All the fish respond instantly to the touch of a button, which makes for some exciting scenes when you're trying to escape the clutches of a scuba diver!
When I first saw the game I imagined it to be an action type adventure but I quickly realised that Finding Nemo is more puzzle orientated than a lot of other kids films that have been adapted to console games. You're constantly looking for something, whether it's pearls to close a clam (which lets you advance through the maze of levels) or anemones which will restore your health. These things are easy to find, although it's worth keeping an eye out for the pearls and making a mental note of where they are as you'll often pass a pearl and 5 minutes later get to the clam and have to back-track. While the puzzle aspect of the game is pretty straightforward, your reflexes are tested by the fact that for a lot of the time you're being chased by some nasty sea creature intent on tasting Nemo and at the same time you're trying to avoid mines or jellyfish. In the midst of this action you'll need to keep an eye out for air bubbles which (when you've collected enough) will give you access to Dorys memory puzzle game - this is the only 'hidden' aspect of the game so don't imagine you're going to be able to unlock characters or bonus levels as you go along. Cos you can't.
One thing lets Finding Nemo for GBA down. For some (probably cost cutting) reason none of the fish speak. Who doesn't love the cuter-than-cute voice of Nemo in the film? Any dialogue from the fish is printed on the screen rather than audio, also the soundtrack from the film is used in the game but it's disappointingly short clips of music. This is a shame because the addition of the vocal talents of the actors would make for a more 'realistic' gaming experience. Realistic as talking clown fish go, of course...
I completed Finding Nemo in roughly 15 hours, I've spoken to other gamers who have finished the game in 8-20 hours so it's got a pretty short life span for an adult player. You'll need to make a note of passwords along the way in order to save the game which is quite irritating but necessary unless you're planning to complete it in one sitting, which I suppose is possible if you're a hard-core gamer. The 8 year old this game was intended for has now claimed back her GBA and game and is ploughing her way through the levels, finding some aspects of the game boringly simple and other areas frustratingly difficult. It's not a game she'll get bored of in a hurry, and it's one of those games which you can easily put down for a couple of weeks and then go back to and be able to play as if you've never had a break.
We paid £30 for this just before Christmas but checking on Amazon you can now grab a copy for £12.97 which is an absolute bargain! The game has a recommended minimum age of 3+ which I'd say is about right. A young child would enjoy the first couple of levels which are basically navigating Nemo or Marlin through simple levels, but older children will find it challenging as they progress through the game.