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      15.04.2009 22:16
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      "Jim Henson's Muppets" is a video game released for the Gameboy Color in 2000 by Take 2 Interactive. It is based on the popular character franchise 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 game is portrayed as a platform adventure title. Numerous Muppet characters have disappeared and it is the player's job to recover them. The player has the choice between popular Muppets characters "Kermit" and "Animal", and has control over a sophisticated time machine to select stages to complete. There is little difficulty as one might expect from this title which appeals to a younger market. There is little attention given to dealing with various enemies the Muppets may encounter. Instead, there are many ways which the player can avoid contact such as climbing up ladders and simply jumping over the obstacle. In events where contact is necessary then the player is equipped with paper airplanes to use as weapons. It is a simple game overall requiring little effort on behalf of an adult player but could engage a younger mind for a longer period.

      The graphics are great and show good detailing on behalf of the developers. Both Kermit and Animal are well animated and feature solid attention to the facial designs. I did find the environmental features to be of a poorer standard but still come across as well drawn for the settings which the Muppets find themselves in. The sound is also of an acceptable standard and does not overly stick out during gameplay. There are vocal fragments which occur sporadically but are of a higher bitrate which allows clarity in what is being said.

      Overall, Muppets is a child friendly game which would fit in well with a more relaxed collection. It would not likely appeal to an adult but could perhaps see some success with fans of Jim Henson's creations.

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