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Peter Pan (GBA)

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      24.05.2009 02:06
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      "Peter Pan" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2003 by Atari. It is an action game based on the motion picture 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 story follows Peter Pan in seemingly his encounters with Captain Hook. The player assumes the role of Peter Pan and guides him through a series of naval related scenes with cannonballs and pirates. He is on a search to recover gold coins which generate points for the player. It relates very closely to a standard platform release in periods of actual gameplay with the player running, jumping and avoiding enemy confrontation. Text based dialogue in a central feature of this game and takes the player through the recent Peter Pan story in its its entirety. I found myself bored with this game quickly due to the few moments of gameplay in exchange for the few minutes of reading. It may appeal to those who knowingly enter the game with the presumption that they will read a lengthy virtual novel but not having known this I found the dialogue scenes to be highly intrusive.

      The graphics are presented from a side scrolling perspective which focuses on Peter Pan. The visuals of this title appear to be very dated and could have been intended for a release on the earlier Gameboy Color. Character sprites are small, flat and lacking in finer facial details. This is similarly seen in the background scenes which are, too, "flat" in appearance. Colouring is acceptable but only features solid fragments without any finer shading. The soundtrack is comparably poor with basic musical scores and "beeping" sound effects following the player throughout.

      Overall, Peter Pan is not a game I would recommend to prospective buyers on this more modern platform. It would likely have seen more success if released on the prior Gameboy Color system but severely lacks in terms of the Gameboy Advance and its hardware capabilities.


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