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Ratatouille (GBA)

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      27.05.2009 00:54
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      "Ratatouille" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2007 by THQ. It is based on the computer 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 story of this title follows Remy the rat as he pursues his ambitions of becoming a chef. Spread over 40 levels, Remy will run and jump through side scrolling missions to collect ingredients hidden within the level setting. After all of these ingredients have been recovered, which is every fifth level in the game, the player will then play a short cooking mini game which combines these ingredients into a dish by following on screen recipe prompts. To provide a challenge to the player each stage is timed, though in appealing to a younger audience there is little challenge to be experienced. Besides the food items there are many clock items which "refill" the time metre and allow the player considerable length in completing the assigned tasks. I found it to be impossible to run out of time unless I willingly allowed the clock to expire. Should the player run out of time, he or she will be sent back to the beginning of the stage to reattempt the task.

      The graphics are presented from a side scrolling perspective which focuses on Remy. Typical to Disney tie ins, the images are bright, colourful and large on the display. I also found the various background scenes to be diverse and reflected a wide range of scenarios seen in the film. The soundtrack is also good with upbeat and lively musical scores following the player throughout each mission.

      Overall, Ratatouille is a video game which I would recommend to younger players interested in the film. The difficulty is minimal and thus may not appeal to older players.

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