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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were Rabbit (PS2)

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Genre: Action & Shooter / Release Date: 2005-10-14 / Published by Konami

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      08.06.2013 22:59
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      Good game, not my cup of tea.

      This game was released in 2005, and when my younger brother bought it back home I had the attitude of "that's not a racing game. Or a fighting game. And its definitely not FIFA! There's no way I'm playing it!".

      Anyway as time progressed I was dragged into playing with him, maybe even helping him complete it - probably more likely! And when I got into it, I found I enjoyed it, now this was strange!

      The game itself is based around the film with the same name. Normally, games like this offer significant extra content to that that I could have garnered from the film, but I didn't really feel this was the case. The content is very obvious. Sounds a weird way to describe it, but following through the game it felt like I knew was coming. (As a result of seeing the film, obviously if you haven't seen the film then you probably won't have this issue!)

      I should explain this is how I felt at my age then, probably 12 or 13 years old. I found it quite mundane, but it would definitely appeal to the younger user - i.e. my brother!

      The graphics are good, nothing wrong at all with them, and there doesn't really need to be any new high level technology in these sorts of games so it worked fine. The controls again I found easily enough to get used to. This may have been more of a challenge to younger users, and I suppose this could be construed two ways - may make it more of an exciting challenge, or may make it too hard. I would tend to lead towards the former.

      Overall this game is ideal if you want a cheap (couple of quid) second hand game (its now out of production) to amuse your 9-11 year old children. I enjoyed it when playing it with my younger brother, but I didn't go and get it myself, and the game backs up that I was correct not to do so for my liking. A good game, at times pedestrian, but fun for the younger user.

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      08.04.2013 04:36
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      Fun game, ideal for children, lots of puzzles and a good two player function

      This review is of the PS2 game "Wallace and Gromit - The Curse of the Were Rabbit", originally released in 2005.

      The game is based on the animated characters from Aardman and is quite closely based on the 'Curse of the Were Rabbit' film. It's suitable for all ages, including younger children, and although several years old, is still an interesting game.

      The style of the game is an open-ended adventure and puzzle game where you can explore the area and attempt to solve problems. Some of these missions and puzzles aren't the most obvious, although I don't claim to be a very good games-player, so younger children might require some assistance in this, but they'll probably enjoy chasing all the rabbits which is a key part of the game.

      I like the ability to explore the area, even though sometimes it isn't immediately clear what I should be doing, although this adds to the challenge. It is possible to complete many of the missions in any order by exploring the town, although some sections remain locked until you progress a little further in the game.

      It is generally easy to control the character with a bit of practice and there is a short training section at the beginning of the game to explain the controls. You can also play the game with two players, one controlling Wallace and Gromit, and both have different abilities. Alternatively you can play the game alone and just switch between the characters, but two players is good to encourage children to work together!

      The game is fun for a good while, but eventually once the missions are worked through it does lose its appeal a little, as much of the game is based around these missions and puzzles. The game is though surprisingly large and it is fun to explore, so it has a reasonable amount of game-play. In many ways it reminds me of Spyro, with lots of areas to explore.

      The graphics and sound are perfectly sufficient and were good for a few years ago, but of course look dated compared to the latest games. I do find that the 3D perspective can occasionally be confusing, although moving around tends to ensure that the camera angle is corrected. The concepts behind the game aren't particularly innovative, but as a fun little game, I feel it works well.

      At the time of writing second hand copies of the game cost just two pounds including postage from Amazon and eBay, representing very good value for money. The game isn't currently in production and so it may be difficult to find new copies.

      Overall this is a recommended purchase, especially for children who don't necessarily want or need the latest games, and is currently available at a very good price.

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      26.09.2012 16:58
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      A cracking game gromit lad!

      Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the wererabbit is a PlayStation 2 game which follows the film of the same name and has Wallace, Gromit and Hutch (Hutch is a rabbit with a bit of Wallace's personality implanted but he only appears at night in replacement of Wallace) going around the town centre, Wallersley (the harbour area), Grimsley (the industrial sector) and Tottingham hall trying to fight the growing were problem.

      The game is a classic series of separate tasks with each success generating a card which you require to finish the game. Each section is split between day and night, with the two having separate tasks. The majority of the tasks centre on Anti-Pesto (Wallace and Gromit) trying to protect the giant vegetable from a variety of attacks, to help they are given a variety of guns and equipment and usually the tasks are against the clock. The main protagonists against the pair are rabbits, but all common farming animals pop-up occasionally and the giant were-rabbit has several appearances.

      All the characters have the classic Peter Sallis voice overs and the animation is chunky, fun and engages young children and is completely correct for a Wallace and Gromit tagged product. The main weapon for the characters is the bun-gun which sucks up the rabbits and shoots them into a spiralling vortexing, there are a lot of levels in which you have to collect a certain number of rabbits before getting your card.

      AS with all games like this, it's not so much the graphics which happen to be very good on this game, the voice overs which are again very good but the playability of the challenges. Too easy and the older players soon lose interest and if too hard the younger players soon lose interest. This game has a nice mix of fairly easy challenges which are usually sucking up rabbits or getting rid of unwanted posters and some truly complex ones which involve shutting vents, herding sheep or escorting the vicar to the church.

      These are hard but not impossible and after playing the game for around a fortnight we have completed about 30% of the game, this compares with Shrek3 which took about a weekend to complete.
      My two boys (3 and 4) absolutely love this game, the characters are big and bold and the challenges fun because the were creatures are deliberately larger than life. The use of the real characters from the film in a recognisable format is also a bonus and the voices appear to be very similar to the characters in the films. There are other aspects to the game, you have a shop to help Wallace grow his prize marrow, and there is a fortune teller and an interactive map which tells you where the challenges are that you've tried but so far haven't succeeded.

      There are a few issues with the game, the camera angles can be frustrating as they tend to favour a behind the character shot which is awkward if someone is firing just out of camera shot. Some of the explanations for the games can also be difficult to follow and vague at times. My favourite levels are the ones featuring a bunny hopper, they are difficult but fun to play.

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        10.01.2012 22:09

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        A good game for the price, although missions can get repetitive

        I am a big fan of Wallace and Gromit and this movie, so after recently beginning to use the Playstation 2 again and finding out they had a game, I was excited to play it. I bought it preowned for around £6, as Playstation 2 games were really cheap at that point in GAME. It is rated E for Everyone, which is fair as there is no violence in the game and sticks with the family friendly attitude of Wallace and Gromit.

        The story of the game is loosely based around the film the Curse of the Were-Rabbit that was released a couple of years ago. In the game, Wallace (a wacky inventor) and his dog Gromit (who is the smarter of the two though silent) have set up a pest control company called Anti-Pesto, unlike your normal pest controllers however, Anti-Pesto is humane. Since protecting the vegetable competition of the town they live in, now they are being hired throughout their town to protect the giant vegetables being grown by the townspeople.

        The layout of the game is similar to Grand Theft Auto, as it is a free roaming game where you can wander around the town and complete missions given to you by random people in the town even though some of the areas are restricted till you go and complete previous missions.

        You start off in a simple tutorial level where you clear rabbits from Lady Tottingtons manor, and then you are free to go and get whatever missions you want. The missions themselves are pretty simple with easy instructions to follow, probably what makes it a game that even kids could play with ease. Yet, oin some cases sometimes the instructions they give can be hard to understand. They are typically quite short to, so you don't have to play for as long as missions in other games. Usually missions consist of doing chores for people in the town, finding lost objects or clearing rabbits out of gardens.

        However, from a gamer point of view, I would not say that this game is for them. This is because after a while the missions get pretty repetitive and if you're not a fan of the television series, you are sure to become bored by the repetitive actions of the game. They are quite kid friendly though, which makes for less hassle in family households as kids can play quietly without the need of an adult. If you're a casual gamer, these missions might be good because they are simple and quick to complete.

        The gadgets are quite imaginative throughout the game, which isn't that suprising considering Wallace is an inventor! The Bun-Gun is something both the characters carry around to suck up rabbits or other things and then shoot them out. They also use the Umbrella to float down from places that would be harmful to jump from otherwise.

        The game definitely sticks to the Wallace and Gromit design as they look like the wax models we have all grown to love in their television shows and movie and most of the characters even have the original voice actors. I don't think I even saw any glitches throughout this game and they combined cutscenes with parts from the actual movie to. Each of the characters have their own special features throughout the game to, with Wallace being able to reach higher places and Gromit being able to jump into smaller areas.

        You can play the game by yourself, which is good as the computer controlled character doesn't get in the way like they can do and you can whistle for the other character to appear and help you. I however only really played this game using the multiplayer with my sister, and preferred it as it was easier working together to complete the tasks.

        In conclusion, I would say this is a great game for a Wallace and Gromit fan, as it sticks to the overall charm the television and movie had with loads to do and a lot of places in the town to visit. However, from a gamer point of view, I would not recommend it, as the gameplay isn't all that engrossing and I dont think it would be that enjoyable if you're not a fan of the characters themselves.

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        30.07.2011 19:48

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        Good, child friendly platform game, entertaining

        Well, having been a fan of the wallace and gromit sketches, and looking forward to the christmas specials, I purchased this said ps2 game in the hope of some lighthearted playtime fun. It is for ages 3+ and having said that, my little boy puts me to shame! I am currently 'stuck' at the collecting of all the rabbits that are in the gardens of a mansion house. You have to suck them up into a big hoover machine, but mine keep escaping! I believe this is still at the start of the game....my little boy is waaaaay ahead of me! Tragic, I know. It keeps him entertained and me smiling when i hear...'Yes, got another one!!'
        I purchased this item online at approximately £10.00, plus post and packaging. It seems to be a decent, platform based game, entertaining and good value for the money paid. My little boy is 6 and the controls for the charachters are easy to use and remember, so I don't have to keep reading various storylines and texts when something new happens. All in all, decent game.

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        22.07.2009 18:08

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        A good game if you're a Wallace and Gromit fan

        I am a huge fan of Wallace and Gromit and just had to get the game when it was released despite it's £29.99 price tag. When playing the game I was only slightly disappointed. The game looks and sounds just like one of Nick Park's wonderful creations. They look just like real plastecine models.
        In this Wallace and Gromit game you get to explore the town they live in, doing simple tasks for fellow towns people. Speaking of these there are plenty of them to do. And a variety to do. One sees you pulling down graffiti posters while another sees you collecting the Vicars Holy water. My favourite is fighting some evil garden gnomes. You can also do game challenges like the duck shoot, Whack a mole and football.
        However the gameplay itself isn't as fun which just sees you running around between the missions. Sometimes the instructions for the missions aren't that clear and you find yourself banging all the buttons on the controller. If your a big Wallace and Gromit fan like myself the game is good, but if you're not it doesn't appeal as much. 72%. If you're a big Wallace and Gromit fan add a few more points on.

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        11.08.2007 16:53
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        Fits the spirit of Wallace and Gromit

        Released along with the film of the same name, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (hereon WG:CWR) was not as disappointing as many television-show-turned-game release have been. Curse of the Were-Rabbit puts gives you third-person control of both inventor-extraordinaire Wallaceand his faithful canine companion Gromit, giving you control of one character whilst either AI or a second player controls the other.

        The game loosely follows the plotline of the film - with the annual local vegetable competition growing near, panic spreads when a small problem with local rabbits becomes a far larger pest situation: a gigantic rabbit ravages local prize vegetables by night and disappears (almost) without trace by day. You are free to roam as you flit between the minigame-style missions and simply exploring the town, finding cards and coins, practising amateur gymnastics with your trusty bun-guns and generally irritating the townsfolk.

        The gameplay is not particularly flawed - normal manouvres such as running and jumping pale in comparison to the extravagant feats possible with your ever-expandable invention, the bun-gun. To begin with, this humane weapon is only useful for blasting doors and the like and for sucking up pests to pop down vacuum-drains, but as the game progresses it unlocks more uses - swinging on ropes and washing lines, rapid-firing vegetables or floating comfortably down from huge heights.

        To complete the entire game (which you don't have to do to end the storyline) won't take a huge amount of time, but if you have enough patience to try and complete all the missions it'll last you quite a while.

        The only real humour is in the dialogue and stereotypes, but its understandably hard to make a game consistently make the player laugh. The target audience is definitely the younger tier - whilst the game is still endurable for those of around 15 up, it's somewhat infantile in nature and I wouldn't really reccomend buying for a mature consumer.

        The camera-work was a little shabby; the camera easily gets caught in corners expecially when you run into a tunnel, meaning you have to retrace your steps blind or switch character to be able to continue. Two player mode still uses just one screen, so the two characters have to stick together to avoid Player 2 going off-screen.

        The graphics are very smooth and glassy - sun-glares and transparent water, the lot - and the scenery changes enough for the player not to get bored of it too quickly.

        Overall, this game is certainly playable, and fits in comfortably with the films, with only minor letdowns.

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          20.04.2006 22:27
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          Cartoon game

          I have only ever paid a passing attention to the Wallace and Gromit cartoonseither on TV or at the cinema and would crtainly not class myself as a fan, the bts I have seen looked mildly amusing but I could never really understand the hype surrunding them however I guess winning an Oscar must count for something so I was interested how the concept translated to a game environment.

          My one personal opinion having played the game is that it does appear to be a bit of blatant cashing in on the name without really offerring anything exciting and original. All in all it is a pretty average offerring and I'm glad that I only bothered to rent it and would recommend that you do the same before you buy.

          Having never watched the film I have had to rely on one of my friends to confirm that the plot in the game does pretty much follow that of the film. In tha game you have to complete a number of missions on behalf of the occupants of town that you are exploring. This means that what you get is a pretty standard platform game with a number of fairly easy missions with often the toughest part being the need to actually understand what the mission is as they are sometimes not very well explained.

          The basic premise is that you have to wander around catching the rabbits that are plaguing the town. A little like the Sims you can wander around at your leisure doing whichever missions comes along and at times you will unlock extra areas of the town to explore. There are a number of gadgets to use and I did enjoy playing in the two player mode with the afore mentioned friend as you can then use both characters to complete the missions.

          There is a nice feel to the animation on the game and it does resemble the style of the films however for me this game falls over on the lack of challenge it provides and there is not really a lot of humour in the game. Many of the missions are quite short and quick to complete.

          I would recommend it but only to rent rather than buy.

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          Based on the upcoming movie, Konami s WALLACE & GROMIT: CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT for the PS2 puts fans in the shoes of Wallace and his faithful dog Gromit. The game closely follows the events in the movie, making gamers feel like they re taking part in Wallace and Gromit s big-screen adventure. The story, like the movie, begins with Wallace and Gromit protecting the annual Giant Vegetable Competition. Unfortunately, a giant vegetable-eating creature soon begins terrorizing the competition and eating the exhibits, and it falls to the pair to stop it. Gamers can select two characters per level, choosing to take Wallace, Gromit, or their Rabbit friend Hutch to explore the four areas and stop the vegetable-eating monster, the Were-Rabbit, and its Rabbit henchmen. Many of the levels require players to solve a number of puzzles, jump across platforms, and take out enemies.