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Arthur and the Invisibles review

Or is it Minimoys? Even Atari are never sure

Pros

  • Sometimes fun minigames
  • Nice progression of unlocking games
  • Broad range of games

Cons

  • Gets old fast
  • Games could be unlocked at start
  • Won t get much out of multiplayer

Your opinion of Luc Besson’s latest cinematic offering will have absolutely no bearing on your impressions of Arthur And The Invisibles on DS. Playable but completely losing any sense of wonder and magic, it’s a collection of fairly uninspired autumnal Crank! Point! Hit! Blow! minigames. Have you played even one of the WarioWare games? If so, you've played this already, and it was a bit better then.

On your first go, a succession of random minigames are thrown at you, asking you to complete 10 without losing more than your three given lives. After completing 10, you unlock the next batch of minigames, of which you have to complete 20, and so on.

Each set of games is controlled by a different character, whose expression is either quietly happy or else smug and evil, according to your performance.

More Info

GenreChildren's
DescriptionThe movie game is always a slippery slope, but adding tiny heroes and bugs everywhere gives this attractive action adventure an oddly appealing premise.
PlatformPS2, PSP, PC, DS
US censor ratingRating Pending
UK censor rating3+
Release date9 January 2007 (US), 2 February 2007 (UK)