You know how when you’re going through a traumatic experience, time seems to slow down as you take in the full horror of what’s happening? For the first five minutes, we sort of thought that was happening with George of the Jungle. It’s a side-scrolling platform game, but George bounces along (feet not touching the ground, of course) at such a slow-ass pace it’s almost like he’s deliberately trying to upset Sir Isaac Newton.
This is based on the Cartoon Network animation of the same name. Incessant music irritates throughout although the colourful graphics at least evoke the TV show it’s based on. However, the platforming is so dated it’s practically prehistoric, the level design is uniformly poor and the minigames are, without exception, excruciatingly dull.
Much like George of the Jungle the movie, we suspect this would suddenly become massively entertaining if experienced under the influence of various intoxicants. As a platformer it’s not awful, but that’s probably the best that can be said about it. Still, despite its licensed nature and similarity to so many other genero-games, the Wii controls are actually decent enough. Often intuitive, they make pretty decent and unintrusive use