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Igor The Game review

Cobble together indistinct blocks and make 'em fight!

For

  • Monster battling!
  • Monster creation!
  • Puzzles!

Against

  • Pathetic graphics
  • Arbitrary battles
  • Straight up boring

Like one of the hybrid monsters in the film this is based on, Igor The Game is a hodgepodge of ideas. There%26rsquo;s monster battling, monster creation and some Dr. Mario-ish puzzling. Unfortunately, none of these are implemented very well.

Monster creation is a matter of bolting together limbs, but the graphics are so poor that even if you try to build something graceful it%26rsquo;ll end up looking like a pile of boxes. Monster-battling is carried out via the Dr. Mario bits %26ndash; clear colored blobs in a grid to fill boxes for punches and kicks; tap a box to do the move and your creature lumbers into life. These encounters don%26rsquo;t half go on, and we lost one fight even though we%26rsquo;re sure we didn%26rsquo;t see the opponent hit our creature once. It doesn%26rsquo;t help that the cutscenes are pretty lame, too. We reckon most kids won%26rsquo;t be scared stiff by the monsters here %26ndash; they%26rsquo;ll be bored rigid.

Dec 12, 2008

More Info

GenreChildren's
DescriptionSo, there's this movie coming out, starring John Cusack as Igor - a mad scientist's henchman who dreams of winning the Evil Science Fair so that one day he can become an evil scientist. This is the obligatory spin-off of that movie and somehow we doubt Mr. Cusack will be doing the voice work.
PlatformWii, PC, DS
US censor ratingEveryone, Everyone, Everyone
UK censor rating7+, 7+, 7+
Alternative namesIgor
Release date:19 September 2008 (US), 12 December 2008 (UK)
Available platforms:DS
Genre:Children's
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