For a start, the combat - centered on Jack’s gooey "Soul Robber" whip and his holiday-themed costumes, such as a Santa outfit - doesn’t feel as slick as we’d like. There are plenty of moments where it just isn’t responsive enough to cope, despite the ability to dodge, or fling enemies about with your soggy whip - especially since your enemies respawn as soon as you step back into an area you’d previously cleared.
And there’s one detail that’s guaranteed to make you want to destroy people’s faces: Jack’s ‘Soul Robber’ voice sample, which blares out of his gum-free gob every... single... time... you use your weapon’s strong attack. That. Makes. Us. Mad.
To be fair to the developers, it does actually mirror the movie really rather well. It’s still got charm, in its characters and its locations and, endearingly, the encounters that see Jack decimating foes with a colorful song and dance routine. It’s also huge, and offers some quaint bonuses for those willing to perfect their performances.