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Space Chimps review

Non-super monkey… balls


  • Setup is promising
  • Not too difficult
  • Erm... original voice talent?


  • Another movie tie-in
  • Offensively familiar
  • Visually repulsive

Don%26rsquo;t feel too bad if you%26rsquo;ve not even heard of the film this game has been tossed off to accompany. It%26rsquo;s not Pixar, and it%26rsquo;s not Dreamworks %26ndash; they%26rsquo;re doing very nicely with Wall-E and Kung Fu Panda, thanks very much, and Space Chimps, with its so-so animation and C-list voice talent, is never going to be able to compete with either movie. It%26rsquo;s Don Bluth-esque. The set-up is promising enough %26ndash; Ham, a circus chimp descended from the first simian in space, is press-ganged into joining a monkey-manned mission to a new galaxy, alongside play-it-by-the-book captain Luna, and lunkhead Titan. When the hairy trio arrives on a strange planet, they find themselves dealing with a brightly-coloured civil war, and charged with the task of defeating the evil King Zartog.

The reason we%26rsquo;ve gone into the movie in such detail is because there%26rsquo;s literally nothing to say about this staggeringly woeful tie-in that won%26rsquo;t have occurred already to anyone who%26rsquo;s ever suffered through any of the scores of invention-free CGI cartoon platformers that have been unceremoniously plonked on our console in the past. Whether you%26rsquo;re traveling through the belly of a giant sand beast or swinging through the alien jungle, the double-jumping, swinging, switch-flicking and so on are so exhaustingly familiar that you can zip through with your eyes closed from the word %26lsquo;go%26rsquo;. The truly dire visuals are just the canker on the cake. Some children may enjoy the mediocre movie, but even they will recognise a complete rip-off of a game when they see it. This is a worthwhile game purchase in the same way that a greasy Happy Meal is a healthy source of nourishment.

Aug 22, 2008

More Info

DescriptionAnother movie tie-in and this time it isn't a Pixar or Dreamworks - does it really matter? It may seem promising but is really something that is offensively familiar.
PlatformXbox 360, PS2, Wii, DS
US censor ratingEveryone, Everyone, Everyone, Everyone
UK censor rating7+, 7+, 7+, 7+
Release date:15 July 2008 (US), 1 August 2008 (UK)
Available platforms:Xbox 360
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