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George of the Jungle and the Search for the Secret review

Welcome to the jungle, it's no fun and games


  • Leisurely paced
  • Easy for stupid kids!
  • Can watch TV at same time


  • Slooo...
  • ...ooooooooo...
  • ...oowwwwwwwwww

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. When he pulls a block it seems to take forever: when he fights a gorilla it’s like watching ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper’s seven-minute fight scene from They Live in tortuous slow motion.

Maybe it’s all a ploy to make the game easier for stupid kids, but as El Tigre proves, you don’t actually need to do that - kids will adapt to any challenge you give them. In other words, if you give them George of the Jungle, you’d better be ready to be tying their shoelaces for them when they’re 15.

Mar 28, 2008

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DescriptionA game based on a remake of a show from the creator of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Jay Ward. Though Ward created his cartoons to provide cheap laughs in between cereal commercials, he could never have guessed it would go so far as to be an average cash-in game.
PlatformWii, PS2, DS
US censor ratingRating Pending
Release date11 March 2008 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)