Peter Pan
The Motion Picture Event

Format: GBA

3 546430 109946
Age Restrictions: 3+

Fight pirates, explore Neverland, see mermaids and do so much more in this action game based on the Universal Studios motion picture event, Peter Pan. Relive the classic story with Peter, Wendy, John, Michael and Tinker Bell as they journey from London to Neverland and face the dreadful Captain Hook...

Peter Pan: The Motion Picture Event has all the hallmarks of a classic story - hell, it is a classic tale. So, at least you know that the plot is going to be good. But the big question is whether the game developer's have remained faithful to this tale and, if so, whether they have designed gameplay and graphics to complement it.

You start off as Peter Pan and must chase after your shadow. Now I may be getting a little old, but I only managed to catch my shadow by accident. There is a very simple solution - if you look at the screen and work out how to trap it, but I'm obviously getting slower the older I get.

You then move on to confront Captain Hook and his crew - beware of those huge cannonballs. So far, so good, but there is nothing deeply exciting or impressive about the early levels - apart from the inclusion of photo-realistic images of the characters from the movie. These images only appear as the characters give you information on what is happening in the game. The graphics of the characters that you control are pretty well detailed, considering just how small they are.

As the game progresses, there are more challenges and some pretty nice set pieces, but ultimately these are too few and far between to really get excited about.

While this is a very playable game, it will only really appeal to the very young gamers out there - or the ones who have never grown up.

Nick Smithson

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