I am the Pumpkin King!
Oogie's Back, and this time he has a whole army of monsters and traps to throw at the Pumkin King.
The story takes place with Jack trying to find a way to make Hallween even better. Dr. Finklestein gives Jack his newest invention called the Soul Robber; it is a green shape-changing rubber hand-like device which Jack can use to grab things and combat foes. Jack goes off in search of ideas, and while he's gone, Oogie Boogie and his three henchmen Lock, Shock, and Barrel, take over Halloween Town and force Dr. Finklestein to build an army of monsters to help Oogie in taking over the remainging hollidays to become the Seven Holidays King.
As far as gameplay is concerned, this is primarily an adventure game, with alot of fighting and a lot of singing. Throughout the game, Jack unlocks various costumes, including the Pumpkin Kig with fire-related abilities,and Santa Jack, who combats his enemies with Halloween-style presents. The music for the game is just reworded versions of the songs from the movie, and may get boring after a while. Though much of the game is three-dimensional, to defeat many of the bosses, you have to complete a series of button-pressing while Jack sings. The dance sequences can be extremely difficult at times, but are amusing.
You are rated for each level with an S, A, B, C, or D, with S being the highest. You get an overall score, called your Nightmare Rank, as well as being rated on the time you took to complete the level, the amount of damage you took, your highest combo count, and how many Exclamation Points you got, which you get from either completing the dance sequence or taunting your enemies.
There is a lot of bonus content in the game, which is viewed in Jack's house, including music, and collecting figurines on the various characters and monsters in the game.
Overall, the game is a lot of fun, but most of it is easy to get through. The music can be annoying at times, but the game itself is wonderful. My favorite part of it is torching the bad guys with the Pumkin King, which is the scarecrow Jack dressed up as in the beginning of the movie.
Nightmare Before Christmas Oogie&apos;s Revenge really IS a nightmare!!
| No, I would not recommend this product.
There are some serious issues with Nightmare's many parts. To its credit, Oogie's Revenge features a respectable amount of voice work and a good collection of music, but while those qualities and a basic retention of the film's original art style are clear positives, little can be said about the actual gameplay. Of primary concern is how too much of the experience is poorly paced and inappropriately focused on backtracking, which creates a very unnerving sense of repetition that will ultimately leave players unsatisfied with the entire production.
Had Nightmare Before Christmas not used and reused so many of its set pieces, characters, dialog, music and combat scenarios to no good end, the game might have consistently felt new, if a bit cropped. But then it's still not structured in such a way so that it's immediately clear what the next simplistic find & retrieve objective is, or at least where the next objective might be. This lack of direction works to amplify the amount of reused content by forcing players back through it all repeatedly. Had the basics behind the action, puzzle solving and limited platforming been developed enough, this might not have been such a serious problem. That's just not the case. Nightmare even manages to feature an uncanny amount of ancient videogame traps like poor cameras, misleading level design, locked doors that spontaneously unlock, objects that suddenly become useable, and new events that will happen in old places that have been visited dozens of times just because some random trigger was pulled.
Actual combat is all about using the green Soul Robber to whip, stick, swing, and pound enemies. It works like a magical lasso-spear. The basic attacks are either primitive single button combinations or simple charged swings (though a couple more advanced moves, like the furious spin, are also provided).
The lassoing at least lets Jack snatch and toss enemies about the gameworld, slam them into the ground, and even spin them around his head. That portion of fighting is fun, but still plagued by range, targeting and fluidity issues. So instead of gracefully grabbing and throwing enemies and objects with ease, it feels more like a clumsy 'stop, charge and go' sort of off-and-on action that never conveys any real sense of accomplishment or challenge. It's too simple to be interesting and too clunky to be smooth, anyway.
Eventually Jack is blessed with extra powers that let him transform into different roles. Santa Jack can drop freeze, stun or shield presents (the equivalent of bombs) and Pumpkin King Jack has the ability to breathe fire. Both forms are more like tools designed to solve certain puzzles and bypass bosses than they are direct extensions of the combat engine. So again, nothing is presented to alleviate the sense of redundancy attached to the continually looping gameplay. Even when the new holiday-themed environments are added to the mix, the game still feels like it has played itself out a few chapters back.
It's really unfortunate that Nightmare Before Christmas is so poorly paced because a few of the boss encounters that highlight the grappling mechanic and force it to be used alongside the different variations of Jack can be pretty exciting. Rhythm-based mini-games have even been included to tie the title to its musical roots, as if the constant singing didn't.
Overall, save your money and buy a book!
Fans of the Movie will Love the Game!
If you love the movie then you will love the game!
This game is great. The imagery is fabulous. Yes, a lot of it is darker colors as one reviewer put it.. however, the movie was the same way. Halloween Town is not joyful and merry... it's dark and gloomy. The graphics are very true to the movie. I loved exploring the various movie sets. Tons of fun.
As far as the music goes.. that does grow a bit old. If you are like me and can't necessarily beat the baddies on the first try then you will be hearing a LOT of music!
Overall though, the game is fun. It looks like the movie and for the most part sounds like it too. The controls are easy to get the hang of.
Give it a chance! I think you'll love it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Stop singing.. please
If you are a huge Nightmare Before Christmas fan this game will seem great but by half way thru it will test your resolve to love it.
This game has a few really aggravating points. Firstly this game is very very short it has alot of levels but 90% of them can be beat within a few moments.
Secondly and worst is in this game when you meet up with an enemy or sally you(jack) and them launch into song that just will not quit.These songs are sung to the tunes of the ones in the film but all the words are different and they end up sounding cheesy instead of cute.
You(jack) and your enemy will sing thru a whole battle and so know that if it does take you 10+ mins to beat them you will have to endure the corny singing over and over thru the battle..
For Example: It took my Husband and I 45 mins to get the doc's real brain in his head, so for 45 mins we had to listen to them singing to each other.
As for my third problem with this game, It's minor and may just be me.
But 95% of this game is in black and white and a lil brown so looking at such stark colors to play for a period of time can cause a real headache/eye strain.
I couldn't take it for very long.. maybe 30 mins at a time..
So this game gets a D+ for two big Nightmare Before Christmas fans.
Also if the above was helpful please let me know by voting. Thanks for reading.
12 of 18 people found this review helpful.
Rehash of Devil May Cry
I bought this game because I like NBC, this was a nice title, but it is a reskinned version of devil may cry. The music is pretty uninspired, It uses some of the songs from the movie, but they are done by the cast of the game, and some of he lyrics are off. The cutscenes could have used a little more time in polishing, but they are passable. Some of the levels are a little frustruating, but overall, it's an OK game