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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Take 2 Interactive

Ages 7 and up

Rating Scale
5 = great,    1 = poor
Educational Value
1.0
Kid Appeal
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory screen image arrow indentSystem Requirements

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In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka is up to his tricks and games once again. He has hidden golden tickets in 5 candy bars for 5 lucky children to stumble upon and then earn a chance to tour his factory, with a special prize awaiting only one of the chosen. Charlie, the fifth ticket holder, is the only tour member that is thrilled with the experience and doesn't wreck havoc upon the magical factory.

With the help of Willy Wonka himself and the Oompa Loompas, Charlie tries to help each tour member as they succumb to their terrible fates. Will Charlie be able to help them all? Will Charlie be the last one standing?

Educational Value

Although captivating and fun are words that aptly describe Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, educational would be more than a small stretch. Even our kid reviewers were reduced to expressing educational values like, "...develops hand-eye coordination" and "... practices memory games". But, in all fairness, the program makes no claims in this area.

Kid Appeal

Users who previously enjoyed the movie version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will get a kick out of this handheld program. With many familiar characters, this is a natural follow-on adventure program. Unlike the passive experience of watching a movie, here the user gets to participate in chasing down dollar bills, rolling Violet Beauregarde to the juicer, and saving Oompa Loompas from terrible hairdos. Ok, it's still a passive experience, but a more interactive one. Our young testers had difficulty putting this one down.

Best for... / Bottom-Line

Video game fans who liked the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will find this one very compelling.

See SuperKids' comparisons with other problem solving software titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market price of the PC version. Also available for PS2, GameBoy Advance, Gamecube, and XBox.

System Requirements
PC: Windows 2000 / XP / 98 / Me / NT .

Reviewed on:
-     GameBoy Advance
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