Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius
Genre Kids -> Kids
Today's Rank 12175
USA
Date N/A
Publisher THQ
UK
Date 2002-03-18
Publisher THQ
Based on the Nickelodeon movie of the same name, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius follows the adventures of a whiz kid and his robot dog, Goddard. The parents of Retroville have been kidnapped, and it's up to Jimmy to save them while defeating the vile Yokians and the evil King Goobot. Before Jimmy can do that, however, he must find all the parts of a spaceship so he can embark on his quest. At his disposal are a wide variety of gadgets, including lasers, goo guns, jetpacks, rockets, and grappling guns. The game features 24 levels that take place in locations such as Retroville, a meteor field, and the Yokian Empire. Perhaps the strongest part of the game is its multiplayer mode, which supports up to four players via link cable. In this mode, players compete to collect the most coins while slowing the opposition with goo darts. The single-player game incorporates basic platform elements. Players spend most of the time running, jumping, and collecting objects. It's hardly innovative, but it works for a younger audience. The four racing levels also add some variety. Extremely young gamers may need an adult handy to deal with the game's heavy text and poor save system; the latter uses long passwords to track a player's progress. All in all, this is a good game for fans of the series. It features strong graphics and plenty of the film's flavor. Adept players will breeze through the single-player game, although the multiplayer mode provides a fair amount of replay value. --Raymond M. Padilla Pros: Sharp graphics Awesome gadgetry Great multiplayer gameplay Cons: Single-player game is very basic No in-game saves Lots of text may provide too frustrating a challenge for younger kids
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