Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge

 
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Musical action game will please movie's fans.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence

Players whip monsters into dust, but the presentation is cartoonish and bloodless.

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

Based on the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game continues the action from the animated movie. The game is set in a haunted world full of familiar monsters like skeletons and witches, many of whom are friendly and sweet rather than scary. Players will fight hundreds of creatures, but the battles are bloodless and cartoonish.

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What's it about?

Like the movie on which it was based, TIM BURTON'S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS: OOGIE'S REVENGE tells the tale of Jack Skellington, hero of Halloween Town. Jack returns from his search for new, improved thrills and chills to find that Oogie Boogie has made the frightening-yet-fun Halloween Town menacing, filled with traps and dangerous ghouls. Players assume the role of Jack, embarking on a relatively long and action-packed single-player mission to restore Halloween Town to its silly-scary status, and stop Oogie from taking over the other holidays.

The game provides plenty of opportunities for fighting through more than 25 levels. Jack uses an elastic tentacle called the Soul Grabber to snap and lasso enemies, and as a grappling hook to swing and climb. The game's boss battles are frequently livened up with song-and-dance interludes that involve damage-dealing rhythm games in which players must hit buttons in time to the music.

Is it any good?

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Although experienced players might find the action simple, this video game sequel to the movie provides a satisfying adventure in a delightfully macabre world. Most impressively, the game captures the sweetly morbid mood of the movie. The graphics are perfect for representing the cartoonish, almost toy-like nature of the characters and settings. Yes, Jack is fighting his way through legions of skeletons, ghosts, and trolls, but the undead manage to seem more cuddly than creepy: Skeletons dangling from nooses casually read books as they hang; Jack rides a sleigh made from a coffin pulled by reindeer skeletons.

There are some problems. The battle viewing angles are sometimes poor, and fighting can get tiresome as Jack whips his way through hordes of rather weak enemies. And some songs play too frequently. But even the most tedious sequences are beautiful to behold.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the marketing of games tied to movies. How are movies used to sell other products like video games to children (and vice versa)? Are you more likely to want a game just because it has a character they know from a film? Do these games live up to your expectations?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2, Xbox
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Buena Vista Interactive
Release date:October 10, 2005
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for (PlayStation 2, Xbox)

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Teen, 16 years old Written bymrwonka02 April 9, 2008
 
fun, but it might scare,and challenge younger game players
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Adult Written byrobodad April 9, 2008
 

Good fun for everyone, especially fans of the movie

The staff review is spot on as far as gameplay, graphics and more, so I won't rehash that all. I have a two year old son, and my wife hates when I play any violent games for fear of my son watching them. However, after seeing the cartoony "voilence" of this game, she was aok with it, as was I. My son loves to watch the game for the unique characters, colors and music. The "violence" is pretty silly and over the top - like grabbing a skeleton with a rubber gummy whip and slamming him into a wall until he flies apart into his component bones. There's no blood, no language, no screaming in pain when an enemy hits you (or you hit them) and nothing even vaguely realistic about the game. It's a good game to have around if you have kids. My son loves to call out where "bad guys" are, and he sits with his own unplugged controller, pretending to play. He loves this game, an frequently asks for me to play it.

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