Astro Boy: The Video Game Review
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Astro Boy: The Video Game box art
System: Wii, PS2, PSP, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: High Voltage 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: D3 Publisher 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 20, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Astro Boy has a number of abilities that can be upgraded. You'll locate these blue-colored upgrades throughout the levels. Most of them are located directly in your path, but others will require some searching. Health, jets, and weapons can all be upgraded, but you don't have any choice in what gets upgraded. That is dictated by the blue upgrade. Each upgrade is immediately noticeable and invaluable, as the level of difficulty seems to increase along with your new abilities. Although Astro Boy can fly and has an incredible arsenal of weaponry at his disposal, the game limits the amount of special moves that you can make. Near the top of the screen is an indicator that displays the number of moves you have left, so you have to learn to conserve them. Use the special moves only when necessary. Average enemies can be disposed of with punches and kicks.

Astro Boy: The Video Game screenshot

The commands are quick and satisfying. Almost every punch or kick connects, as long as you're in range. Astro even has a great backflip move that allows him to get in close and get out fast. Wall jumping is another great move, and you can even link moves together to increase your devastation and unleash some cool combat animations. Pressing the D-pad down will turn all of the enemies into health for a short period. The more enemies that you surround yourself with the more health you will acquire, but at the risk of them returning to full enemy status with you a little too close for comfort.

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As a traditional side-scroller, Astro Boy: The Video Game has just the right amount of new features to keep it from being an old-school clone. The backgrounds display depth and detail, although many of the textures look like sheets that were wrapped around the buildings and platforms. The voiceovers, especially the narrative, is well done. The story follows events in the movie and even goes beyond. The music is mostly upbeat and catchy, perfectly capturing the essence of each situation. There's not a lot of replay value here, just increases in difficulty. Parents should note that although the game has plenty of combat, there is no blood, as the enemies are all robots. While that may be admirable, the robots could at least explode. Instead they just fade away, like the memory of this game will from your mind after it's completed.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.4
Graphics
Colorful, simple graphics with nice detail, smooth animation, and good variety of character models.
4.5
Control
Responsive control system with a good assortment of moves and weapons.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Catchy, upbeat music with a good story. Somewhat repetitive.
3.4
Play Value
Repetitive gameplay with little replay value. Play in small doses.
3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Based on the movie, control Astro Boy as he fights his way across Metro City and the surface, battling hordes of enemies and colossal bosses.
  • 360 degree Flight Combat levels add variety to the traditional side-scrolling platform action levels.
  • Intuitive combat system that adds depth to gameplay without the complexity.
  • Upgradable systems for Astro Boy take his classic abilities like Laser Fingers and Rear Machine Guns, and boosts it up a notch with Arm Cannon and Drill Attack.


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