Igor: The Game Review
Wii | DS
Igor: The Game box art
System: Wii, DS, PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Santa Cruz Games 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: SouthPeak Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sept. 16, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Unfortunately, Igor’s gameplay is just as poor as its presentation. The game supports one to four players at a time, with players two through four having the ability to drop in and out whenever they like. When playing alone, you will have the choice of playing as Igor, Eva, Scamper, or Brian, with the ability to cycle between these characters with a button press.

Igor: The Game screenshot

Igor can fix cog switches, Eva can break heavier objects, Scamper can jump high and electrify switches, and Brian has a fiery projectile attack. These abilities are used to solve this game’s incredibly simplistic puzzles, if you want to call them that. A door won’t open? Look, a cog needs to be placed in this hole. An oddly colored wooden fence blocks our way? It’s a good thing Eva has one powerful arm to break it with. The “puzzles” in this game never get more complex than this.

Aside from Igor’s “puzzles,” the rest of the gameplay is made up of finding items, endlessly walking around, and combat. Finding items in the game is ridiculously simply, as they are often in plain view or in the very next room you enter. You will also find yourself traversing a ton of ground in Igor, which takes forever since the game moves so slowly you’ll think the air in Malaria has been replaced with molasses. There is no ability to run, sprint, or speed up your experience in any way, so expect leisurely walking about to constitute much of your play experience.

Combat itself is an exercise in futility for a variety of reasons. The first is that most enemies seem to take a huge amount of punishment before finally dying and often just continuously respawn anyway. The second is that with the blimp-based camera view, you can’t even tell which direction your character is facing, let alone be able to actually aim at an enemy. The third, and most crucial, reason the combat in Igor is pointless is there is absolutely no way to die. Each character has a health gauge that will deplete when they receive damage. Once your character’s gauge has been depleted, they will fall to the ground for a short period of time before just getting back up with a full health gauge. There are no lives whatsoever, so if you feel like making a sandwich while playing the game, don’t bother pausing the action; I didn’t. Nothing bad can happen. In fact, your A.I. controlled teammates may even clear out a few of your enemies by the time you come back.

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From beginning to end, Igor is a perfect example of poor presentation, lousy execution, and what can happen when video games based on movies get rushed to the market to match their film’s release date. Fans of the film, or anyone planning on watching Igor for that matter, will want to steer clear of this mess, as it may manage to sully the movie for you. Even if you aren’t planning on watching Igor, I would still beseech you not to touch this game and perhaps even discourage others from doing so as well. They may not understand immediately, but if they ignore your warnings they will thank you for trying after only a few minutes of playing the game.

By Adam Brown
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
1.7
Graphics
This game looks incredibly rough and lacks detail throughout.
1.3
Control
While the controls are simple, they are incredibly sluggish and unresponsive, making a bad experience worse.
1.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Some voice work and music from the film are present, but it quickly becomes aggravatingly repetitive. Also, expect to find segments in the game with absolutely no sound.
1.0

Play Value
The game is made up of seven levels full of incredibly simplistic puzzles, annoying fetch and find quests, and clunky combat, all without the ability to die. Since the game itself isn’t any fun to play either, there is absolutely no enjoyment to be had here, even for fans of the film.

1.3
Overall Rating - Avoid
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Play alone or with up to 3 friends and drop in and out of the game at any time.
  • Play as any of the main characters from the movie with a distinct set of moves and attacks.
  • Progress through locations from the film, fight enemies, and achieve goals to advance through the storyline.
  • Relive some of the movie's most thrilling moments as you explore 7 levels filled with non-stop action and adventure.


  • Screenshots / Images
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