Spy Kids 3-D for Gameboy Advance
The year... was 2003. A four year old EmosewaRepus is standing in a movie theater to see Spy Kids 3-D, when he is handed a pair of cardboard glasses with red and blue lenses. He is confused. He asks his mother, "What are these for? Won't they make the movie harder to see? I don't get it!" When he went into the theater, and was instructed to put on the glasses, he experienced a new dimension. Awestruck by the inexplicable magic of the 3D effects, he soon purchased the videogame tie-in for his Gameboy Advance. And then he stopped reffering to himself in the third person.
Anyways, to me at the tender age of four, I was amazed by the 3D effects, and I was introduced to the "Spy-Kids" franchise which I became obsessed with. I got the video game, and I played that sucker all the way through, multiple times. When I joined viz, I wondered if they had the game. Sure enough, they did. It was an insta-buy. I played it all the way through on RGR AGAIN, and then I tracked down a physical copy and booted it up on my old DS Lite. I played it all the way through once again.
Why? Mostly for the sake of reminiscing. There really isn't anything special about the game for me aside from that, so I guess my review could be a little biased. For the review I'll try my best to look at the game as just another game, rather than one that holds any sentimental value for me- because I'm willing to bet that you don't have any sentimental value for the game, am I right? :P
One thing I like about the game is that it offers more than just a simple platformer. There are some levels where you race against other players, and some levels where you stomp through a virtual city equipped with a massive, hulking battle-mech. It really delivers on variety and is very unique, and I can't say the same about other video-game tie-ins.
And, it actually has a plot. The plot of the game is pretty much the same as the movie, but... not EXACTLY the same. The evil Toymaker has created an equally evil videogame called "Game Over" that traps people inside it, and Juni's friends have been trapped inside- and so has his sister. He needs to go into the game and rescue them. So, while you're platforming and playing the levels, you'll find relatives and friends from the Spy Kids trilogy waiting for you to find them. Since the story is good, I gave it a score of "7".
This game is difficult and challenging. The platforming sections can become quite tedious, and the enemies aren't just like "Goombas" or "Koopas". Instead you have little, drumming blue bugs who will shoot at you at the speed of light and kick you until you die. So the game is pretty challenging, in fact, so much so that I gave the game a 9 in difficulty level.
The game has alot of things you can unlock. For example, the game comes with a pair of 3D glasses because if you find the OSS cards that are scattered around the levels, you can unlock 3D stills from the movie as well as video clips and featurettes. I had alot of fun collecting the unlockables, and if you're the kind of gamer who likes to take everything you can get out of a game, you'll probably have fun completing the OSS cards as well. It is this that gives the "Depth" a score of 8.
Now, next up is addictiveness. This one is hard, because I may be extremely likely to play it again due to my fond memories of the game, but I have to look at it from a different perspective. Would a person who just wants to play a decent game who has little knowledge or fondness of the franchise find the game addicting? Honestly, I'd have to say no. This is probably the game that you will play through once, and then set it down and never look back. And thus, I give it an addictiveness score of 3.
Also, the sound of the game is not good at all. The music is not well written and gets annoying, and the other sound effects are irritating. Whenever your character gets hit by an enemy, you hear this screeching, high-pitched whine- whenever you defeat an enemy, you hear an irritating, pixelated bug-splat noise. For that reason, the sound of Spy Kids 3-D gets a measly score of four. This is a game you'll want to turn down your volume for.
The graphics of the game aren't really that impressive, either. It's graphics pale in comparison to many GBA games, especially games like Super Monkey Ball Jr. that have GENIUS graphics. There's no unique aesthetic to the game's graphics, and in a game with unique gameplay, you find yourself wishing that there was. The graphics are pretty cookie-cutter, and you should be familiar with most of the levels' environments.
So... the overall rating I put on the review reflects my experience and my fond memories. I doubt you'll have the game in as high regards as a game worthy of an 8.2 overall score. Since it says "YOUR overall rating of the game" I felt inclined to put this there. But the average gamer will probably see the game as more of a "6 Overall" kind of game. Either way, if you're looking for a charming platformer that will give you a break from games like Mario and Sonic that seem to be everywhere, this will offer an enjoyable and rewarding experience. You may not feel for it as fondly as I do.
That concludes this review! Make sure to check out my review of "Super Monkey Ball Jr."!
Graphics 6 Sound 4 Addictive 3 Depth 8 Story 7 Difficulty 9
Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over Description:
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