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What is it?
WALL.E is an action platformer based on the Disney Pixar movie of the same name. You play as the trash crushing robot WALL.E and are joined by the egg-shaped EVE. WALL.E sections play as a cross between traditional platform gameplay and third-person shooter action. EVE sections see the robot flying through the air, taking out targets or simply speeding through tunnels. A selection of mini-games are also on offer for up to four players.
WALL.E is one of the more complex kids titles we've played. There are numerous awkward jumps and plenty of enemies to take out with your blaster. Although you can use a precision aiming mode the game also makes use of a aim-lock on. On the Wii the controls seem ever so slightly more complicated, although the addition of basic Wii Remote gesture controls might be enough to make it the preferred version for kids. Various light-gun like sections are also best played on the Wii due to the pointer.
WALL.E is rated U like the movie. There's a fair amount of action in the game, with WALL.E and EVE shooting the enemy robots, but it's never anything that could be considered more than cartoon violence. WALL.E and EVE are both likable characters and should go down well with kids who have seen the movie and those who haven't. The game follows the basic story of the movie, although it's hardly an exact copy, with various sections expanded upon for gameplay purposes.
All versions of the game manage to bring the movie to life, but the next-gen versions are by far the most impressive. The Wii game is essentially the same, simply with a rougher appearance and a slower frame rate. Whether young children will care about the HD visuals seen on the 360 and PS3 is debatable. The crispness aside, all versions are pretty comparable. WALL.E and EVE are modelled well enough for kids to know who they're playing as, although we'd have liked a little more effort to have been put into certain levels, especially on 360 and PS3.
Anything for adults?
WALL.E isn't very challenging for adults and will likely prove to be quite tedious. Numerous sections require the same action to be repeated, which is ideal for young children but not great for experienced gamers. The various multiplayer modes support two-four players and provide a mild diversion from the main game.
WALL.E isn't a bad effort as far as movie licensed games for kids go, but it's not the ideal game for the younger audience. The controls can feel a little fiddly at times and the presentation isn't brilliant considering the incredible looking source material. Fans of this summer's movie will likely find a game they enjoy, but WALL.E is far from being an essential buy for kids.