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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
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PAL region PC cover art
Basic Information
Type(s)
Video Game
High Voltage Software, Digital Eclipse
Global Star Software, 2K Games
Action, Adventure
CD-ROM
PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Advance and GameCube
Retail Features
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Ratings
This title has been rated 3+ by PEGI
Main Credits
Winifred Phillips and music produced by Winnie Waldron
European Union European Release Date(s)
Microsoft Windows, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance and Xbox
July 222005[1]
CanadaUnited StatesMexico North American Release Date(s)
Microsoft Windows
July 112005[1]
GameCube, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2 and Xbox
July 122005
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 video game which was released on the Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, and Windows platforms. It is based on the film of the same name by Tim Burton. The game was released in the middle of the year to coincide with the release of the film in theatres.

Most of the main cast from the film provided their voices for the game except for Johnny Depp, and James Arnold Taylor was used in his place as the voice of Willy Wonka.

Original Music for the video game was created by Winifred Phillips and produced by Winnie Waldron.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The first objective of the game is to help Charlie find money to buy a Wonka Bar to win a Golden Ticket. This is done at the beginning of the game while giving a tutorial of what controls will be needed during future stages.

The main part of the game takes place in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory where the Oompa Loompas help the player through each level. By giving them commands Charlie finishes each challenge and progresses through the game. Each Oompa Loompa specializes in different tasks, such as electrical work, harvesting and welding. Candy is scattered throughout the levels and when collected it boosts Charlie's energy.

Each level is very similar to the plot in the 2005 movie. For example, Charlie must help Willy Wonka remove the gluttonus Augustus Gloop from the pipe above the chocolate river. He must roll the blueberry Violet Beauregarde to the Juicing Room and juice her. When Veruca Salt is thrown down the garbage chute, the player's objective is to follow her down the chute and save her from the incinerator. The last objective of the game is after Mike Teavee shrinks himself the player needs to fix the television-chocolate machine. Throughout the game the Oompa Loompas must help Charlie return the chocolate factory back to normal by fixing the mistakes that the self-indulgent children made.

Reception[edit | edit source]

 Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GBA GC PC PS2 Xbox
GameSpot 4.0 out of 10[2] 2.5 out of 10[3] 4.0 out of 10[4] 4.0 out of 10[5]
IGN 4.5 out of 10[6] 4.5 out of 10[7] 4.5 out of 10[8]
X-Play 2/5 stars[9] 1/5 stars[10]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 51.63% (8 reviews)[11] 45.16% (19 reviews)[12] 39.56% (9 reviews)[13] 40.7% (27 reviews)[14] 45.27% (26 reviews)[15]
Metacritic 36% (5 reviews)[16] 39% (16 reviews)[17] 26% (8 reviews)[18] 35% (21 reviews)[19] 39% (20 reviews)[20]

Although reviewers praised the game's enjoyable storyline, music and presentation, most felt that the control of the characters on screen was awkward at best and the game was too short. The video game site IGN gave the game an overall rating of 4.5 out of 10[8] and GameSpot gave it the "poor" rating of 4.0 out of 10.[5] PC Gamer rated the game a 22%. G4's X-Play gave it a 1 out of 5. Nintendo Power also gave the console version a 2 out of 10 because of clunky camera control and the reversal of roles. It is argued that the places were supposed to be enjoyable and Willy Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas mysterious in compliance with the book and movies, while in the game the places were creepy and Willy Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas annoyingly gleeful. This game was also one of the worst GameCube games.