Reviews: The Curse Of The Were Rabbit

It's far from perfect, but this is an interesting and atmospheric game

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit was a great movie, but what is the game like? Well, firstly, it's not a game I'd recommend to most people. But this is one of the most interesting games I've ever played. Like the Pixar film Ratatouille, this game is notable for its beautifully realistic atmosphere, and that is a great strength which really makes it worth playing for specific gamers.

The gameplay is simple, somewhat fun, and laid-back. You play as both Wallace and Gromit, switching between them when necessary. Using a decent range of interesting little gadgets, you're tasked with exploring various areas and catching the cute, vegetable-destroying pests that infest them, as well as completing numerous other tasks along the way. Your rewards are trading cards (which cannot actually be traded). At night time, you wander the dark streets and fight random were-creatures. It sounds boring and simplistic, and it sometimes is, but the gameplay is actually rather enjoyable in short bursts.

However, as I previously stated, the game's atmosphere is what makes it special. Just the feeling of wandering aimlessly through the game's locations and listening to the music can be really addictive. This is because the game does a great job of transporting the player back in time to Wallace and Gromit's quirky world. The art direction is divine. Everything in the game looks beautifully old-fashioned and British, and it's really charming. The game's music is also wonderfully atmospheric and appropriately old-fashioned-sounding. The night-time version of the game is pretty creepy as well, with unsettling music that builds great tension. So whether you're off to catch some rabbits or on the hunt for zombie-like animals, the game is a near-perfect simulation of the movie.

Another nice touch is the ability to talk to everyone you meet, and for the most part, the townsfolk actually have interesting and wise things to say (unlike the dumb townsfolk of Sonic 2006) and it's also fun to attack them for no reason with the Bun-Gun. You can also help Gromit grow his marrow by buying various items, which is a pretty satisfying experience. This is a pretty good game, and while it's never especially exciting, its personality always brings a smile to my face. This is the definitive Wallace and Gromit video game experience.