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Mania Grade: C-

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  • Platform: PlayStation 2
  • ESRB: Everyone
  • Genre: Action
  • Save: Yes
  • Developer: High Voltage
  • Publisher: Disney Interactive
  • Suggested Retail: $39.99
  • Graphics: D
  • Sound: D
  • Gameplay: C+
  • Replay: D
  • Fun Factor: C
  • Reviewer's Wild Card: C
  • Overall: C-


The little monster comes home

By James Stevenson     June 30, 2002

© 2002 Sony

I've seen LILO & STITCH. In fact, I loved the movie. Stitch is one of the coolest Disney characters to come along in quite some time, and even though the rest of the movie is very good too, he just stands out. A creature bent on destruction - doesn't that just sound like a videogame in the making? With the help of Sony Computer Entertainment, it is. While it doesn't claim the same excellence as the movie, it's a far cry from some of the previous terrible Disney games.

STITCH EXPERIMENT 626 takes place before the beginning of the movie. The mad scientist has begun to test the abilities of his genetic experiment by collecting DNA from different locations. About this far into the product description, you hear a giant groan from everyone in earshot: great, another collector-mania platformer. But this game takes a slightly different route. Instead of the exploration and collecting that is commonplace in these games, you get Stitch's blasters to destroy everything in his path. You still have to collect DNA, as having prerequisite amounts allows you to advance, but most of that is in plain sight on the paths and isn't that hard to get to.

It's this primary change that actually makes the game possible to play. Eventually the game does begin to get tedious, though. Blasting crates, a few unintelligent enemies, and performing some jumping/climbing routines typical of the platform genre soon begin to get repetitive since there are no massive levels to explore. Most of them are fairly straightforward. This game is about the destruction that Stitch embodies. The maniacal laughing and destruction was funny in the movie, but it didn't take too long for Stitch to become good, and it wasn't like this was the ONLY feature of the movie. In the game, it is.

Admittedly though, the game is quite a bit more fun and much more bearable than the two MONSTERS, INC. games released by Sony. But even then, there is one thing that drives progression in the game: video clips.

Tons of clips from some of the movie's best moments are included in the game. But you'll have to work for them. Film reels are fairly well hidden in the levels, and you'll have to collect them to spend on clips from the movie. Most of them don't last that long, but it's cool to see the movie. Even if it is, in a way, a cheap ploy to get you to keep playing.

The graphics are decidedly mediocre. It looks better than a PlayStation One game, but not by much. Nothing looks nearly as high-res as it could and it seems like it's a job half done.

The sound is the same deal. Nothing really memorable music-wise, and irritatingly enough, the music cuts out while voice clips are playing. Even those clips are a select few. You do occasionally get to hear Stitch's maniacal laugh, but that's about the best of it.

STITCH EXPERIMENT 626 is definitely a decent title, but it's nothing to get excited about. Hardcore fans of the movie may want to check it out, but the rest of you would do best to spend your money on actually seeing the movie.


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