A young boy called Conrad has been tricked by his neighbour,
Mr Quinn, into opening the Cat's big red box of Seussian magic
- allowing it to escape into the real world. The Cat must
help Conrad and his sister Sally, return the magic to the
box and retrieve all three pieces of the "Crab Lock"
in order to shut the box for good...
Cat in the Hat video
game is inspired by the film of the same name (which itself
was based on the Dr. Seuss book). First impressions are not
overly good. The graphics look a little dated - like something
you'd expect to see on the old Playstation. However,
once you start to get into the game, it soon becomes quite
around the levels, this 2D platform game sees you play as
the Cat. Along the way your friend the goldfish is on hand
to help you complete each level. Whenever you see a goldfish
bowl, run up to it and your fishy friend will give you a tip.
The banter between the Cat and goldfish is quite amusing to
begin with, but it's not long before you've heard just about
every insult going.
Mr Quinn around the Seussian land of weirdness soon becomes
a little repetitive. While the bonus levels add a little variety,
these are too few and too short.
offers nothing new, and is a little too easy. Most adults
will have finished this in a lazy afternoon, and I dare say
most young kids will be able to complete it over a weekend.
That said, this is supposed to be aimed at children and from
that point of view it works well. Nice and colourful, easy
to control, and not too difficult means that this should be
a hit with all those little ones who loved the movie. The
downside is that it feels like a run-of-the-mill platform
game with a The Cat in the Hat label slapped on it.
No real effort seems to have gone into creating a game that
feels like an extension of the movie. The Cat's voice isn't
even slightly like Mike Myers's in the movie.
inclusion of the movie trailer is a nice touch, but I suspect
that a lot of kids will watch that more than will play the
for the very young.
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