Yes, if you were a Nintendo fan back in 2002, then the unthinkable happened. Rare, who'd been pretty much the jewel in the Nintendo 64's crown against fierce competition and worldwide dominance by Sony's Playstation were suddenly completely acquired by Microsoft, with their last game on a Nintendo home console being Star Fox Adventures for the Gamecube. After the initial shock and horror, and being a long time Rare fan myself since their early days as Ultimate: Play The Game, I bit the bullet...bought an Xbox...and was eager to see what they'd put out for the Xbox first. Would it be the highly anticipated Perfect Dark Zero? Would it be one of their other announced games like Kameo: Elements Of Power? No...both of those later became Xbox 360 launch titles. What actually came out was Grabbed By The Ghoulies (awesome title by the way), a game which I'd never even heard of before, let alone was looking forward to. But I decided to keep the faith and picked it up. It's quite a bit different to what I was expecting, but not in an entirely bad way.
|These kids never seem to learn, do they?|
|Cooper smiting poor defenceless imps. With a chair.|
|QTEs keep you on your toes...quick, press those buttons!|
|Dude, pull my finger! Go on, pull it!|
|Let's head over to the Atic...|
For what it is, Grabbed By The Ghoulies is an extremely entertaining game that'll keep you interested for a while. It's fun, very playable and packs a decent challenge. Unfortunately, outside of it's difficulty on later stages, it is a fairly short game and can be beaten in less than 10 hours, and because it follows a strictly linear format (complete the challenge in a room, find the door that opens, go onto the next room, rinse repeat), there really isn't much scope for replay value either, unless you're the kind of person who really must find all the hidden Rare books and unlock and complete all the Bonus Challenges. But ultimately it's a game that'll leave you with a smile on your face and is well worth the experience. If you're looking for something a little different from Rare than their usual 3D platformers but also something that has their distinct mark all over it, then you could do a lot worse than to check it out.
TromaDogg's Final Verdict: 8/10