|System: PSP, DS, Wii, PS3, X360||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Heavy Iron Studio||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: THQ||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: June 24, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Pete Richards
As Im sure youre already aware, WALL-E is the cute little android star of the new Disney/Pixar film of the same name. While the film may be best suited for children or guys looking for a good flick to take a date to, WALL-E actually translates extremely well into a video game. With plotlines and environments based on the film, WALL-E combines various gaming elements that will satisfy not only fans of the movie, but anyone who enjoys the odd lighthearted action title.
WALL-E is actually a very cool robot to control. The little guy functions by maneuvering on two rotating treads to travel over any terrain and he rotates on a pivot to make sharp turns. He can shrink into a box form no bigger than a toaster to fit under small spaces, comes equipped with a laser blaster to destroy and cut through objects, and has high-powered goggles to zoom in on objects and scan areas for a first-person view. He can jump by tapping X and build up speed by moving down ramps then fly off different jumps and Tony Hawk-style half-pipes. WALL-E is extremely fun to operate, and while the droid is definitely cute enough for children to fall in love with, he packs enough punch for gamers to enjoy bringing him through the games multi-leveled environments.
The story takes place years into the future when Earth has become a desolate wasteland filled with trash. WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) robots were built to clean up the mess left over from the Buy n Large Corporation, while humans wait on luxury spacecrafts. The process was only supposed to take a few years, but hundreds of years have passed with little improvement, and the only living things left on Earth now are one single WALL-E unit and his cockroach friend. Programmed to compact trash into small cubes, WALL-E continues to go about his daily tasks until one day a sleek and futuristic EVE (Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator) probe is sent to earth to determine if the planet is still capable of supporting life. As far as robots go, EVE is quite the looker and WALL-E becomes love-struck, determined to show her that even though hes an expired and rustic model, he can still keep up with the best of em. When EVE finds the vegetation she was intended for, she is quickly taken back up to space, and WALL-E makes the decision to follow his mechanical heart and leave all he knows behind.
How could you not love this little fella? Even though he is programmed to work, he still knows how to have a good time and is not short of emotion. The game combines elements of problem solving, traveling through obstacle-filled mazes, racing, shooting, and lots of object smashing. You will have to bust open large BnL crates scattered all over each stage to get the health, laser, and energy charges within. Collecting all energy charges will be mandatory in some levels, since they are needed to open various doors. So, there are some tasks that will have you searching for all the required vials. There are lots of different crates and some of them break apart in different ways, either with WALL-Es laser, by shrinking into box form and running into them, or by hurling junk cubes at them. WALL-E creates junk cubes by compacting scraps from junk piles, and you will need to chuck them at various objects to create pathways and knock over levers to get you where you need to go. There are explosive cubes as well, which you will need to bust open doors at some points in the game though you will have to stand far back from them, as they can cause damage to WALL-E.