A kid's game that hasn't just been aimed at kids.
While most games inspired by a family film are about as mature as the frontrow of a McFly concert, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory is a bold attempt to hook older players charmed by Tim Burtons psychedelic trip. But it still feels like a Mario game without a soul.
In terms of presentation the game is flawless, with candy-coloured worlds and plenty of puzzles requiring players to bully Oompa-Loompas and use Willy Wonkas sweets as tools to progress through the levels. Sadly, the novelty soon wears thin; youre constantly pushed down a narrow path allowing for little of the exploration that makes Mario games so thrilling and while ordering Wonkas helpers to do your dirty work is fun for a while, the routine soon becomes crushingly dull.