reviews\ Dec 11, 2001 at 7:00 pm

Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius - PC - Review

Have a blast exploring Retroville and helping Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius rescue his friend Carl from aliens.

In this 3-D action/adventure players accompany Jimmy Neutron and his mechanical dog, Goddard, as they explore Retroville and other locations to find items that Jimmy needs to complete his inventions.  The player is given clear and easy objectives to complete and can maneuver Jimmy and Goddard through the game by using either the mouse or keyboard.  Once an invention is complete or a special item found, such as a scooter, or shrink ray, the player is given an opportunity to practice using it.   The player may also explore areas to pick up other items as well, such as candy, flowers, or food for Goddard, but this really serves no purpose other than to give players a higher score at the end of the game.  The background music is simple and the 3-D graphics lack detail and refinement, however, they are colorful and well suited to this type of game.

This is a simple, fun and enjoyable adventure over all, and seems to be best suited for players ages 6 – 10.   

Reviewer's Scoring Details

Install: Easy
Installation is quick and easy.

Gameplay: 7.0
Clear objectives are given to player and periodically appear on the screen until completed.  Exploring is encouraged and is one of more fun aspects of the game.  The player can practice using the various items any time after they are found, and the game controls and inventory items are easy to use and access.  The downside is that the game lacks replay ability and there doesn’t seem to be any benefit or purpose in trying to obtain a high score.  

Graphics: 6.5
Although this isn’t a visual masterpiece, the 3-D graphics are colorful and seem to be adequate for this type of game.

Sound: 6.5
The character voices are clear, but the music is simple and repetitive.

Difficulty: 7.0
The game objectives are rather easy with the exception of the final objective, which seems to be far more challenging than the rest.  The player is given a tutorial and opportunities to practice using the different items that are found within the game.  The overall level of difficulty seems appropriate for the age range that it is intended for.   

Concept: 7.0 
The idea of being given objectives and the variety items that can be used to complete them, help set this game apart from other 3-D adventure games.

Multiplayer: N/A  

Overall: 7.0
Even though it’s rather simple and easy, Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius is good, plain fun.


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