E.T. The Extraterrestrial – GBA – Review

“E.T., pick flowers.”

Hold on a second, pick flowers? That’s
right, and that is our favorite alien botanist’s first assignment on Earth in
the Game Boy Advance release from NewKidCo and Fluid Studios. Featuring a
storyline roughly derived from the motion picture, E.T. The Extraterrestrial
features engaging graphics, a few challenging puzzles and screen shots from the
motion picture.

During the game, players will not only
get to control E.T., but Elliott as well. Throughout the 10 game levels, E.T.
will have to find and then build a transmitter to “phone home,” then outrace
federal officers in an effort to make it back to the forest and his ride home.

The control elements are kept rather
simple, with the D-pad controlling either E.T. or Elliott; the A button will
enable Elliott to throw baseballs or help E.T. go from his waddling walk to a
run; the B button allows E.T. to use his special powers; and the L and R buttons
will enable players to switch between characters when you have both Elliott and
E.T. to choose from in a level.

To follow the plot, E.T. collects
flowers in the first level, and there is a time limit. If you don’t do it
quickly enough, then it is captured and the game ends. But even if you do, don’t
count on getting safely back to the ship in time. After all, that would end the
game. No, in the second level our intrepid traveler is stranded and must work
its way out of the forest and find a place to hide. If you have seen the movie,
you can guess which direction to take. Thus begins the travels and travails of
E.T. and Elliott.

The sound elements are nice. E.T. will
thrum when taking a hit, and the effects are nicely rendered.

Graphically this game is well done.
The environments, per level, are not overly large, but are lush and colorful.
The animation is also very well done. The game tries to give a three-dimensional
feel, and uses the third-person perspective (from above) to realize it. There
are plenty of enemies spaced throughout the game, and though each seems to run
on a predetermined course, that doesn’t detract from the threat they pose.

E.T. The Extraterrestrial is a nice
little game that will appeal to fans of the movie, and those who want a
hand-held action/adventure game, which features cute lead characters.

This game is rated for Everyone.

Gameplay: 7.5

The mapboards per level are not overly
big and are built more on a maze level that anything else – but that is rather
typical for the platform and style of game.

Graphics: 8
The environments are nicely rendered and
the animations are quite solid.

Sound: 7.5

The music is delivered in a manner
consistent with this platform, and the sound effects are nicely rendered.

Difficulty: 7.5

There are three difficulty levels, and
the control elements are kept somewhat simple, enabling almost anyone the
opportunity to compete.

Concept: 7
The action is somewhat typical for the
style of game, but the plot does a nice job of running in concert with the

Multiplayer: N/A

Overall: 7.8
This is a delightful little game with
solid graphical elements and difficulty levels that will challenge most players.
This is an enjoyable program. E.T. will surely delight fans of the film while
catering to action/adventure players.