Around The World In 80 Days

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a game by Hip Games, and Mzonestudio
Genre: Action
Platforms: PC, GBA
Editor Rating: 5/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 4 votes
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Around The World In 80 Days
Around The World In 80 Days
Around The World In 80 Days
Around The World In 80 Days

What's worse than a video game based on a movie? A game that's based on a bad film, of course. Around the World in 80 Days didn't exactly impress critics as a movie-based offering, so we're not really expecting a whole lot from the video game. We're not even sure how the story would translate into palatable gameplay.

It turns out that Around the World in 80 Days is an action-adventure platformer that still raises more questions than it answers. However, considering Jackie Chan was in the film, you start to idealize how this will pan out. You'll probably just be fighting endless hordes of enemies until the game just abruptly ends. I don't think anyone will be looking forward to playing this game.

Worldwide Slugging

Let's begin highlighting the positives of what you could already tell will be a questionable experience. The narrative, locations, and visuals are pretty faithful to the original movie. That's good, I guess. But if there wasn't much engagement from the film, will the Around the World in 80 Days game work?

Well, it doesn't. Around the World in 80 Days is a bland fighting game that offers the bare minimum in side-scrolling-action-adventure games. And when we say the absolute least, we mean it - the game just about scratches the surface of marketability. You'll play Jackie Chan's film persona of Passepartout, omitting pretty much all the traits that make him look cool.

Where you'd expect some fighting mechanics that encourage kung-fu mastery - what you get is a punch, run, jump and kick control schematic. That's pretty much it. Players will rinse and repeat actions against their foes, struggle to overcome challenges because of the limited mechanics, and fall asleep to the uninspired narrative cards.

We honestly can't be surprised here - we pretty much knew from the get-go that Around the World in 80 Days was not going to be a good game. It does highlight the idea that it's rare where movie games will be decent. Unfortunately, the brand power behind them is stronger than the desire to deliver some immersive gameplay.

Finished the Game in 80 Seconds

Let's go ahead and say that Around the World in 80 Days is accessible enough that it could be a good game for little kids to fool around with. Or at least be given a crash course in side-scrolling action-adventure games! It's nowhere near as bad as movie-game counterpart E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial - mainly because it's actually functional.

5

Around the World in 80 Days is just really bland - not broken. There are not many moments where you feel excited - it's going through the motions until the game ends. You could compare the task to painting a square room entirely white and then watching the first coat dry. So no, you probably won't enjoy this game.

Pros:

  • Accessible to children
  • Faithful to the films locations, plot, and narrative

Cons:

  • Basic fighting mechanics that make gameplay mundane
  • The controls make some of the more prominent challenges difficult
  • Does nothing to enhance the already poor film

Download Around The World In 80 Days

PC

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

GBA

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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