Lilo & Stitch

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a game by Digital Eclipse Software
Genre: Action
Platform: GBA
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 3 votes
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See also: Disney Games, Games for Kids
Lilo & Stitch
Lilo & Stitch
Lilo & Stitch
Lilo & Stitch

Before the release of Disney’s Lilo & Stitch within theatres worldwide in 2002, developer Digital Eclipse was given the opportunity to create a game based of the new IP. It would be developed for the then recently released Game Boy Advance (GBA). Usually when thinking of an animated movie turned video game, the mind wanders to a simple platforming experience with bits and pieces of the movie added into the game. If Lilo & Stitch for the GBA is to be considered great game, it should provide us an experience we didn’t expect. Let’s take a look to see if that’s the case here.

Metal Stitch

The game first starts you playing as the genetically engineered extraterrestrial Stitch as he sets out to save his kidnapped six-year-old friend Lilo. At the root of this kidnapping is Dr. Pestus – an evil robotic Mosquito who has intentions to create a genetically-modified mechanized mosquito army.

Stitch’s levels are where most of the game’s action will take place. At his disposal is an arsenal of twin guns, super strength, and pineapple grenades. That’s right! Sweet, sweet pineapple grenades. You’ll take this arsenal through each stage while Dr. Pestus’ army attempts to thwart your progress. The goal is to survive by shooting enemies, moving right on the screen, and reaching the boss at the very end of the level. You even have the opportunity to hop into a few vehicles in a few stages that provide extra firepower.

If you’ve ever played a Metal Slug game, then there’s a strong chance you’ll enjoy these levels. The action is constant, and it requires you to be quick to react. It’s actually quite difficult during some parts. That’s partially because of good game design, but also because certain mechanics keep you from really flying through Stitch’s levels. For one, you won’t be able to shoot while crouching or crawling, so you’re stuck there until you’re able to pop up safely. Secondly, the enemies can clip through one another, as well as you. This led to more than one instance where I wasn’t able to shoot the enemy since they were right over me.

Hide n’ Sneak

After playing as Stitch, you then gain control of Lilo. During these levels, you’ll doing your best impression of Snake from Metal Gear. Armed with just a few leaves to hide under, her light feet, and her doll; she ventures forward to try and escape the areas she’s in. These are basically sneaking missions with puzzles scattered throughout.

The puzzles are actually quite fun and definitely provide a sense of accomplishment, even at an older age. Although some may find these difficult since there is no checkpoints system. That means if you fail, you’ll have to start the entire level over again. That’s one way to teach someone a lesson, that’s for sure.

I found the sneaking to be relatively easy, although a bit ridiculous. The fact that you can use two plant leaves to hide from aliens on a spaceship is a bit far-fetched, but we are talking about a Disney game. The sneaking slowly works well when trying to get past an unaware or sleeping enemy, but be prepared to bust out your not-so-trusty doll if the enemy becomes aware of you. The doll is very weak as it’s considered a last resort, so make sure you take your time sneaking around.

Lilo & Stitch Done Justice

It’s hard to say anything bad about the graphics in Lilo & Stitch. As a title that launched on the GBA shortly after it’s release, it truly showed the power of the handheld console compared to its predecessor – The Game Boy Color. The stages are bright and colorful, bringing each environment to life as you walk through them. Even the sprites are very detailed, making both Lilo and Stich look just as they do in the movies. Cutscenes are usually well-drawn images with text that provide a bit of context between stages.

The only true mark against the graphical quality were the scenes from the movies they tried to add into the game. While this is an impressive feat, it looks very pixelated. Not only that, but the sound is also muffled and sounds far different than the scenes did in the movie. It’s safe to say they could have left this feature out.

Audio within the game checks all the boxes. Catchy tunes and cartoonish sounds are what you’ll be hearing for most of the game. No sound effect became to repetitive, but the music may for some – especially for those who are losing all of their lives and having to restart levels constantly.

8

I had expected Disney’s Lilo & Stitch to be a cut and dry platformer with little challenge. What I ended up experiencing was a great mix of both action and stealth. Digital Eclipse did a wonderful job bringing these memorable characters to life, even before the movie had graced the screens of viewers worldwide. Fans of both Disney and video games should enjoy this one!

Pros

  • Nice mix of action, stealth, and platforming
  • Colorful graphics with detailed sprites
  • Challenging for a Disney platformer on a handheld console

Cons

  • Stitch’s shooting mechanics can be frustrating
  • Checkpoint system is brutal
  • Clips from the movie are very low-grade

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System requirements:

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

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