The Emperor's New Groove

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a game by Argonaut Games
Platforms: GameBoy Color, Playstation
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 7.9/10 - 14 votes
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The Emperor's New Groove
The Emperor's New Groove
The Emperor's New Groove

The Emperor's New Groove is one of the many video game adaptations of popular movies. Unlike most of them, this one feels like there was some heart put into it. Disney has a knack for interactive games to keep fans entertained. If you’re one of the millions of people that enjoyed Kuzco’s adventures in the movie, you’ll be happy with what you get here.


The game follows the same plot as its movie inspiration. However, a few things are tweaked to create a worthy video game equivalent. You’ll encounter fun characters sprinkled around such as Kronk, Yzma, Pacha and of course, the famed Kuzco. After transforming into a Llama, Kuzco finds himself engaged in a bizzare adventure that tests his resolve… as a Llama. To be fair, there are a few other animals, but we can’t deny his goofiness in these avatars. Cutscenes in the game are straight from the movie, giving players a chance to rest from the unrelenting action.


The Emperor's New Groove plays just like Spyro and Psychonauts. Those games pretty much encapsulate the level of platforming that you’ll encounter most of the time. Kuzco travels around in classic third-person gameplay while the camera hangs behind. He also sports a dash attack, jump and a few other ways to navigate through levels. Things don’t tend to get boring either. There are opportunities further into the game where you’ll get the chance to turn into a bird and experience some little side quests that break the mold.

These mini quests are a welcome break from the tense platforming levels you’ll be accustomed to. Here, you’ll get to engage in a classic escape from a hungry pack of hyenas, test your reactions through certain quick events, etc. These additions make the game more charming, leaving you with a sense of accomplishment by the end of particularly tough levels.

You’ll need to collect coins, explore levels for secrets and find special red items that allow Kuzco to open doors, gaining access to new areas. Boss fights and puzzles are also great in terms of variety and quality. You won’t find any of the encounters boring or tedious. Instead, everything feels intentionally placed and balanced. Although, the game tends to lean on the easier side.


Controls are intuitive and easy to get creative with. Jumping across platforms is straightforward and Kuzco’s character physics are conveniently natural. This lets players avoid the frustration of dealing with clunkiness during the experience.


The sound design on The Emperor's New Groove is a decent one to experience. Characters speak with awesome voice acting, funny writing and superb delivery. You’ll find yourself in numerous bouts of hearty laughter. The musical score is subdued but provides a great background while you’re busy thinking of what to do.


The Emperor's New Groove is a game that keeps players of all ages engaged in a fun experience. You won’t be thinking of much else all night long if you’re willing to finish it in one smooth time period.


  • Fun gameplay
  • Great story
  • Nice sound design


  • Short story

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System requirements:

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

System requirements:

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

Game Reviews

Disney's newest animated feature is coming to the PlayStation this November, courtesy of Sony. This 3D action adventure title looks and plays a lot like Spyro the Dragon (and that's an understatement), but it's got its own unique feel thanks to some very witty humor and a cool kickboxing fighting style. There's also a keen first-person shooting mode, where you can fire grape seeds at anything that annoys you.

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