Finding Nemo - GBA

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Viewed: 2D Side-on, Scrolling Genre:
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Vicarious Visions Soft. Co.: Disney Interactive
Publishers: THQ (US/GB)
Released: 26 Sept 2003 (GB)
May 2003 (US)
Ratings: PEGI 3+
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A Disney version of Sharky and George some might say, the company’s latest big screen venture follows the aquatic journey of Marlin and Dory in a typical comedic adventure. But no Disney film would be complete without a video game spin-off and for the handheld version, Vicarious Visions has been called in to do the job.

When clownfish Nemo is captured by a diver on his first day at school, you find yourself assuming the role of his father, Marlin, in an attempt to, well, find Nemo. But no Disney character goes it alone, and so pesky sidekick Dory joins his side for the ride.

Swimming though Finding Nemo’s many levels, you’ll become familiar with some classic elements of platform gaming. Item collecting is a common element in 2D platform games, and is heavily featured for the GBA version of Finding Nemo. There are also numerous other obstacles to avoid as you progress too, and the underwater locales are surprisingly varied considering the aquatic theme of the game.

Considering Game Boy Advance is primarily a 2D handheld, you would expect that Finding Nemo GBA would have distinctly different 2-dimensional gameplay compared with the 3D console versions, but this is not the case. Vicarious Visions has solid reputation for creating stunning GBA games and Finding Nemo is another corker. Though not a true 3D game, there are some great looking 3D sections that involve Marlin swimming 'into' the screen, a la Crash Bandicoot. The rest of the game is a side-on scrolling affair, but looks great nonetheless.

Finding Nemo is another great handheld title that reinforces Vicarious Visions’ reputation as a fine developer for GBA.


Finding Nemo - GBA Artwork

Finding Nemo - GBA Artwork

Finding Nemo - GBA Artwork