Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (video game)

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Jimmy Neutron : Boy Genius
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North American cover art for PS2
Developer(s) AWE Games (PC), BigSky Interactive (PS2, NGC), Humansoft (GBA)
Publisher(s) THQ
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, Nintendo Gamecube
Release date(s) Windows
  • NA November 7, 2001
  • PAL March 15, 2002
Game Boy Advance
  • NA November 9, 2001
  • PAL March 15, 2002
PlayStation 2
  • NA September 25, 2002
  • PAL March 7, 2003
GameCube
  • NA September 25, 2002
  • PAL March 7, 2003
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius is a video game based on the Nickelodeon film of the same name for the Nintendo GameCube, PC, PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance . It is based on the 2001 computer animated film of the same name.

It was featured in a two-pack with Rocket Power: Extreme Arcade Games.

Gameplay[edit]

The game is a 3D adventure starring Jimmy Neutron and his robotic canine Goddard. In the game, the evil King Goobot has abducted some of Jimmy's friends, so Jimmy must begin an intergalactic quest to save them. While progressing through various locales inspired by the movie, players need to solve puzzles using an assortment of gadgets. Also included are various mini-games to play within an amusement park, as well as hidden movie clips, character bios, and movie trailers to be unlocked.

Played from a traditional third-person perspective, the game consists of five distinct regions linked together by a main hub. Once players decide on a region, they can enter a portal and then be whisked away to a 3D world. Among the environments players explore are Jimmy's House, an Asteroid Surface, an Asteroid Interior, Yolkus Prime, and Retroland Amusement Park. Each region spans multiple levels, with the goal in each being to find a number of key items and special prizes and a shrunken head. A secondary goal in some levels is to locate friends Carl Wheezer, Cindy Vortex, Rose, Nissa, and Zachary.

Enemies trying to prevent Jimmy from succeeding include giant ants and the blob-like Yokians, with villains Ooblar, Poultra, and King Goobot forming the boss encounters. Players can run, jump, kick, and use an assortment of inventions. Health can be replenished by finding slices of blueberry pie, extra lives are awarded for every ten neutrons found, and weapons include the Shrink Ray, Inflato Ray, and the Jimmy Bat. Three types of vehicles can also be used to traverse the levels, the Goddard Pogo, the Goddard Sled, and the Goddard Scooter.

The game disk includes a behind the scenes feature hosted by Nick Cannon, as well as footage from the movie, shorts, and trailers can be unlocked.

Critical reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GBA GC PC PS2
Allgame 3/5 stars[2] 1.5/5 stars[4] 2/5 stars[1] 2/5 stars[3]
Computer and Video Games 7/10[5]
GameZone 8/10[6]
NGC Magazine 18%[7]
Nintendo Power 3.5/5 stars[8]
X-Play 2/5 stars[9]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 81.67%[10] 40.57%[12] 69%[11]
Metacritic 42/100[14] 40/100[13]

Metacritic gave the GameCube version of the game a score of 42 out of 100 based on four "Generally unfavorable reviews".[14] Elsewhere, GameRankings gave it a score of 81.67% for the Game Boy Advance version,[10] 69% for the PlayStation 2 version,[11] and 40.57% for the GameCube version.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Eden. "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (PC) - Review". Allgame. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  2. ^ House, Michael L. "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (GBA) - Overview". Allgame. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  3. ^ Weiss, Brett Alan. "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (PS2) - Review". Allgame. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  4. ^ Marriott, Scott Alan. "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (GC) - Overview". Allgame. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  5. ^ CVG Staff (2002-04-01). "GBA Review: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius". Computer and Video Games. Archived from the original on 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  6. ^ Wiley, Patricia (2001-12-05). "Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius - GBA - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2009-01-19. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  7. ^ "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius". NGC Magazine. May 11, 2003. 
  8. ^ "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (GBA)". Nintendo Power 149. October 2001. 
  9. ^ Kane, Brad (2003-02-24). "'Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius' (GCN) Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on 2003-02-22. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  10. ^ a b "Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  11. ^ a b "Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  12. ^ a b "Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius for GameCube". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  13. ^ "Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-12-22. 
  14. ^ a b "Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic.