The Grinch (video game)

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The Grinch
Grinch video game cover.jpg
Developer(s) Artificial Mind & Movement (DC & PS)
Konami Computer Entertainment Nagoya (GBC)
Konami (PC)
Publisher(s) Konami
Distributor(s) Universal Interactive Studios
Platform(s) Dreamcast, Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation
Release date(s) Dreamcast
  • NA October 31, 2000
  • EU December 15, 2000
Game Boy Color
JP 20001122November 22, 2000

EU 20001124November 24, 2000

NA 200011November 2000
Microsoft Windows
  • NA December 4, 2000
  • EU December 15, 2000
PlayStation
EU 20001208December 8, 2000

NA 2000

Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution GD-ROM, cartridge, CD-ROM

The Grinch is a video game based on the film of the same name. The game was released shortly after the film hit theaters.

Overall story[edit]

On the top of Mt. Crumpit, his eye pressed to the telescope, the Grinch observes Whoville. He mumbles something that his dog Max hardly perceives: "I've got it! I have a great idea! This year, the Whos will pay!" The Grinch just despises Christmas and this year, he wants it to end. "That, in fact, is the misanthrope scheme. Build gadgets from blueprints. Halt the holiday theme". He enters into his spacious cave to decide which of his gadgets he should build first. The Grinch the blueprints include such inventions as the Rotten Egg Launcher, Slime Shooter, Binoculars, Octopus Climbing Device, Rocket Spring, Grinch Copter, and Marine Mobile. He then makes a decision, but before he can get to his gadget, he slips on one of his boxes, resulting in his blueprints getting blown out of his cave. But the Grinch doesn't let this debacle stop him. He takes out his notebook and makes a few schemes that's sure to ruin the fun for everyone.

Or so he thinks.

Areas[edit]

Mount Crumpit

Mount Crumpit stands in the middle of Who land; this is where the Mean One lives! This is also the location of his prized Grinch Computer, vacuum tubes, Grinch Rocket Sled, and the mini-games.

Downtown Whoville

This is where most of the Whos live. There, the Grinch must be careful not to arouse their attentions. He must be quick to dodge the Whos' hugs and attacks. While there, he must collect all possible blueprints, and return later to gain further access to certain areas.

Tasks: Shuffling the Mail (5), Smashing Snowmen (10), Painting the Mayor's Posters (10), Launching Eggs Into Houses (10), Modifying the Mayor's Statue, Advancing the Countdown to X-Mas Clock, Squashing All Gifts (500).

Who Forest

An enchanted place filled with little houses, beautiful trees, a magnificent ski station with an old-fashioned style chalet and all those happy Whos practicing their skiing skills. The main focus aside from two other missions is slime the Mayor's skis. To do this, he'll have to visit cabin number 2 and squash the bees guarding a security card.

Tasks: Making Christmas Trees Droop (10), Sabotaging Snow Cannon With Glue, Putting Beehives in Cabins (10), Sliming the Mayor's Skiis, Replacing the Candles on the Cake With Fireworks (10), Squashing All Gifts (750).

Who Dump

For the Grinch, Who Dump is a real paradise. He enjoys its smelly aromas and he finds lots of food, pieces of equipment for his gadgets, and above all, there are almost no Whos. In the tranquility of Who Dump, in the garbage and the scrap pieces, he can plan tricks to play on the Whos. The biggest task he can do here is to shut down all power so that many paths are permanently unblocked. To make that happen he'll need the Octopus Climbing Device and also the Slime Shooter.

Tasks: Stealing Food From Birds(10), Feeding the Computer With Robot Parts(10), Infesting the Mayor's House With Rats(10), Shaving the Dump Guardian, Conducting the Stinky Gas to Who-Bris's Shack(10), Short Circuiting the Power Plant, Squashing All Gifts(750)

Who Lake

It's the annual Jamb-Who-Ree on Who Lake! Of course, the Scoutmaster of the event is none other than Mayor May Who, assisted by Who-Bris. There certainly are a couple of pranks to be played on May-Who, Who-Bris, and those little scouts. In fact, Who lake inspires more missions to the Grinch. For in this area, the Marine Mobile can help in finding the last of the blueprints and complete a great deal of missions.

Tasks: Smashing Tents(10), Putting Thistles in Shorts(10), Drilling Holes In Canoes (10), Hooking the Mayor's Bed to the Motorboat, Modifying the Marine Mobile, Squashing All Gifts (1000)

To progress from one area to the next, players must complete three missions in all (excluding the Squash all Gifts Missions). Below are a few secrets to the game.

Blueprints Whoville: Rotten Egg Launcher(4) Binoculars (4) Whoforest: Rocket Spring(9) Slime Shooter (9) The Dump: Octopus Climbing (9) Wholake: Marine Mobile (16) The Grinch Copter's pieces are found on every level, four pieces on each one (16 total).

Mini-games When the Grinch destroys gifts, he unlocks mini-games. To unlock the last one, players will have to get 100% completion in the game.

Re-release[edit]

The game was revamped in 2007 with the all new Dr. Seuss: How The Grinch Stole Christmas! video game for Nintendo DS.

Nintendo 64 version[edit]

A Nintendo 64 version of the game was in development but was cancelled for unknown reasons.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (GBC) 67.00%[1]
(PS) 56.06%[2]
(PC) 50.00%[3]
(DC) 49.67%[4]
Metacritic (PS) 55/100[5]
(PC) 55/100[6]
(DC) 51/100[7]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame (PC) 3.5/5 stars[8]
2.5/5 stars[9]
(DC) 2/5 stars[10]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 2.67/10[11]
GameFan 69/100[12]
Game Informer 5/10[13]
GamePro 2.5/5 stars[14]
GameSpot (DC) 6.3/10[15]
(PS) 4.8/10[16]
GameSpy 4/10[17]
GameZone 8/10[18]
IGN (GBC) 9/10[19]
(PC) 5.5/10[20]
(PS) 5/10[21]
Nintendo Power 6.7/10[22]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 1.5/5 stars[23]
PC Zone 6.5/10[24]

The Grinch received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Game Boy Color version 67.00%,[1] the PlayStation version 56.06% and 55/100,[2][5] the PC version 50.00% and 55/100,[3][6] and the Dreamcast version 49.67% and 51/100.[4][7]

References[edit]

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  24. ^ Pratchett, Rhianna (2001-08-13). "PC Review: The Grinch". PC Zone. Archived from the original on 2007-09-15. Retrieved 2013-11-10.