Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo
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|Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo|
North American cover art for the Xbox
|Release date(s)||EU October 3, 2003 (PS2, Xbox & GC)
NA October 21, 2003 (PS2)
NA October 21, 2003 (Xbox & GC)
EU October 3, 2003 (PC)
|Distribution||CD-ROM, DVD, GameCube disc|
Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo is the first video game featuring Aardman Animations' popular characters Wallace & Gromit. The game was developed by Frontier Developments for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube and Microsoft Windows. The game also features the voice of Wallace, Peter Sallis.
The story sees the duo take on Feathers McGraw, the penguin villain from The Wrong Trousers, once more. Feathers has escaped from the penguin enclosure at West Wallaby Zoo, and taken over the entire zoo, kidnapping young animals and forcing their parents to work for him, helping him towards his ultimate goal - turning the zoo into a diamond mine.
Wallace and Gromit, meanwhile, have adopted one of the zoo's baby polar bears, named Archie. As they go to visit the zoo to celebrate his birthday, they find the zoo closed. A quick spot of inventing back at the house, and they prepare to embark on their latest adventure. Hiding inside a giant wooden penguin, a parody of the famous Trojan horse, they infiltrate the zoo, and set about rescuing the animals and undoing Feathers' work.
As Wallace and Gromit delve deeper into the zoo they discover ancient temple exhibits (complete with booby traps), drills, lava, loads of machinery, and even snow slides as they travel about the six levels; in each they must save three baby animals: elephants in the Jungle Exhibit, beavers in the mines, gorillas in the subterranean facility, pandas in the warehouse, polar bears in the Polar Exhibit, and zebras in the factories.
As Gromit, the player must use Wallace's bizarre inventions - including the Porridge Gun, Turnip Launcher, Springy Boots, and Melt-o-matic - to battle Feathers McGraw's robotic minions and rescue the baby animals in typical platform game style. The game was praised by reviewers for keeping "the flavour of the original claymation".
Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo received mixed reviews from critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the GameCube version 70.62% and 66/100, the PlayStation 2 version 69.34% and 67/100 and the Xbox version 67.55% and 63/100.
- "Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo (GameCube)". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
- "Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo for GameCube Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
- "Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo (PlayStation 2)". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
- "Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo for PlayStation 2 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
- "Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo (Xbox)". GameRankings. Retrieved 2013-02-07.
- "Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo for Xbox Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-02-07.