The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King
|Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King|
|Series||The Nightmare Before Christmas|
|Platform(s)||Game Boy Advance|
|Genre(s)||2D Platformer, Metroidvania|
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King (ティム・バートンナイトメアー・ビフォア・クリスマス パンプキン・キング Timu Bāton Naitomeā Bifoa Kurisumasu: Panpukin Kingu), is a game for the Game Boy Advance released in 2005.
The events of the game take place before the movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas. The story tells of Jack's first encounter with his nemesis, Oogie Boogie, and how he claimed the title of "The Pumpkin King".
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The game starts with Jack Skellington preparing for Halloween, approximately one year before the events of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Unfortunately, Oogie heard from his henchmen, Lock, Shock, and Barrel that Jack was scarier than him and sent the henchmen to kidnap Jack. They however bring Sally, a rag doll-like creature who was Dr. Finkelstein's new assistant with a crush on Jack, back instead. Jack found the Town deserted on Halloween of all days and heard from the mayor that everyone was hiding from a bug infestation. Lock, Shock and Barrel wreaked havoc around the town while Jack was determined to get to the bottom of it. Along the way Jack helped the townspeople and in return collected weapons, upgrades and information. Jack heard from them about Oogie Boogie and that he lived under the treehouse on the edge of town. When he faced Oogie Jack learned that he was behind the whole mess and that he wanted to turn Halloween into Crawloween. Jack and Oogie had a battle to decide who ruled the town. Oogie was certain he would win saying that the town would be reborn as Bug Town. Lock, Shock and Barrel helped him saying that when Oogie took over the town would be theirs to play with. When Jack defeated him he ordered Oogie to fear him and not to leave the lair. Jack met Sally for the first time when he rescued her and Halloween went ahead as planned. Oogie Boogie vowed to get his revenge after biding his time. In the movie however it seems like Jack has forgiven the three minions.
The game so far has a score of 69.43% from GameRankings and 71 out of 100 from Metacritic. IGN gave it a score of 6.5 out of 10, saying, "Nightmare Before Christmas might not be all that amazing visually, and audio-wise it's the absolute pits. But it does give kids a solid Nightmare Before Christmas-based adventure, even if it lacks that special 'zing' that the unique license could have afforded."
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Pumpkin King was more of a 2D Metroidvania title.
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