Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (video game)

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Wallace & Gromit:
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
WallaceGromitCurseWereRabbit.jpg
North American cover art for the Xbox
Developer(s) Frontier Developments
Publisher(s) Konami
Producer(s) Aardman Animations
DreamWorks Animation
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Xbox
Mobile phone
GameCube (cancelled)
Release PlayStation 2 & Xbox
  • NA: October 7, 2005
  • EU: October 14, 2005
  • JP: March 16, 2006 (PS2)
Mobile
  • NA: December 2, 2005[1]
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player multiplayer

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a video game developed by Frontier Developments and published by Konami. It was released for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles, and for the mobile phone. A Nintendo GameCube version was in development, but it was never released. It was released in North America and Europe in September, October and December 2005 respectively,[1] and in Japan in March 16, 2006 for the PlayStation 2. It is based on the film of the same name by Aardman Animations.

Gameplay[edit]

The main characters are Wallace and Gromit, whose new company, Anti-Pesto, is charged with keeping rabbits away from the upcoming Giant Vegetable Competition,[2] which has been run by Lady Tottington's family at Tottington Hall for 517 years.

Cards must be collected to advance through the game. These can be obtained by completing tasks given by other characters, regaining the valves from Wallace's "Mind-O-Matic" machine that have been stolen by Lady Tottington's suitor, Victor Quartermaine, or by simply finding hidden cards. Residents of the game's various districts will give tasks in exchange for cards.

Gromit using a bunnyhopper in the Town Centre

The game is divided into four districts; The Town Centre, Wallersey the harbour area, Grimsley the industrial area and Tottington Hall. In each district there is at least one "arena", an area which Anti-Pesto must clear of pests. Arenas can be revisited at night, where Wallace is replaced by Hutch,[3] who was originally a captive rabbit but swapped roles with Wallace after an accident with Wallace's invention, the Mind-O-Matic.

Wallace, Gromit, and Hutch each carry a primary pest catching device, The BunGun.[4] The BunGun is used to suck up pests and shoot them into a drain. Once in the drain, the pests are transported through the sewage system into Wallace and Gromit's basement, where they are kept captive. At nightfall, Gromit and Hutch can use the BunGun as a weapon to destroy were-creatures with a swing of the gun. Once dead, their "were energy" is stored in the BunGun, and can be used to destroy more creatures. The were energy can also be used to stun the Were-Rabbit.

Gromit can visit Mr. Caliche's shop, where he can purchase items to help grow the marrow that he's preparing for the Giant Vegetable Competition.

During the night, the Were-Rabbit tends to appear at random. Gromit and Hutch must chase it down and try and stop it from escaping. However, at the end of each chase, the Were-Rabbit hops over a barbed-wire fence which Wallace/Hutch and Gromit can't get over until it is opened.

As the duo progress through the game, a fortune teller, Madame Winnie Bago, who befriended Wallace and Gromit after they fixed her van, offers them tips and hints to help them complete tasks successfully.

At the end of the game, if the player has grown Gromit's marrow to its full potential, a post credits sequence plays where Lady Tottington visits Wallace & Gromit's house and awards Gromit The Golden Carrot.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
mobile PS2 Xbox
Eurogamer N/A 5/10[5] N/A
Famitsu N/A 26/40[6] N/A
Game Informer N/A 7/10[7] 7/10[7]
GamePro N/A N/A 2.5/5 stars[8]
GameSpot N/A 6.3/10[9] 6.3/10[9]
GameZone N/A 5.1/10[10] N/A
IGN 5.5/10[1] 6.5/10[11] N/A
OPM (US) N/A 3/5 stars[12] N/A
OXM (US) N/A N/A 6/10[13]
VideoGamer.com N/A 5/10[14] 5/10[14]
The Times N/A 4/5 stars[15] 4/5 stars[15]
Aggregate score
Metacritic N/A 68/100[16] 70/100[17]

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit received "average" reviews according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[16][17] In Japan, Famitsu gave the PlayStation 2 version a score of three sixes and one eight for a total of 26 out of 40.[6]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Video Game". MoviesOnline. Archived from the original on January 13, 2006. Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Profile". LoveToKnow. Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit". MobyGames. Retrieved December 22, 2008. 
  5. ^ Coxall, Martin (October 16, 2005). "Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (PS2)". Eurogamer. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Famitsu #901 news (FFXII gets 40/40 and "shakes the pleasant")". NeoGAF. March 8, 2006. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Helgeson, Matt (November 2005). "Wallace & Grommit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit [sic]". Game Informer (151): 149. Archived from the original on September 5, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Xbox)". GamePro. December 2005. 
  9. ^ a b Colyaco, Bob (December 5, 2005). "Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit Review". GameSpot. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ Bedigian, Louis (October 2, 2005). "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 22, 2009. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ Castro, Juan (September 29, 2005). "Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 101. January 2006. 
  13. ^ "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit". Official Xbox Magazine: 68. December 2005. 
  14. ^ a b Orry, Tom (October 17, 2005). "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Review". VideoGamer.com. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit". The Times. October 8, 2005. Retrieved June 27, 2014. (subscription required)
  16. ^ a b "Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 7, 2013. 

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