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Fans of Disney\'s original Aladdin movie should remember that it ended with the evil Jafar (the bad-guy) being defeated and getting himself trapped inside a magical underground tomb.
On hearing this, his sister Nasira has set off in search of some special artifacts, that when combined, will free her brother. Our hero must stop her, while at the same time rescuing Princess Jasmine... who has been kidnapped.
Nasiras Revenge is essentially a 3D platform game that allows you to go anywhere within each level - kind of like a Tomb Raider for kids. The adventure element is pretty much restricted to wandering around trying to find keys that unlock the many large iron gates that hinder your progress through each area. As it\'s aimed at the younger gamer, its fair to say that they are never too far away and can usually be uncovered by defeating an enemy, smashing a crate, or throwing an apple at an object that is out of reach.
As is traditional, there are coins and gems to collect on your travels, some which are used in the end of level bonus area for power-ups and extra lives. Essential heath top-ups are scattered around each area too, hidden inside various objects.
During the first level, your pal the genie will pop up frequently to give you advice on how to tackle a situation, or perform a particular move. Okay, so no-one can compete with Robin Williams amazing characterization, but the guy who has done the voice does a very good job of carrying the torch. He\'s witty, he\'s funny, he\'s... annoying, as only Genie could be!
Many of the guards will try to block doorways, or important switches and will need to be tackled in various different ways, that often require a little thought. Fire-eaters also pose a different kind of threat, as do the burning coal pits and hanging ropes. There are also a million kinds of platform to leap across… some moving up and down, others left to right. Our advice is to take your time, as it\'s very easy to miss a jump and end up as fish-food for the piranhas... or worse !
What adventure would be complete without some dramatic music? Not only does it fit the mood of the moment, but, some of the brilliant original scores from the Aladdin soundtrack, have found their way, onto the disc… Including the hit: \'A whole new world\'.
Aladdin, and other characters, look really nice, I didn\'t notice any rough edges, the characters all look smooth, and colorful. The way the camera sweeps around, can be disorientating, but you can manually swing it back around to your viewpoint. Movement is awkward at times, I can\'t make up my mind whether I prefer to use the analogue sticks or the buttons, but at least the controls are easy to pick up... with \'L1\' to look/aim, and \'CIRCLE\' to walk innocently, past sleeping store vendors, (Aladdin whistles \'one step\' while doing this, trying to look inconspicuous, it\'s amusing to watch). \'X\' is jump, and \'SQUARE\' activates the sword, or throws objects.
The backgrounds are 3D and are taken from the film, so as you\'d expect they look pretty good. The character animations are nicely done too, I really liked the way the fire-eaters coughed and spluttered (smoke pouring out of their mouths), when pelted with apples. Another nice touch was that instead of the boring old life bar that most games seem to use, these looked like they\'ve been framed in an ornate pattern, fitting in nicely with the whole mood of the game.
· Battle palace guards and HUGE spiders, amongst many others
· High speed magic carpet rides
· Plot enhancing cinematics
· Locations from the original film and more
· Solve puzzles
1 Block required on Memory card per save (min)
Up to 1 Players (without Multi-tap)
Uses Dual Shock Pad Buttons
Uses Dual Shock Pad Analog Sticks
Uses Dual Shock Pad Vibration facility
REVIEW SCORE GUIDE:
We promise that we have fully played 'Aladdin - Nasiras Revenge' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.
SUMMARY OF FINAL RATING (%)
00 - 59 This makes your console seem like an older machine. It utilises little or none of the PSone power.
60 - 69 This game is little more than average and we advise renting or play-testing before considering a purchase.
70 - 79 This is a good solid title that should still appeal to those who like this type of game.
80 - 89 This is a fantastic game that we think you will enjoy playing for quite some time.
90 - 100 This game either pushes the boundaries of it's genre further than ever before on this system, or creates a completely new gaming experience. Either way, it should not be missed and is an essential purchase in our opinion.
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ:
It is very important that you are aware that the criteria we use to obtain review scores on the PS2 is very different to that used for games on the original Playstation (PSone). The Processing and Graphical power of the two consoles are vastly different and as our reviews are graded against what we estimate is the achievable potential of each system, it does not mean in any way that a game scoring 80 percent on PS2 is worse than a Playstation (PSone) equivalent which scores 95.
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