Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Consumer Guide

Parents will be glad to know that there's no foul language, sexual content or nudity in this game at all, and very little violence. In fact, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory seems designed for younger gamers. When players lose, they start exactly where they left off—with all the items they've collected, robots they've destroyed, and candy-machines they've fixed. Unfortunately, a wild camera and many graphical hiccups make this game much more frustrating than it should be.

Fans of Tim Burton's film, please don't make the same mistake I did. This game is mediocre, derivative and rushed. It's not nearly as much fun as the movie is.

Johnny Depp fans can sharpen their pitchforks: Willy Wonka is voiced by James Taylor. (No, not that James Taylor).

Deaf and Hard of Hearing gamers will be more annoyed with this game than anyone else. Important instructions are written out only after they are spoken, so players will have to wait out lots of long speeches. And scenes that advance the story (which tell us the fate of each nasty kid in the factory) have no subtitles whatsoever.