WALL-E is available on all gaming platforms, but the games vary depending on the system and which company developed the game for THQ. We played the Wii console version developed by Heavy Iron for the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and the PlayStation 3.
By controlling WALL-E and his love interest EVE, players get to explore the worlds presented in the movie. The storyline of the movie is retold through video cutscenes that are sprinkled throughout the game's nine levels.
WALL-E, a little waste compacting robot, was left on Earth 700 years ago when the planet became inhabitable because of excessive waste created by humans. Most of the puzzle-based gameplay on Earth revolves around WALL-E's ability to compact garbage into useful cubes.
As he tries to navigate ever-changing landscapes, he must use the waste that he compacts to help him control his environment. Depending on the source of the waste, the cubes have different properties that WALL-E can use. For example, some are heavy and when thrown at targets, can trigger buttons that control ramps and bridges. Others are charged with electricity, and can turn on devices. Some are even magnetic and will attract or repel metal objects. Plus WALL-E can fold himself into a box shape and roll to avoid danger.
When EVE, an Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator, arrives on Earth, players get to control her as well. Since she flies, some of the gameplay involves zipping through tunnels and the air at breakneck speeds. Eve also has the unique ability to pick up and carry WALL-E for short bursts. She can take him places he would never be able to go on his own.
When the two robots are transported to the gigantic Axiom spaceship, the opportunity for new landscapes and new puzzles expands. This space world has so many new mechanical challenges like magnetic ceiling, electrified floors, and other robots, that the puzzle play is very different from the earlier levels.
This game is fascinating to explore because it features big environments that are constantly changing. And the gameplay is inventive, frequently presenting puzzles even seasoned gamers will not have seen before. Plus the character of WALL-E is so cute, that you would have to have a heart of lead not to fall in love with him. The game even offers multiplayer minigames.
But this Wii version of the WALL-E game is quite challenging to play, and too hard for the youngest members of the movie's targeted audience. This version is best played by kids 9-up; but even they may experience some frustration with the infrequent save points which will cause them to replay portions of the game over and over again. And the instructions can be incomplete and not shown on the screen for very long, so be prepared to experiment. At times, the camera angles can be frustrating as you try to gauge if a platform is close enough for EVE to pick up WALL-E and carry him before her power runs out.
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