Disney's The Emperor's New Groove - PC

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Also for: PlayStation, Game Boy Color
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Disney Soft. Co.: Disney
Publishers: Ubisoft (GB/GB)
Disney (US/JP)
Released: Nov 2000 (US)
16 Feb 2001 (GB)
Unknown (JP)
Ratings: 3+


The Emperor (that’s you) has been turned into a llama, oh no llama drama. In this 3D adventure platform game from Disney you must do everything you can to turn yourself back to normal to restore your groove. It is imperative that you find the restoration potion but that will do the trick, but it is many worlds away and heavily guarded.

The gameplay in The Emperor’s New Groove is easy to learn and all of your moves and abilities are shown to you across the first few levels. Like dashing for example, you need potions to be able to run and you must knock a young boy of his bike to learn this skill. Same goes for jump kicks and spitting grape seeds. The control method works well and controlling your character is a joy, you can tell a lot a lot of development and time has gone into getting this aspect of the game right.

Throughout the levels you will come across various puzzles that you must solve in order to make progress. These can range from activating switches with objects or winning races while you are transformed into a different creature like a turtle. The turtle race is fun because you race down a hill on your back, a nice twist.

Graphically, The Emperor’s New Groove is an attractive title; the high-resolution settings make the PC incarnation the best looking version available. Another plus point is the humour in the game. It is genuinely well done and the timing is just right. It makes tongue in cheek comments at the platform genre in general and shows clips from the film.

Overall The Emperor’s New Groove is a polished and highly playable 3D platform game. A nice balance of solid gameplay, puzzles and comedy add to the appeal. Check it out, you might really like it.