Disney's The Emperor's New Groove - PlayStation

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Also for: PC, Game Boy Color
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Arcade origin:No
Developer: Argonaut Soft. Co.: Argonaut
Publishers: Sony (GB/GB)
Released: 16 Feb 2001 (GB)
Unknown (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Analogue JoyPad, Memory Card
Features: Vibration Compatible


Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove is a faithful PlayStation conversion of the popular film. Disney are fond of making updates to classic stories, The Lion King shares the same story of Shakespeare’s Hamlet for example. The story behind The New Groove is that the overly arrogant Emperor needs teaching a lesson in humility and he his turned into a Llama. Throughout the film and game he learns many lessons that teach him how to respect other people.

This is a 3D platform game similar to Mario 64 and Spyro the Dragon. It is easy to pick up and play and the first few levels teach you how to play the game. You are gradually introduced to your attacks; rolling, jump kicking, spitting and given different situations to try them out in. When you learn how to spit grape seeds, you must successfully knock a young boy of his bike three times, very funny.

The Emperor’s New Groove is a genuinely amusing game, it shows exerts from the film and it demonstrates a tongue in cheek humour towards platform games in general.

You can play the game two ways, you can run through completing it as fast as can or you can take your time and try to find all tokens and secrets on each level. There are puzzles to solve and bosses to defeat and platforms to be negotiated. At times you will be transformed into other animals like a tortoise and asked to win a race.

The New Groove plays excellent, although there are a few small camera and clipping problems, they are rare and do not interfere with the gameplay. This game is ideal for players that like a good, fun, gaming challenge.