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Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas (PS2)

by Capcom
PlayStation2
 Ages 7 and Over
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Control Jack Skellington and his new weapon the rubber soul
  • Incredible graphics that look just like the film
  • Battle Oogie Boogie and his cohorts Lock, Shock and Barrel
  • Based on the award-winning 1993 animated movie
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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B0001701CE
  • Release Date: 30 Sep 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,751 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Based on the 1993 award-winning animated movie of the same name, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas is a ghoulish tale with wicked humour and stunning animation. In this adventure action game, players assume the role of "Jack Skellington", the Pumpkin King, and help reclaim Halloweentown from the mischievous Oogie Boogie. The game incorporates extraordinary worlds filled with magic and wonder mixed with enchanting and musical elements.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome To Halloween Town At It's Greatest! 27 Dec 2005
By Max
Having loving Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas animated movie musical, my dad brought it for me on Xmas day, and it was GREAT!!! I'm extremely thankful that the dark-minded: Tim Burton, the Disney-related: Buena Vista Games Company, and the best-selling games company: Capcom kept it very true to the movie, and I'm espically thankful that Danny Elfman (composer of The Nightmare Before Christmas movie and video game) wrote song lyrics to the game and the levels will keep Tim Burton fans occuiped.
I LOVE JACK SKELLINGTON IN THE MOVIE AND VIDEO GAME!
From a gigantic Roald Dahl & Wallace & Gromit fan:
Max William James Keogh
12 years old
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Being a tremendous fan of the 1993 movie, I purchased the video game with high anticipations. They were not disappointed. Since Capcom collaborated with Tim burton while making this game, it stays incredibly loyal to the film, which most of the same actors voicing the characters! (It's good to see Chris Sarandon back as Jack's voice singing as well as talking this time, although Danny Elfman back as his singing voice would have been even better).
"Oogie's Revenge" is a rank-based action/role-play game, in which you battle and sing your way through around twenty levels. At the end of each level, you are given a mark for time, combos, damage, and !-mark count, which gives you your overall "Nightmare Rank". You get rewards for completing a level with all "A+"s which help you unlock bonuses and the like at the end of the game.
If you are thinking of purchasing this game, but have not seen the film, watch it first. The game acts as a sequel to the movie, so you will not know who the characters are, or fully appreciate the songs, most of which are remixes from the original soundtrack. Not to mention that one way of collecting souls (souls are like the Halloweentown currency) is to complete the quizzes that the corpse kid gives you, in which almost every question is about the movie.
You play as Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown, a year after the end of the movie. A cut-scene shows the mayor awarding the prizes for that year's halloween scaring.
"And now, the award for most spines tingled, by a non-corporeal being... Another magnificent Halloween, Jack!"
The moment Jack leaves the limelight, his head hangs.
"This can't go on. You've got to do better, Jack!"
After talking to Jack, Doctor Finklestein gives him a new toy - The Soul Robber.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun 16 Dec 2005
Based on the Tim Burton film of the same name, this game ‘stars’ the pumpkin king, Jack Skellington as the main character. Jack has to wend his way through Halloween Town and the outlying areas, fighting monsters and solving puzzles as he goes. His mission is to save the town from his old nemesis Oogie Boogie and to restore order. There are three levels of difficulty, easy, normal and nightmare as well as many levels and side quests within the game. Even the easy level has some difficult areas though; not so much with the battles but more with solving some of the puzzles. Knowledge of the film is useful to complete the quiz with Corpse Kid as the questions directly relate to the movie. You can do this quiz as often as you like and receive various rewards for completing it depending on the score. After each section you receive a grade for various activities and you are then given an option of proceeding to the next level or trying to improve your grades on the level you’ve just completed.
Lots of the favourite film characters feature, such as Sally, the Mayor, Zero, Vampire brothers, Clown and so on. Of course Oogie Boogie has Lock, Shock and Barrel helping him and Jack has various ‘boss’ battles with that nightmare trio. As the game progresses, Jack receives other costumes and skills. You can flame throw with Jack as the Pumpkin King or throw exploding parcels as Sandy Claws Jack. The graphics in this game are excellent as is the sound quality. Music and voices from the film are used adding to the enjoyment. This is a good quality game; not the most difficult or taxing but huge fun nonetheless. Any fan of the film should have a great time with this. Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Got the look down but that's all. 17 July 2014
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While I really enjoy the source material and the level design, the gameplay really ruins the game. First off the camera is really messed up it's zoomed out on the player when I felt a third person perspective would have worked better. Whenever you turn a corner the camera along with the directions on the control reverse which many times will cause you to move in the opposite direction to which you were heading. The combat is just awful and very repetitive and annoying. The jumping doesn't really do anything other than make Jack do a somersault, you can't really use it to jump any gaps so it's just a useless ability. The soundtrack is just a butchered version of the one from the film, basically for certain moments mainly boss battle they will play the first minute or so of a song from the film with different lyrics relating to what's occurring in the game and repeat it over and over again until you defeat the boss or fail. You don't really get any guidance on any of the missions, sometimes you have no clue where to go and the map doesn't help you (just wait till you get to the Hinterlands, I was stuck there for hours).

There are some positives to the game such as the level design is very faithful to the film and looks amazing most of the time and the game is definitely worth a buy just to explore Halloween Town and Christmas Town in full along with some new areas added that fit perfectly and do not feel out of place. If you're a fan of the film I recommend playing it at least once but you probably won't want to a 2nd time for a long time. Though for the love of god make sure you pick the easy difficulty, I tried Normal and it was almost impossible, thank god for the quick and easy replenish health cheat. So overall great looking game and fun to explore but really let down by gameplay which really sucks as I want to like this game.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Game arrived Broken
Was very excited for this game as my friend is a massive nightmare before Christmas fan! The disk arrived with heavy scratches, therefore I decided to play the game myself to see... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite game!
I've played this game so much since I bought it, you have to buy this if you love the film it's like the the next film as a game real voices and music from Danny elfman :D
Published 1 month ago by Carlotta Turnbull
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
amazing game
Published 2 months ago by Sarahshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Halloween..
As the only acknowledged Tim Burton adaptation game, it takes what you'd expect from your traditional rpg and puts a nice nostalgic twist on a classic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tony Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Item arrived on time and undamaged, so thankyou very much.
Published 4 months ago by jeanette
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thanxs
Published 4 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Jack THE Pumpkin King
Kids love this, and to be honest so do I, being in that world is great . Good fun and if you like the film you'll love the game
Published 16 months ago by Chesh
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad review
This item was received, however, it does not work. I have tried to use the disc and it just crashes before i can play it.
Published 20 months ago by Jessica Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nightmare Before Christmas PS2 Game
This is an awesome game and a great take on the famous Tim Burtons Night Mare Before Christmas 10/10
Published on 3 May 2010 by Lewis Benjamin Singleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Nightmare
The game is based on Tim Burtons Nightmare Before Christmas. Its not the story line of the film (it has a story all of its own), but it does have alot of the main characters, and... Read more
Published on 24 April 2007 by Ms. J. Lambert
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