Every animated family film tends to spawn a video game tie-in these days, and the recently-released Astro Boy is no exception. What is exceptional, however, is that Tesco Entertainment are stocking it for £14.99 (not including Postage and Packing, which will set you back around £1.50). This is a saving of £8 compared to Sendit, the nearest competitor- even including postage. Remember to get your clubcard points!
I won't lie to you: Astro Boy is pretty much defines the term average. Its metacritic score is exactly 50%, which is no surprise since this band is almost always reserved for movie adaptations. A small segment of the gameplay takes place in a flying side-scroller that's apparently a lot of fun (and feels like a bizarre cross between Pinocchio and Dark Void). Unfortunately, the majority of the game is a 2D brawler that often feels stale and bland even though it's technically solid. It's not bad, but it isn't particularly good. It's just...average. On the other hand, you can shoot enemies with a deployable butt-cannon, which is a fairly impressive USP.
At the end of the day, Astro Boy: The Videogame is a mediocre title that fans of the film will probably still enjoy. Whilst it's probably destined for bargain bins in the near future, this price is by far the cheapest around at the moment- and may well stop your kids nagging you to buy them a new game for a while. Which, after all, is priceless.
Thanks to andywedge at Hot UK Deals