This is actually a very decent kid's game based on the best selling legacy books. Here's what your in for as far as achievement points. One of the first frustrations in this game is also the one that will waste more than HALF your time playing it. Namely, just play out to the end of the game first, then you'll thank me later!
I want to say it again here in CAPS so everyone will see it: PLAY TO THE END OF THE GAME FIRST, without worrying about the numerous just-barely-unreachable collectables that you will see as you move through the maps.
Everything that you cannot reach you will inevitably get to as the maps progress. Wasted time is the catch phrase here. More than half your time will end up being wasted if you brainstorm ways to (try to) reach said collectables, almost to the point of frustration. However, like many other games out there, this title *really* needs to just be played to the very end. Then you will say, "Ahhh, now I see how that's done".
Semi-Review: The game involves these two crazy dudes, one small fry Asterix, and the big fat guy Obelix, each with their own personality as well as this itsy-bitsy dog (who, btw, can climb onto the fat guy, and act as a wicked radar to find collectables after you finish the game and do clean up).
You are at the Olympics in ancient times and you go through a small set of maps along with assorted mini-games. These dudes are actually quite cool when it comes to their character mechanics, and the overall control of the characters is actually quite good.
Bits of Lara Croft climbing along with Lara-type puzzles are primary in this game, as well as the numerous button combos that are needed to complete some of the combat with the ancient Roman soldiers.
In fact, this is one of the few titles that I've seen that actually make you use these neat combos to get through the game (you cannot continue the level usless you can pull these off). And, it is the ONLY title that I've *ever* played that has a combo that you will need to use two fingers from BOTH hands at the same time to rope-walk little Asterix across maps in his little trolly - quite fun really.
Overall, this very hard-to-find, very hard-to-get title was quite enjoyable. The 1000 will take you roughly 6-8 hours IF you follow my guidelines above, and just play to the end of the game without ripping your hair out at the collectables that you can 'almost get to' - trust me on this one.
Graphics: N/A (Kid's game type)
Story Line: 7/10
Voice Work: 7/10
Fun Factor: 5/10
Cool Factor: 6/10
PROS: Some of the mini-games are wicked cool with the combos needed.
CONS: Teasing, teasing, teasing collectables waste total playtime by 2-3 hours, and could lead even the avid gamer to punch the walls out.
Final Note: It's really the perfect game for a hangover, or on a rainy day when you just want to kick it and zone out in front of the Plasma. Sorta Lara Croft-ish. Also keep in mind that this title is in extremely high demand by achievement junkies due to its Region Free status, and easy 1000, as it will play on *any* XBox with no problems. Many copies are mainly out of Canada, tho it will usually run you full price for even a used copy.
For Kids? Yes!, but help them understand the puzzles. Some are out of their league and they will get frustrated too easily.