The Cat in the Hat (video game)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat 2003 Game.jpg
Developer(s)Magenta Software (PS2, Xbox)
Digital Eclipse (Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Advance)
Publisher(s)Vivendi Universal Games[a]
Director(s)Paul Johnson, Dave Allsopp
Producer(s)Jared Brinkley, Stephen Townsend
Composer(s)Keith Leary (Game Audio Ltd.)
Platform(s)Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Release
  • NA: November 5, 2003 (PS2, Xbox, GBA)
  • NA: November 9, 2003 (Windows)
  • EU: March 19, 2004
  • JP: March 25, 2004 (Xbox)
Genre(s)Platform Action

The Cat in the Hat (also known as Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat) is a 2003 2.5D platformer for PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows, and Game Boy Advance. The PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions were developed by Magenta Software. The Windows and Game Boy Advance versions were developed by Digital Eclipse. All versions of the game were published by Vivendi Universal Games. It is based on the 2003 movie of the same name, which was released shortly after the game. A version for the GameCube was planned, but was never released.[1]

Plot[edit]

On a stormy day, Conrad (Chase Chavarria) and Sally (Andrea Bowen) are confined inside their house while their mother is gone. The Cat in the Hat (Chris Edgerly) arrives to bring them cheer, but next-door neighbor, Larry Quinn (Fred Tatasciore), steals the Crab Lock that seals the Cat's magical crate, causing magic to flood the house and unleash chaos that threatens the world.[2] The Cat makes his way through different stages—household objects or rooms which have been corrupted by the magic—with the guidance of the family's fish (Nolan North), recaptures the magic, and chases Larry Quinn, who is after the magic in a quest to become immensely powerful. After cleaning the house of magic and besting Larry Quinn, the Crab Lock reattaches to the crate, sealing away the magic.

The plot of the Game Boy Advance version is largely the same, with the exception that Conrad removes the lock, as for unknown reasons, Larry Quinn is not present.

Gameplay[edit]

PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Windows[edit]

The main objective of the game is to explore worlds and chase Quinn out of them while optionally gathering the scattered magic. There are ten levels and three boss fights, though there is also a bonus level which can be unlocked by completing the bonus stages in each level. To traverse these levels, the cat can jump, glide with his umbrella, zipline, slam to the ground, and collect enemies and explosive goo in bubbles for use as projectiles, among other maneuvers.

The game has a variety of collectibles. Each stage contains small clusters of magic; if every cluster is collected within a stage, the stage's appearance in the hub world returns to normal. Collecting all magic in the game results in the game's true ending where the crate is sealed. There are also gems which can be collected in bonus levels, of which one exists in each stage and can be unlocked by acquiring four keys from Thing One and Thing Two; collecting all of these gems unlocks the bonus stage. Finally, there are clapperboards hidden throughout each stage that, when collected, unlock a clip from the movie for viewing in the menu.

Game Boy Advance[edit]

In addition to platforming stages, the Game Boy Advance version contains four stages where the player scuba dives to obtain pieces of the Crab Lock. There's also a bonus stage where the Cat drives his cleaning machine to catch Thing One and Thing Two. Collectibles include icons related to the theme of the stage as well as enemies that have been defeated.

Stages[edit]

PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Windows[edit]

The House[edit]

Conrad and Sally's house serves as a hub world for the game, with three major areas: the living room, the kitchen and garage, and upstairs.
Until certain stages are cleared, Sally will prohibit the Cat from entering the kitchen and garage, and Conrad will prohibit him from entering the second floor.

Levels[edit]

  • Grandfather Clock – A grandfather clock with a timekeeping theme.
  • Venus Cat-trap – A household plant with a jungle aesthetic and soundtrack.
  • Musical Madness – A record player with a musical theme and a jazz soundtrack.
  • Freezer Burn – A refrigerator with a frozen wasteland and frozen/refrigerated foods theme.
  • Boiler Bonanza – A boiler with a superheated industrial theme.
  • Wishy Washy – A washing machine full of clothes and detergents.
  • Mechanical Mayhem – A car engine with a mechanical theme and a heavily polluted atmosphere.
  • Chemistry Chaos – A microscope full of harmful chemicals and electricity.
  • Trouble Bath – A bathtub with a nautical theme.
  • Attic Adventure – An attic with a dark, cobweb-ridden atmosphere.
  • Mystical Mirror (bonus) – A mirror reflecting the house's living room.

Boss stages[edit]

  • Quinn TV – A battle against Quinn and his machine in the family's television.
  • BBQuinn – A battle against Quinn and his machine in the oven.
  • Quinn in Toyland – A battle against Quinn and his machine in the children's toybox.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
AggregatorScore
GameRankings(Xbox) 52.67%[3]
(PS2) 50%[4]
(GBA) 46.50%[5]
(PC) 19.50%[6]
Metacritic(Xbox) 56/100[7]
(PS2) 56/100[8]
(GBA) 40/100[9]
(PC) 40/100[10]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Famitsu27/40[11]
GameSpot3.8/10[12]
GameZone(PC) 8/10[13]
(PS2) 7.2/10[14]
(GBA) 5/10[15]
IGN6/10[16]
(GBA) 4/10[17]
Nintendo Power2.3/5[18]
OPM (US)2/5 stars[19]
OXM (US)5.5/10[20]
PC Gamer (UK)9%[21]
PC Zone30%[22]
X-Play2/5 stars[23]

The Cat in the Hat received mixed reviews,[3][4][5][7][8][9] except for the PC version, which received negative reviews.[6][10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Released under the Coktel brand name in PAL regions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat GameCube Gameplay. IGN. May 19, 2011 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ The Cat: "It was a windy, rainy day. Then, to everyone's surprise, I turn up and cheer up some kids. But then, what do you know? My magical crate is opened — the lock stolen — magic leaks out, and the whole world is in danger. Thus, I ... have to recapture the loose magic, which has transformed the house, and recover the lock from Mr. Quinn, the nasty next door neighbor, who's also collecting the magic in order to make himself immensely powerful."
  3. ^ a b "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (Xbox)". GameRankings. Archived from the original on February 2, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (PlayStation 2)". GameRankings. Archived from the original on February 2, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (GBA)". GameRankings. Archived from the original on February 2, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat for PC". GameRankings. Archived from the original on February 2, 2018. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat for Xbox Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on November 28, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on July 9, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on November 23, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Archived from the original on November 28, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  11. ^ "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat". Famitsu. 798. April 2, 2004.
  12. ^ Provo, Frank (December 15, 2003). "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Review (GBA)". GameSpot. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  13. ^ Hollingshead, Anise (December 10, 2003). "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat - PC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 17, 2008. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  14. ^ Tha Wiz (November 16, 2003). "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat - PS2 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 1, 2008. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  15. ^ Hollingshead, Anise (December 17, 2003). "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat - GBA - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on August 28, 2008. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  16. ^ Hwang, Kaiser (February 6, 2004). "The Cat in the Hat". IGN. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  17. ^ Tierney, Adam (December 1, 2003). "Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (GBA)". IGN. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  18. ^ "The Cat in the Hat". Nintendo Power. 176: 160. January 2004.
  19. ^ "The Cat in the Hat". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 133. January 2004.
  20. ^ "Review: The Cat in the Hat". Official Xbox Magazine: 73. January 2004.
  21. ^ "The Cat in the Hat". PC Gamer UK. June 2004.
  22. ^ PC Zone Staff (May 10, 2004). "Review: The Cat in the Hat". PC Zone. Retrieved December 8, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  23. ^ Miller, Skyler (March 10, 2004). "'The Cat in the Hat' (PS2) Review". X-Play. Archived from the original on April 14, 2004. Retrieved December 8, 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

External Links[edit]