This game is great for Macaulay Culkin fans. Both of them. Everyone else may find the levels too short and the tricky controls too difficult.
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You play as Macaulay's movie character, lost in a world of books. You travel through three main worlds -- Horror, Adventure, and Fantasy -- that are split into a total of 68 areas. You'll meet characters from classic books, like Captain Ahab and Humpty Dumpty. Among the power-ups are Magic Shoes for extra jumping abilities and Sticky Eyeballs to throw at adversaries.
The graphics in Pagemaster aren't bad, with good detail and imaginative backgrounds. The hero looks a little undersized, but his bookish appearance suits the story.
Some small but clear voice clips and lots of explosions headline the above-average sounds. The music changes for every level, so you won't have to hear the same tune over and over again.
The real problem is the dismal control. If you try to land on an enemy while wearing the Magic Shoes, you lose sight of the enemy. When you land, you're usually behind your target. And the first stage's wall hooks are so hard to hang on to; you may hang this game on the wall before continuing.
Throw the Book at 'Em
The Pagemaster won't satisfy most palates, but it may be just the thing for young tots who aspire to be like Big Mac. Otherwise, go find something to read.
- Chase down your power- ups when hit. They act as a buffer so you don't lose a life right away.
- Once you get Invincible, run through the level. Don't waste any time!
- Check out all suspicious-looking elements. These dark patches on the wall are hooks.
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