Flushed Away (PlayStation 2/GameCube)
Flushed Away is a 2006 action-adventure game based on the movie of the same name. It was developed by Monkey Bar Games and published by D3 Publisher.The ports for Wii, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable, Mac, Xbox and Xbox 360 were planned, but the six versions were cancelled.
Why It Sucks
NOTE: This will only apply with the PS2 and GameCube versions.
- Ugly graphics that are on par with Curious George especially in the GameCube version that makes Roddy look like roadkill.
- Poor voice acting. Why, you may ask? That's because none of the actors from the movie reprise their roles!
- Poor grasp of the source material for example in one level Roddy fights a spider-clown and the slugs are your enemies which never happens in the movie.
- Poor camera and controls.
- Bad and confusing level design, you will die a lot because the game never tells you where you need to go.
- Very bad combat system, the special attacks are very useless because the simple attacks are strong enough to defeat most enemies.
- The cutscenes are very lazy because they are low-res screenshots from the movie with re-recorded audio.
- Long loading times, sometimes when you die you have to wait for the game to load and at other times it loads faster.
- Atrocious character designs, that look almost nowhere near as good as the movie. This also can be be easier than in Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit as the movie was CGI, NOT stop-motion.
- The GameCube version is glitchy and the worse one, it's easier to die because the screen is darker.
- Bad minigames that you only want to play them once.
- The only purchasable are low-res screenshots from the movie.
- The menu music is bad.
- The final boss level is very hard due to the player needs to take down The Toad by using Rita's bungee.
- Plagiarism: Roddy's sword attacking animation is similar to Sora's Keyblade attack from Kingdom Hearts and Rita's bungee attack looks similar to Kratos Blades of Chaos attack from God of War.
- Only three boss battles (or six counting the toad's rat henchmen that can be fought in a row) and they are very easy.
- Enemies repeat the same dialogue as you fight or kill them which can get annoying.
- Speaking of reason #3, the game itself does a pretty poor job at retelling the events of the movie!
- The soundtrack (except for the menu theme) is decent.
- The PS2 version has a much brighter screen that makes it easier to play.
- While the graphics are bad the visuals are very nice to look at.
- The end credits song is catchy.
Unlike the movie, it received negative reviews.
- Despite the negative reaction it earned, it won the Annie Award for Best Animated Video Game in 2006.
- In the first level of the game, Roddy is with his butlers, Gilbert and Sullivan, who appeared in the first trailer for the film, but not the film itself.