Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Platform(s): Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: Take-Two
Release Date: July 15, 2005

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'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Announced

by Judy on Sept. 2, 2004 @ 6:42 a.m. PDT

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory allows players to embark on an adventure exploring the many extraordinary environments of the factory, including some elements from the book that do not appear in the film, accompanied by everyone's favorite Oompa-Loompas. Players discover what happens after the other children, greed-driven and unrestrained, wreak havoc throughout the factory and solve mystifying puzzles using special candy powers. Only by helping the Oompa-Loompas and restoring order to the factory can gamers earn the respect of Willy Wonka and win a prize beyond their wildest imagination!

The launch of the videogame is scheduled to coincide with the 2005 release of the film that stars Oscar nominated actor Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. Twelve-year-old British actor Freddie Highmore takes on the title role of Charlie, with newcomers AnnaSophia Robb as Violet Beauregarde, Jordan Fry as Mike Teavee, Julia Winter as Veruca Salt and Philip Wiegratz as Augustus Gloop.

Acclaimed director Tim Burton brings his vividly imaginative style to the beloved Roald Dahl classic "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," about eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka and Charlie, a good-hearted boy from a poor family who lives in the shadow of Wonka's extraordinary factory. Long isolated from his own family, Wonka launches a worldwide contest to select an heir to his candy empire. Five lucky children, including Charlie, draw golden tickets from Wonka chocolate bars and win a guided tour of the legendary candy-making facility that no outsider has seen in 15 years. Dazzled by one amazing sight after another, Charlie is drawn into Wonka's fantastic world in this astonishing and enduring story.

Global Star Software will manage the game development for next generation consoles, handheld and PC. The console games will be developed by High Voltage Software, and the handheld and PC games by Backbone Entertainment.

"We are very excited to be working with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on a videogame adaptation of Tim Burton's vision of the classic 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,'" said Christoph Hartmann, Senior Vice President of Publishing at Global Star Software. "'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' has entertained audiences around the globe for over forty years, and the bright and colorful settings, iconic storytelling and beloved characters are a perfect match for this medium."

"The unique nature of the 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' content offers a rare opportunity to create a great interactive extension of the fiction," said Jason Hall, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "Working with Global Star, we look forward to launching an engaging video game based on this extremely imaginative property."

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