Players: 1 Player Game | Release Date: 06/19/02 | Genre: Platform
Imagine: a creature from the bowels of a cloning facility designed to be genetically indestructible, run amok on various corners of the universe set on destroying all life encountered and collecting DNA samples for his creator. Sounds a bit like Frankenstein meets an episode of Star Wars in which Spock would lose even his Vulcan sensibilities. It is Stitch: Experiment 626, a prequel to the new animated feature from Disney, Lilo and Stitch. This is before Stitch gets all nice and ooey-gooey in the movie, of course. In the game, he has a gun in each of his four paws and destroys everything around him. Bonus.
The story is simple enough and the movements are simple as well. You can jump, run, shoot, strafe, and climb. While most games relating to Disney movies are fairly intolerable, this is a rare exception. Stitch, while fairly unchallenging (mostly because as an indestructible being, you can never run out of lives) is engaging and entertaining. Through a few simple instructions from your creator, you are off and running as Stitch. You climb the walls and shoot enemies in fairly short stages. There are few enemies until you get into the third and fourth levels, and when it becomes time to kill enemies, the game auto-targets them for you, making for an easy kill. Objectively, you must collect a certain number of DNA (which are plentiful) to proceed to the next level. The most difficult aspect of Stitch is the jumping, which sometimes must be done with a modicum of precision.
One of the extra features included within the game are movie clips. By collecting secret movie clips during the game, you can spend them on unlocking short movie clips of Lilo and Stitch between levels. Since the game is included on a DVD, the quality of the clips is excellent. While this does nothing to improve the gameplay, it is a nice addition.
Stitch is not a new or terribly exciting game. It has nothing new to offer the gaming community, except for once a game based on a Disney movie that doesn't completely stink. It is standard fare for a shooting, adventure PS2 game but does have some cute reactions from the title characters. Load times are not too long and the game causes little frustration to the player. The environments in Stitch are colorful and up the standards set by the PS2. Players who end up seeing the Disney Movie, Lilo and Stitch and want to learn a little more about how Stitch became evil will probably find something to like in Stitch: Experiment 626. While the title brings nothing new to the genre, it can provide several hours of fun.