Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been made into two video games: once in 1985 and also in 2005. The games are based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1985)Edit

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 1985 video game which was released on the ZX Spectrum. It is based on the book of the same name.


The game consists of five sub-games, four arcade and an arcade adventure. The first four must be completed to get access to the final part.

In the first part the player must make Augustus Gloop float into a flask by adjusting the directions of a selection of tubes. The second part requires the avoiding of blueberries thrown by Violet Beauregarde. In the third game Veruca Salt has to dodge squirrels. In the fourth game Mike Teavee has to avoid TV men while collecting chocolate bars. The final part is a Jet Set Willy-style game where the player must collect six golden keys.


Sinclair User said that it "palls after a very short time. However, as the package comprises five games and the book it must represent reasonable value for money."[1] Your Spectrum said that "the package was overpriced, with the best item being the book." and "Seeing as how Roald Dahl is usually known for his horror stories, he'll probably be very happy with the Spectrum version"[2]

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)Edit

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 video game which was released on the Xbox, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, and Windows platforms. It is based on the film of the same name by Tim Burton. The game was released in the middle of the year to coincide with the release of the film in theatres.

Most of the main cast from the film provided their voices for the game except for Johnny Depp, and James Arnold Taylor was used in his place as the voice of Willy Wonka.

Original Music for the video game was created by Winifred Phillips and produced by Winnie Waldron.


The first objective of the game is to help Charlie find money to buy a Wonka Bar to win a Golden Ticket. This is done at the beginning of the game while giving a tutorial of what controls will be needed during future stages.

The main part of the game takes place in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory where the Oompa Loompas help the player through each level. By giving them commands Charlie finishes each challenge and progresses through the game. Each Oompa Loompa specializes in different tasks, such as electrical work, harvesting and welding. Candy is scattered throughout the levels and when collected it boosts Charlie's energy.

Each level is very similar to the plot in the 2005 movie. For example, Charlie must help Willy Wonka remove the gluttonus Augustus Gloop from the pipe above the chocolate river. He must roll the blueberry Violet Beauregarde to the Juicing Room and juice her. When Veruca Salt is thrown down the garbage chute, the player's objective is to follow her down the chute and save her from the incinerator. The last objective of the game is after Mike Teavee shrinks himself the player needs to fix the television-chocolate machine. Throughout the game the Oompa Loompas must help Charlie return the chocolate factory back to normal by fixing the mistakes that the self-indulgent children made.


Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 4.0 out of 10[5] 2.5 out of 10[6] 4.0 out of 10[7] 4.0 out of 10[8]
IGN 4.5 out of 10[9] 4.5 out of 10[10] 4.5 out of 10[11]
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Aggregate scores
GameRankings 51.63% (8 reviews)[14] 45.16% (19 reviews)[15] 39.56% (9 reviews)[16] 40.7% (27 reviews)[17] 45.27% (26 reviews)[18]
Metacritic 36% (5 reviews)[19] 39% (16 reviews)[20] 26% (8 reviews)[21] 35% (21 reviews)[22] 39% (20 reviews)[23]

Although reviewers praised the game's enjoyable storyline, music and presentation, most felt that the control of the characters on screen was awkward at best and the game was too short. The video game site IGN gave the game an overall rating of 4.5 out of 10[11] and GameSpot gave it the "poor" rating of 4.0 out of 10.[8] PC Gamer rated the game a 22%. G4's X-Play gave it a 1 out of 5. Nintendo Power also gave the console version a 2 out of 10 because of clunky camera control and the reversal of roles. It is argued that the places were supposed to be enjoyable and Willy Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas mysterious in compliance with the book and movies, while in the game the places were creepy and Willy Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas annoyingly gleeful. This game was also one of the worst GameCube games.


The original musical soundtrack of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory video game was composed by Winifred Phillips [24] In his review of the game for IGN, Juan Castro called the music from the game "a really good soundtrack" and elaborated later in the article by writing, "Music sounds moody and atmospheric where it should. Same goes for the oddball tunes within the factory."[25]


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