Arthur and the Invisibles, based on the CG animated film of the same name, is a collection of mini games that you rapidly play, one after another, a la WarioWare. I appreciate when the developers of movie tie-in games do something unexpected and imaginative like this instead of a predictable sidescrolling platformer. The 2D graphics are fairly good, even if most of it seems to be clip art from the film, and the music, while not particularly memorable, is pleasant to the ears and suits the action.
Altogether, there are 90 mini games, spread across 12 "stages", which you have to reach quotas on (i.e., clear 20-40 mini games back-to-back) to unlock the next stage. There's a fair amount of variety to the game designs; you'll be flicking, poking, rubbing, and sliding like mad with your stylus and doing a lot of blowing into the microphone too! Sadly, unlike WarioWare, there isn't any way to regain lives, which can make reaching those higher quotas pretty tricky to accomplish, as you only ever have three tries to do it with. And, even though you get a brief instructional prompt at the beginning of each mini game, sometimes it isn't very obvious what you actually need to do in order to succeed, but eventually you'll figure it out (and, once you've encountered a mini game, you unlock it for practice so that you can hone your skills).
There's also a virtual pet. Every time you clear ten mini games, you're awarded with some food or furniture to use with your pet Mul-mul (they're little puffball things with wings). You can't do a lot with these virtual pets, just feed them, pet them, clean up their droppings, and change the decorations/furniture in their cage, but at least it's fairly easy/painless to do and they're pretty cute.
If you loved WarioWare like me, then I strongly recommend this game to you, as it shamelessy copies Nintendo's entertaining creation and does it very well. Even if you haven't seen the Arthur and the Invisibles film, if you like mini game collections, you'll probably enjoy the hectic and varied challenges facing Arthur and his friends here. The virtual pet is only so-so, but it's an okay bonus mode that gives you incentive to keep playing the game after beating it in order to acquire more food and furniture for your pet Mul-muls.
yes: I recommend this product