Astro Boy captures some of the essence of the film's art style, but that's as good as it gets. Technically, it's not a great-looking game; with some exceptions in the flying stages, Metro City's hustle and bustle feels heavily manufactured -- I know it is literally manufactured, but do we constantly need to be reminded that we're only playing a game? The animations are heavily inspired (and almost borrowed) from Astro Boy: Omega Factor, from the Super attacks to the flying stages. The lip synching is easily some of the worst I've seen in a game.
In this game, Metro City is a boring and visually dull place, but it sounds even worse. The music is occasionally appropriate, but it doesn't sound like the kind of stuff you should be hearing when you're readying legions of metal scrappers for the junk heap. Freddie Highmore and Kristen Bell each contribute a whopper of a phone-in performance. Hopefully, Ms. Bell will redeem herself with the release of Assassin's Creed II.