As you would expect from a movie tie-in (of sorts), The Grinch takes elements of the plot and loosely ties them together in a 3D platform adventure. You control Grinchy and his faithful dog Max (you can switch between the two on the fly in order to collect items from areas inaccessible to the Grinch) and have to wander around various movie and non-movie based locations crushing Christmas presents with your arse, avoiding enemies, breathing toxic breath on stuff and collecting rotten eggs to throw about. As far as platformers on the Dreamcast go, it plays well enough and has some crisp visuals...but nothing can hide the fact that it is a PlayStation game that has been given a bit of a polish for the extra capabilities of Sega's machine. It's not as bad as Ducati World's pixellated mishmash, but you can instantly tell that The Grinch started life as a 32-bit game and has been slightly enhanced. Graphics aside though, the aesthetics are decent - the production values are quite high and the voice acting and narration is very good, despite me not liking the whole Seuss rhyming story thang.
I also have to mention the fully coloured manual and the artwork within said book - it's of a high quality and a nice addition to the package. Speaking of packaging, one look at the front of the box will reveal that the game was published by Konami...which I find a little strange. Konami is a powerhouse of a games developer and publisher, and yet the only games it found worthy to release on the Dreamcast other than The Grinch (certainly in PAL territories, anyway) were Deadly Skies, Silent Scope, Nightmare Creatures 2 and ESPN International Track & Field. I know there was an original Castlevania game planned and then cancelled...but where was International Superstar Soccer? Or Symphony of the Night? Hmmm. No, Konami did not develop The Grinch, but the question remains - who was the person that decided Konami should expend resources putting this mediocrity out when the people demanded more? If the Dreamcast had played host to an upgraded port of ISS Pro, the story could have been so different. Ho hum.
While I'm going off on tangents, it has become apparent to me the The Grinch is seen as quite a rare title for the Dreamcast and commands higher than normal prices for what many would consider a cheap PS1 port. I remember seeing a copy at a car boot sale some time ago and the bloke selling it wanted £20 for it, and added the immortal line "it sells for more than that on eBay." It'll come as no surprise that I parted with no money on that cold and frosty morning, but he was right to a degree - The Grinch on Dreamcast does indeed command some silly prices on various sites...but after playing it, I can't see why. And while we're on the subject, I paid £8.99 plus P&P. Meh.