Excerpt: As a game based on a movie based on a book, The Polar Express is two degrees removed from the original vision of children's author Chris Van Allsburg, whose surrealist yuletide imagery won him a Caldecott Medal in 1986. One would assume that the video game purveyors of such a beloved property would feel pressure to be faithful to book and film, as they are both products of considerable talent.
Pros: Ends quickly, Includes movie footage
Cons: Horrible value, Completely disjointed gameplay, Terrible audiovisual presentation, Lacks cohesion, Rhythm-action sequences especially bad
Conclusion: The Polar Express really feels like a soulless video game cash-in on the movie. Providing so little for the parental holiday dollar certainly isn't in the Christmas spirit the game purportedly teaches kids to cherish. No matter who you are, this is a train you'd be better off missing.
Excerpt: The Polar Express, the upcoming animation movie featuring the voice talents of, amongst others, Tom Hanks, is set to become this year's family film of choice for the holidays. It's got all the classic elements of a successful Christmas movie: snow, presents, the North Pole, adorable little children and, of course, Santa. But do all those ingredients translate into a good computer game? I'm afraid not... not this time anyway.