Summary: Parents need to know that violence is a part of this game's play. You must bash goblins with bats, stab them with swords, or squirt them with burning juice until they bleed green blood and fade away. Even more intense are the "boss battles" with Redcap, the leader of the goblins, and Malgarath, the scary-looking ogre. When playing with the Wii, you make the bashing motion while holding the Wii remote so you feel like you are whacking them to death.
Summary: Plunge deep into a fantasy world full of mystical creatures when you join the Grace children on their quest to discover the secrets of The Spiderwick Chronicles. Based on Paramount Pictures’ movie adaptation of the book series, the video game lets players take on the roles of Jared, Simon and Mallory Grace as they enter the hidden world of the unseen.
Summary: The Spiderwick Chronicles will not make your inner child throw itself on the ground screaming, or cause your outer adult to turn an even more bitter shade of jade. Indeed, the game manages to relate the movie's plot effectively, has a brisk pace, and is never particularly odious to play.
Pros: You savagely kill things with a baseball bat, Much of the excellent source material is represented, The house looks good
Cons: The platforming is all handled for you, Combat is mostly a one-button affair, Voice work is always unnatural and occasionally broken, You spend most of the game playing fetch
Excerpt: Mediocrity must be lurking nearby. My spideywick sense is tingling. In The Spiderwick Chronicles , expect to catch lots of fairies and wallop goblins endlessly. If the idea of hunting “fairies” rings of homophobia, so too might the idea of hitting little pink creatures with a baseball bat. If this sounds at all appealing to you, perhaps its time for some cultural sensitivity training from Cho Aniki .
Excerpt: Leur monde est plus proche que vous ne le croyez ! Lorsqu'ils emménagent dans la maison de leur grand tante, Jared, Simon et Mallory sont loin de s'imaginer l'aventure dans laquelle ils vont être entraînée et le secret qu'ils vont découvrir sur les mystérieuses créatures magiques qui...