Reviews and Problems with The Spiderwick Chronicles
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The Spiderwick Chronicles
6 October 2011
Conclusion: Spiderwick Chronicles is one of the best titles aimed at children I’ve had the fortune to play, probably since Toy Story way back on the PlayStation. Thanks to having a younger reviewer alongside me, it gave me a good perspective of how easy/difficult the game can be. To strike the balance Sierra perhaps need to be careful with how the difficulty factor is applied and keep this consistent.
Excerpt: Perhaps 98% (yes I just plucked that number out of the air, but it sounds about right) of movie licences are crafted with little love and respect for the licence, are usually cobbled together, derivative, and just exist to make a few pounds, dollars (or whatever funny name your currency has) off the back of a lucrative movie.
Conclusion: It even changes based on context, in the middle of a battle with the goblins it gets more dramatic, when simply running around it's very light. This is not exactly an innovative feature but at least it's present. Finally the graphics. Awful. As the game was developed for DS, PC, Wii, PS2 and 360, it feels like the graphics would be good on the DS perhaps and that was the best they bothered to develop.
Conclusion: The Spiderwick Chronicles is a relatively rare example of a video game based on a film that manages to operate with in the confines of the film’s structure, all the while providing a moderately entertaining gameplay experience not far removed from a game benefiting from a longer production schedule to complete.
Pros: Exploration is extensive, Follows movie story closely, Puzzles a decent diversion
Cons: Repetitiveness in combat and puzzles, Thimbletack's controls are "off"
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/Nickelodeon Films’ 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.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Licensed movie games do not have a memorable track record with gamers worldwide. Publishers keep coming up with them for a reason though. That reason is simple, people keep buying them! Games such as Shrek the third, Cars and The Bee Movie sold more than BioShock, Mass effect and NBA 2k8 last year.
Conclusion: Exactly what the world has come to expect from a movie tie-in game and the fact it has been aimed squarely at kids makes matters worse as the difficulty level never rises above sleepwalking. Play it for points if you must or to distract an errant sibling but there is really no other reason to recommend this game.
Excerpt: Kids will believe anything – that there’s an oversized man in red pyjamas who breaks into your house through your chimney to leave you gifts in exchange for food; that pulling your eyes to the back of your head could become permanent if the wind changes direction; to thinking that the dentist is Satan re-incarnate, hell bent on making your life as miserable as possible.