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.
Excerpt: The Spiderwick Chronicles , from developer Stormfront Studios and publisher Sierra Entertainment, is one of those games that’s tough to review. It’s not particularly novel or interesting, it’s not particularly good or bad, and it’s not particularly memorable. It’s one of those games where you play it and say, “eh, ok” and then move on to the next game.
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.
Conclusion: The game is meant primarily for children. For a movie based game it offers a fairly decent gaming experience and doesn’t disappoint. It does have some problems and once the Field Guide is completed there is little much left to do. Older gamers will get bored of the game before the end, but if you are shopping for a younger audience or fan of the books, don’t pass it up simply because of its movie tie-in status.
Summary: If you’re a fan of the books or the movie, this game is worth a rental. However, don’t purchase this game unless you have a child with a great attention span that really likes “The Spiderwick Chronicles”. It’s too short and has no replay value, thus making the $50 price tag way too high.
Pros: -Graphics are pretty good., -Musical score is amazing., -Story is taken straight from the movie., -Good amount of length., -Wonderfully simple control scheme.
Cons: -Combat is extremely repetitive., -Way too easy., -Power upgrades don’t really do anything new., -Too expensive.