Movies made into games is like peanut butter and tuna combined, good when separated but when the two combine to take a movie into the gaming world it just doesn’t seem to produce the results that most would hope. Well now publisher Activision has teamed up with developers Amaze Entertainment to bring us the game interpretation of the movie Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events for the Xbox. Is this a game to take the movie games out of the trash or is this another unfortunate game. Read our review to find out!
For those of you who haven’t heard of the Lemony Snicket’s series, it’s actually a children’s series but not one you would expect. Similar to Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket’s is sort of a darker children’s book that doesn’t always have happy times. In the game you will be playing as the Baudelaire children, who had just recently lost their parents. You see now this puts them in the custody of their mad uncle Count Olaf. You see, this crazy uncle feels like it would be best if the children were not there and so the game begins.
Throughout this game you will be switching through three of the children, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny, all of which have a different skill and a different set of controls to work with. This was set in place to give gamers some gameplay variety while going through the game’s sixteen levels.
Violet is one who is more of the explorer/inventor who goes around trying to find objects in order to create new weapons. Klaus is the big guy who is basically the brawler of the three, having to take out many different enemies along the way. These portions of the game are pretty typical third person action sort of sequences, not involving a whole lot of strategy. And then finally we have the baby Sunny who partakes in by far the most enjoyable sequences of the game, going through 2D side scrolling levels reminding us of some of the great games of the past.
The controls of the game are generally solid, giving you a very easy game to just pick up and play. Although all three characters do control a little different, they all seem to work pretty well. The one downside to the controls is some of the camera problems that the game encounters, which does bring down the overall experience of the game.
You can see this game was made for a much younger crowd, as its overall lifespan is only about five hours, which is really not that much for a full priced game. The game does remain quite entertaining and does a great job of giving you a variety of different gameplay views throughout, but it was quite disappointing that they created such a short game. So when it is all said and done, what happens with Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is that you can see this is a game that was made for children and with that in mind this game ends up being a pretty respectable game.
Some of the hardest thing I think for developers to do is to create great visuals for a game that is based off a movie. They just never seem to be able to live up to the challenge. So is Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events a game that can break the mold?
From playing this game from start to finish I found that the developers really did a great job of making the fantasy world of the movie/books come alive in the video game. Although the graphics are nowhere near perfect, they do a great job of making you feel like you are in this fantasy world. The developers also did a great job with the environments, which also were quite impressive giving you quite a few different looks. The character models are where the visuals kind of stumble, giving us pretty lackluster character models, who lacks a lot of detail and color.
Overall Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is a good looking game but not great. It does just enough to make this fantasy world come alive in the video game.
Keeping in mind that this game was created more for the young, and the young at heart, the five hours of the game are actually quite enjoyable. The game does a great job of giving us quite a bit of variety in the gameplay as well as allowing us to really take part in this intriguing fantasy world. Although the game is quite short and is missing some much-needed replay value, it makes up for it with its solid visuals and entertaining gameplay.
This is a game that really does what it set out to do and that was making an enjoyable children’s game based of the movie Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. And for that you got to hand it to the developers because they did accomplish that goal. If you have a young one or even you enjoy the Lemony Snicket’s series you will enjoy this game.
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