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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Xbox
71
2.9
PlayStation 2
71
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GameCube
70
3.4

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Good, but it could've been a lot better. Windows blakegriplingph (178)

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GameCube 2 3.4
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Windows 4 3.7
Xbox 2 2.9
Combined MobyScore 8 3.4


The Press Says

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WindowsGameBoomers
If you are fortunate enough to belong to that ever growing gaggle of Adventure Gamers who own both a PC and a gaming console, and think you would enjoy this genre, I encourage you to do as I did and play both the PC and the Console versions, for while they are similar in look they are solidly singular in their approach. I highly recommend them both, and look forward to Mr. Snicket's next installment.
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PlayStation 2Edutaining Kids
The game is absorbing and clever, if a little short. It is fairly easy to play, making it just right for children approximately ages 9-12.
85
PlayStation 2GameZone
The debut of Lemony Snicket’s world of unpleasant adventure is delightful, and fans of the books, or of the upcoming movie, will likely find this quite an entertaining experience. Those simply looking for a good game that will treat both young and old may want to take a gander at this title.
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PlayStation 2Deaf Gamers
It's been a good year for games based on movies and A Series of Unfortunate Events can definitely go on the list of good games based on movies. It's gets the difficulty level just right for it's target audience and is an interesting game whether you've seen the movie or not. Of course if you have seen the movie it's going to make it all the more interesting but I'm pleased to say that it's not a requirement. As an action game it's probably not the best one you've come across but it is enjoyable and even if it had nothing to do with a movie, it would still be an appealing game which says a lot.
80
GameCubePGNx Media
Activision follows up with another solid movie-to-game adaptation. The game is based on the movie of the same name, which stars Jim Carrey and isn’t due for another month or so. The game, like the movie, is targeted to kids, and includes rather straightforward gameplay. Along the way you’ll find that there are a number of unfortunate events that mar the characters in the story.
80
XboxGameZone
The Lemony Snicket series of irreverent children’s books have been experiencing an insurgence in popularity recently, with the new film coming out based on the first book, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Now, in an effort to capitalize on the upcoming movie, Activision is releasing a game based on the upcoming movie that stars Jim Carrey. The game remains quite true to the subject matter of the books, following the film’s lead and bringing true life to the characters and the story. However, the gameplay is a bit on the light and simplistic side, which may appeal to younger fans of the books but not likely to impress more seasoned gamers.
79
XboxGame Chronicles
Before we get into the meat of this review let me save you some time and say, “If you have a child between the ages of 6 and 12 then you MUST play Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.” I’m not sure why this game is getting the mediocre reviews that it has been getting. I’m guessing we have a lot of jaded game reviewers out there who are swamped with holiday releases and they simply don’t have the time or desire to discover their inner child and immerse themselves in what is perhaps the best mix of entertainment and educational gameplay of 2004.
78
GameCubeGame Chronicles
Given the GameCube's penchant for kid-targeted games, this ranks right up there with the best. My only caveat has to do with the game’s length and lack of replay value combined with the steep price. This is certainly one game that every child should play, even if you have to rent it. I’m also betting that more than a few adults are going to get hooked on the simple old-school adventure gameplay that oozes with charm and a unique vision that mirrors the movie and the novels that inspired them both.
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PlayStation 2Game Chronicles
Each of the three Baudelaire children has their own particular methods of dealing with the Count’s machinations. Violet is a brilliant inventor and will create anything that the children might need in their adventures using only household materials and a bit of ribbon for her hair, she also hates rats. Klaus has an encyclopedic knowledge of encyclopedias as well as any other books he has ever read, he has a fear of spiders. Sunny… well Sunny bites things.
77
XboxGamersHell.com
Both the kids really liked the game and played it well past my endurance to observe. After they finally ran themselves down I took a spin through some of the game and found it to be a pleasant, if overly simple, adventure/platformer. Despite the presence of familiar characters and settings, it isn’t very true to the original story. It may well be closer to the story of the movie, which is what the game is actually based on. The kids I used were fans of the books, but were able to overlook the inconsistencies with the original and enjoy the game for what it is – a solid, if unremarkable, book to movie to game conversion. If your kids, like mine, can’t get enough of these Unfortunate Events, you could do a lot worse than sticking this game under the tree for them. It might not impress you, but they’ll enjoy it.
77
WindowsPGNx Media
Overall, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a good movie-to-game adaptation. The gameplay is pretty undemanding but fundamentally sound; the different characters manage the spice the game up a bit, as well. The game would be rated higher if the length was a touch longer; it clocks in at just over 5 hours. On the other hand, children should play for a considerable longer bit of time. The PC version of the game was changed for the worse; the console versions are recommended due to their more accurate control scheme and level variety.
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GameCubeNext Level Gaming
I know that movies are a chief source of video games these days, and every current movie's just about got to have one. But there still is a fine line between making it a great game, like a Spider-Man 2, and making it a mediocre game like Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Despite an interesting story and what should have been a solid puzzle solving game engine, it just turns out to be too easy and to be honest a little on the boring side for me. And I am not sure I can say this would be great for kids because it's not a happy game at all. I don't know, seems like a weekend rental if you're looking for a quick adventure game to tide you over for a couple days. It's not a game I would run out and buy.
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XboxNext Level Gaming
What have I always said about movie to game translations? They're either really really good, or really really bad. There have as of late though been one or two that have been maybe in the middle of those extremes. Enter the magic of Jim Carrey. Boy, where has his career gone these days? Personally, I really like Jim Carrey and even though some of his lesser quality movies were pretty funny; like The Cable Guy and the second Ace Ventura. But I can find a dozen people at any given time who think his movies haven't been that great, especially the ones I mentioned above. I always come back with "Well, at least he didn't have to do a movie about Toys, or play Popeye".
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PlayStation 2Next Level Gaming
The story of the game is a direct parallel to the storyline of the movie. And actually the movie is paralleled with a set of books called Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Lemony Snicket is an author who has been spending his life following and writing about the lives of three young children of the Baudelaire family. These stories written by Snicket aren't magical, they aren't lively, and they don't even have a happy beginning. These are not stories with flowers and funny characters. It is an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off playing some other game. In this game, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle. This is because not very many happy things happened in the lives of the three Baudelaire youngsters.
75
XboxJeuxvideo.com
Longtemps éclipsé par le phénomène Harry Potter, l'oeuvre de Lemony Snicket risque de connaître un nouvel essor avec la sortie du film et des jeux vidéo. L'aventure est étonnamment plaisante à jouer, et seul un manque de précision dans les phases d'action est à déplorer. Si comme moi vous n'aviez encore jamais entendu parler des Désastreuses Aventures Des Orphelins Baudelaire, le jeu risque fort de vous donner envie de parcourir les romans originaux.
75
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Longtemps éclipsé par le phénomène Harry Potter, l'oeuvre de Lemony Snicket risque de connaître un nouvel essor avec la sortie du film et des jeux vidéo. L'aventure est étonnamment plaisante à jouer, et seul un manque de précision dans les phases d'action est à déplorer. Si comme moi vous n'aviez encore jamais entendu parler des Désastreuses Aventures Des Orphelins Baudelaire, le jeu risque fort de vous donner envie de parcourir les romans originaux.
75
GameCubeJeuxvideo.com
Longtemps éclipsé par le phénomène Harry Potter, l'oeuvre de Lemony Snicket risque de connaître un nouvel essor avec la sortie du film et des jeux vidéo. L'aventure est étonnamment plaisante à jouer, et seul un manque de précision dans les phases d'action est à déplorer. Si comme moi vous n'aviez encore jamais entendu parler des Désastreuses Aventures Des Orphelins Baudelaire, le jeu risque fort de vous donner envie de parcourir les romans originaux.
75
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Longtemps éclipsé par le phénomène Harry Potter, l'oeuvre de Lemony Snicket risque de connaître un nouvel essor avec la sortie du film et des jeux vidéo. L'aventure est étonnamment plaisante à jouer, et seul un manque de précision dans les phases d'action est à déplorer. Si comme moi vous n'aviez encore jamais entendu parler des Désastreuses Aventures Des Orphelins Baudelaire, le jeu risque fort de vous donner envie de parcourir les romans originaux.
75
XboxDigital Entertainment News (den)
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are having a tough time. Not only has a mysterious fire destroyed their home and killed their parents, now they’ve been sent to live with their uncle, Count Olaf. As if his crazy hair wasn’t a dead giveaway, they soon learn that he is up to no good. It turns out that the reason he keeps having them do dangerous tasks is because he’s after their family fortune.
75
WindowsJust Adventure
This game though features the three Baudelaire orphans, each with their own skills. They are told mysteriously that they have been orphaned when a fire burns down their house. They are forced to live with their evil Uncle Olaf. Klaus, Violet, and Sunny the baby are each played in different scenes where their individual skills come into play. Violet creates inventions from everyday objects a la MacGyver. Klaus is the brains of the operation: his keen mind is suited to solving puzzles and riddles. Sunny, being a baby, can get into smaller spaces that the others can’t get to. She also has razor sharp teeth that seem able to bite through almost anything from ropes to wood and metal!
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PlayStation 2Fragland.net
Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events is a good game for kids or true fans of the movie. I only doubt it that this movie has a rich fan base. For real gamers this title is just a little bit too plain and simple.
72
WindowsAdventurearchiv
Lemony Snicket ist eher ein Jump-and-Run mit Adventureelementen als umgekehrt und damit im Archiv beinahe schon ein wenig deplaziert. Optisch und vom Spielprinzip ähnelt es sehr den Harry Potter-Spielen. Der anfangs sehr einfache Schwierigkeitsgrad der Action steigt stetig an und hinterher braucht man schon ein geschicktes Händchen und Geduld, um die Endgegner zu besiegen. Dabei empfand ich die kombinierte Maus/Tastatursteuerung als nicht unbedingt hilfreich. Die Grafik ist sehr solide und es macht Spaß, die Villa mit ihren Geheimräumen- und Gängen zu erkunden. Daher ist Lemony Snicket dennoch ziemlich unterhaltsam und für Spieler, die vor Action nicht zurückschrecken, eine kurzweilige Alternative für Zwischendurch.
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GameCube4Players.de
Activision hat Lemony Snickets Rätselhafte Ereignisse als einfach spielbaren und geradlinigen Abenteuer-Mix ordentlich auf PS2 und GameCube umgesetzt. Auf dem PC fühlt man sich hingegen trotz eigenständiger Spielabschnitte und Aufgaben in seiner Entscheidungsfreiheit ziemlich eingeengt und muss sich mit einer friemligen Maus-/Tastatursteuerung zufrieden geben. Die Linearität des Spiels dürfte zwar auch manchem Konsolero übel aufstoßen, doch wer sich an den simplen Rätseln, Kämpfen und Geschicklichkeitseinlagen sowie der recht kurzen Spielzeit nicht stört, wird mit einem skurrilen Ambiente, originellen Gadgets und authentischer Soundkulisse samt Original-Stimmen belohnt. Jüngere und ungeübte Spieler, die die Ereignisse des Films zuhause nochmals aktiv nacherleben wollen, werden jedenfalls angemessen bedient. Allerdings solltet ihr trotz unerklärlich strikterer Altersfreigabe auf jeden Fall zu einer der Konsolenfassungen greifen.
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PlayStation 24Players.de
Activision hat Lemony Snickets Rätselhafte Ereignisse als einfach spielbaren und geradlinigen Abenteuer-Mix ordentlich auf PS2 und GameCube umgesetzt. Auf dem PC fühlt man sich hingegen trotz eigenständiger Spielabschnitte und Aufgaben in seiner Entscheidungsfreiheit ziemlich eingeengt und muss sich mit einer friemligen Maus-/Tastatursteuerung zufrieden geben. Die Linearität des Spiels dürfte zwar auch manchem Konsolero übel aufstoßen, doch wer sich an den simplen Rätseln, Kämpfen und Geschicklichkeitseinlagen sowie der recht kurzen Spielzeit nicht stört, wird mit einem skurrilen Ambiente, originellen Gadgets und authentischer Soundkulisse samt Original-Stimmen belohnt. Jüngere und ungeübte Spieler, die die Ereignisse des Films zuhause nochmals aktiv nacherleben wollen, werden jedenfalls angemessen bedient. Allerdings solltet ihr trotz unerklärlich strikterer Altersfreigabe auf jeden Fall zu einer der Konsolenfassungen greifen.
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WindowsPC Action
Lemony Snicket: Rätselhafte Ereignisse ist vergleichbar mit dem Idealbild einer Frau: unkompliziert, anspruchslos und optisch überzeugend. Genau wie die in den USA erfolgreiche Buchreihe richtet sich die Thematik eher an sechs- bis zwölfjährige Zockerlehrlinge. Aufgepasst! Ähnlich wie bei der Filmumsetzung zu Spider-Man 2 bieten die Konsolenfassungen deutlich mehr spielerische Tiefe. Optik oder Anspruch - Sie haben die Wahl.
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WindowsPC Powerplay
Trotz aller Pluspunkte ist Lemony Snicket vor allem ein Spiel für die jüngere Generation. Die stört sich nicht weiter am simplen Spielablauf und ist länger auf der Flucht vor Onkel Olaf. Erfahrene Spieler sind ihm nämlich nach knapp fünf Stunden entkommen.
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GameCubeIGN
If you're searching for a video game that ends happily ever after, look somewhere else. The tale of the Baudelaire children is not for optimists, dreamers, or those who like everything wrapped up in a nice little bow. Instead, the three orphaned stars of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events find heartache, death, and madness wherever they turn. Each good moment is met with three bad, every well-meaning friend defeated by a sinister villain.
71
XboxIGN
If you're searching for a video game that ends happily ever after, look somewhere else. The tale of the Baudelaire children is not for optimists, dreamers, or those who like everything wrapped up in a nice little bow. Instead, the three orphaned stars of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events find heartache, death, and madness wherever they turn. Each good moment is met with three bad, every well-meaning friend defeated by a sinister villain. This is the tale of the most unfortunate orphans to ever grace a children's novel. For a few hours, you can partake in their misery as Violet (the inventor), Klaus (the bookworm), and Sunny (the baby) attempt to outwit and outlast their demonic uncle, Count Olaf.
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PlayStation 2IGN
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a faithful rendition of the books and should please young fans. The gameplay at times feels a bit too dumbed down, but is overall an excellent example of what can be done with a game designed specifically for children. Older fans of the books may just want to rent this one, as it's an easy game for adults, lasting only 4-5 hours. Kids, however, may find a bit more challenge in some elements. If a few more puzzles were added to actually challenge young minds, this would be a real winner. As is, Unfortunate Events is a good, but not great game that does more right than wrong.
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GameCubeGlide Underground
Overall, the game is well designed for its audience, but I would have to advise that players above the age of approximately 12 will not find it very appealing. If you're a parent whose child loves the books, the game is probably a good choice.
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PlayStation 2Glide Underground
Overall, the game is well designed for its audience, but I would have to advise that players above the age of approximately 12 will not find it very appealing. If you're a parent whose child loves the books, the game is probably a good choice.
70
XboxGlide Underground
Overall, the game is well designed for its audience, but I would have to advise that players above the age of approximately 12 will not find it very appealing. If you're a parent whose child loves the books, the game is probably a good choice.
70
WindowsGlide Underground
Overall, the game is well designed for its audience, but I would have to advise that players above the age of approximately 12 will not find it very appealing. If you're a parent whose child loves the books, the game is probably a good choice.
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XboxDaily Game
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is based on a movie, which is based on a series of books, yet despite the separation follows the original material somewhat faithfully. As such, the game is squarely aimed at children who are fans of the series, but those who aren’t fans may want to find a more enjoyable game to play.
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GameCubeWorth Playing
On the whole, this is a pretty good start for the series. Inevitably, there will be more Lemony Snicket based movies, and of course, there will be tie-in games. If they build off the base they've got going here, those could be pretty fun in their own right, but this is really best left to die-hard fans to play through.
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GameCubeGameZone
However, that does not mean that you should write it off entirely. It's short and easy, meaning you can beat it very quickly. That's not appealing at all, but the story is. If you just can't wait to see how filmmakers adapted this classic novel for the big screen, play this game. Most every rentailer in the country will have it. And since it's a lower-profile game, you don't have to worry about it being checked out for weeks at a time.
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XboxTeamXbox
Activision’s newest title, Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events, takes the tradition of releasing a videogame based on a movie, and adds a twist to it. Instead of simply being a movie tie-in release, Lemony Snicket is a game, based off of a movie, which is based on a set of children’s books. How is that for branching out into a new medium?
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WindowsGameZone
The popular children's series of books "A Series of Unfortunate Events", is coming to the theater soon in the form of a movie based on the first few in the series, and Activision, in partnership with DreamWorks, Paramount and Nickelodeon, has published a game based on the movie for the Xbox, PS2, GameCube, GBA and PC, all of which have been developed by Amaze Entertainment. The console versions are pretty similar across the board (not sure about the GBA version), but the PC version is a little different in terms of gameplay, even though the story elements are the same.
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WindowsIGN
This is the second time Activision has taken a successful console game based on a popular movie license and pretty much wrecked it in the translation to the PC. It's not that I think the console version of Lemony Snicket is all that great, mind you, but it is definitely better than the PC version.
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PlayStation 2Worth Playing
A Series of Unfortunate Events is a game meant for children and fans of the books and movies; it is not for gamers. Hardly any thinking is needed. The level designs are somewhat inventive, especially where Violet is involved, but mostly they feel like the developers talking down to their audence. The gameplay feels almost condescending to the youth of today. Fans of the movie will love this, however, as long as they can get past some of the more glaring inconsistencies.
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Windows4Players.de
Activision hat Lemony Snickets Rätselhafte Ereignisse als einfach spielbaren und geradlinigen Abenteuer-Mix ordentlich auf PS2 und GameCube umgesetzt. Auf dem PC fühlt man sich hingegen trotz eigenständiger Spielabschnitte und Aufgaben in seiner Entscheidungsfreiheit ziemlich eingeengt und muss sich mit einer friemligen Maus-/Tastatursteuerung zufrieden geben. Die Linearität des Spiels dürfte zwar auch manchem Konsolero übel aufstoßen, doch wer sich an den simplen Rätseln, Kämpfen und Geschicklichkeitseinlagen sowie der recht kurzen Spielzeit nicht stört, wird mit einem skurrilen Ambiente, originellen Gadgets und authentischer Soundkulisse samt Original-Stimmen belohnt. Jüngere und ungeübte Spieler, die die Ereignisse des Films zuhause nochmals aktiv nacherleben wollen, werden jedenfalls angemessen bedient. Allerdings solltet ihr trotz unerklärlich strikterer Altersfreigabe auf jeden Fall zu einer der Konsolenfassungen greifen.
63
WindowsGame Chronicles
Activision seems to have a tendency to take a great console game and screw it up for the PC. Much like Spider-Man 2, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events featured a sound game design on the console, so why tinker with something that isn’t broke? I had just finished playing the Xbox and GameCube versions of this game before tackling the PC version, so the changes were probably more pronounced for me than those who might just play the PC version and never see the (better) console games.
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PlayStation 2Digital Entertainment News (den)
When all is said and done, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is rather – unfortunate. While the game play is solid and could have been to basis for a memorable movie adaptation game on par with EA’s Harry Potter offerings, drab, ho-hum graphics and lackluster vocal work really detract from the overall enjoyment that can be drawn from the game. Maybe Jim Carrey and folks were having a bad day when they hit the sound booth for this one, but the real loser here is the end user; while the flaws may not bother the extremely young, older gamers may end up having to enjoy the game despite its flaws.
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WindowsWorth Playing
Oh, those poor Baudelaire children. Life in general has taken sour turn after sour turn, leaving them in a pit of misery with no end in sight. Fire, earthquake, flood and hurricane have all sought them out and demolished their lives. Add on top of that a game that, like their existence, only holds fleeting pleasure before disappearing like so many unsuspecting relatives.
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WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is een pover spel geworden waar alleen de allerkleinsten nog iets aan zullen hebben.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Lemony Snicket ist wie ein verschossener Elfmeter: Aus den Jugendromanen und dem Kinofilm als Vorlage hätten die Entwickler ein tolles Action-Adventure machen können. Das Potenzial blitzt lediglich auf, wenn der von Jim Carreys deutscher Stimme vertonte Graf Olaf Teufeleien ausheckt oder man eins der wenigen interessanten Rätsel knackt. -So bleibt ein zu linearer Harry Potter-Abklatsch ohne Atmosphäre. Emotionslose Protagonisten, die selbst den Tod der Eltern ohne Regung hinnehmen, ersticken jede Stimmung im Keim.
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PlayStation 2Boomtown
Games based on films (aka, film tie-ins) haven’t got the best of track records. More often than not they suffer from a serious lack of imagination. Lemony Snicket’s: ‘A series of unfortunate events’ didn’t yield us many good omens in our pre-game search for signs of potential.
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PlayStation 2Game Freaks 365
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is an example of what can go horribly wrong when developers decide to take a lazy route of rehashing boss fights, game concepts, and collecting in the same game. The Time Crisis-like mini-game later on at the harbor town and other moderately well-done elements can't salvage what can be described as nothing short of an enormous letdown.
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XboxGame Freaks 365
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is an example of what can go horribly wrong when developers decide to take a lazy route of rehashing boss fights, game concepts, and collecting in the same game. The Time Crisis-like mini-game later on at the harbor town and other moderately well-done elements can't salvage what can be described as nothing short of an enormous letdown.
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GameCubeGame Freaks 365
The most unfortunate thing about Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is that it was developed in the first place. Activision released in the fall of 2004 a game for one of the least appealing movie properties, a game with a more depressing storyline than 30 minutes of the Evening News - or even worse, MTV. This is one children's game that should have a "keep out of reach of children" label on it.
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WindowsUOL Jogos
"Lemony Snicket" tenta ser um game voltado aos mais jovens com seu desafio baixo, mas o resultado é um game simples e repetitivo, com um controle complexo demais para iniciantes. O melhor aspecto, sua narrativa, só pode ser aproveitado por pessoas com amplo domínio do inglês.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Wie entsteht ein schlechtes Action-Adventure? Ganz einfach: Man mische detailarme Grafik, doofe Gegner, schwammige Steuerung und simple Rätsel. Damit es sich verkauft, würze man den Einheitsbrei mit einer Filmlizenz samt Original-Stimmen. Und voilà, fertig ist Lemony Snicket.