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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is an impressive game and as far as film tie-in games go it’s one of the better ones out there, but there are certain things that hold it back from being anything more than just another tie-in. If the game was a simple 2D platformer without all of the game style changes, it would have been a much more impressive game. As it stands, the changes in style (something which in theory should have helped the game flow by keeping things interesting) just serves to take a player, who may have been immersed in the story and gameplay, out of the game and back to the real world. Not something that you really want happening.
For what it is, The Adventures of Tintin does what most movie related games can't. It makes adventuring with the film's characters fun and enjoyable and is in no way a train wreck. The game is definitely not for hardcore gamer folk, but it is a great way for families to get their kids into video games. Be thankful there are games like this that children can grow up with rather than Ironman the game. This is how a movie tie-in should be handled, other developers take note.
Given past experience, you might be forgiven for imagining this would be better titled The Adventures of Tintin: The Curse of the Licensed Game, but Ubisoft Montpellier have dodged that particular bullet with some style. While perhaps not a game for the ages, The Secret of the Unicorn is charming, generous and fun, and in that respect captures the spirit of the character perfectly.
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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn isn’t a bad game, but it never makes the most of its source material or pushes itself far enough. The platforming which makes up the majority of the experience is actually pretty good, but the brief length, easy difficulty and puzzling deviations from the film all take away from the game and leave it feeling underwhelming. I imagine that younger fans of the famous Belgian reporter might actually enjoy the experience despite its shortcomings. Everyone else – and that includes even the staunchest Hergé fan – would be better off revisiting the film or reading the comic books.
If you're not a fan of the fiction, though, or you don't have younger children who might appreciate simplicity, there's little incentive to play The Adventures of Tintin. It's boring. You can sit back and coast through it without even thinking, and the somewhat interesting story is little compensation. Repetitive levels and overly simple puzzles just add to the game's troubles. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is another game to add to the pile of movie tie-in games that missed that mark, and it's a failed opportunity to do something great with a well-loved character.
Si en soi, Tintin : Le Secret de la Licorne n'est pas un si mauvais jeu, on se demande constamment à qui il se destine. En effet, d'un côté, on le trouvera sans intérêt passé un certain âge tant le tout est redondant et de l'autre, certains passages pourront poser problème à nos chères têtes blondes. De plus, avec certains aspects du gameplay à l'état embryonnaire et une construction reposant sur des mécanismes tournant constamment en boucle, Tintin aura bien du mal à trouver son public malgré quelques bonnes idées et une ambiance bon enfant.
On attendait peut-être un peu trop de ce jeu basé sur un film épatant ; Les Aventures de Tintin : Le Secret de la Licorne est un titre riche d'idées mais qui n'a pas eu assez d'ambition (ou de moyens) pour les réaliser pleinement. Varié mais répétitif et court, doté d'un style certain mais plombé par une technique assez pauvre, le jeu d'Ubisoft ne convainc véritablement que dans un mode totalement détaché de l'histoire principale qu'il n'aurait pas été honteux de vendre en stand-alone sur le PlayStation Store. Au prix fort, la pilule aura plus de mal à passer, même pour les joueurs novices qui apprécieront la simplicité du titre.