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The Da Vinci Code (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
2.3
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.5
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.4
Overall MobyScore (13 votes) 2.3


The Press Says

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Adventure Classic Gaming
While The Da Vinci Code may not be as deep as Gabriel Knight 3: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned Blood, I still recommend this title strongly to anyone who loves this style of adventure games. However, I also recommend to most players to take advantage of the built-in cheat codes to bypass the fight scenes; otherwise, the game is almost unbearably dull and maddeningly difficult. All in all, The Da Vinci Code is a fine game and well worth your attention—even if you have no plans to read the book or see the movie.
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PC Powerplay
Ich kenne weder Film noch Buch - mich hat die spannende Geschichte also über einige Schwächen hinweggetröstet. Das Speicherpunktsystem etwa, das in einem Adventure fehl am Platze ist. Oder frustrierende Kampfeinlagen. Von solchen Schönheitsfehlern abgesehen, war ich angenehm überrascht - ein solch runder Mix aus Action und Rätseln ist mir bis jetzt noch nicht untergekommen. Nachteil: Wenn Sie nur eines der beiden Elemente wirklich mögen, ist The Da Vinci Code aber vermutlich nichts für Sie.
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Gamernode
The game is not an "action" game in the strictest sense of the word, but does provide a suspenseful, though sometimes plodding, approach to the adventure game genre. Addicts of gut-wrenching, adrenaline spiked shooters will most likely shun this game like the plague. But the game is not meant to be a seat-of-your-pants action thriller, but a different kind of game in which wits and logic prevail over bullets and guns. The storyline is engaging and will keep puzzle lovers, and mystery-detective novel fans happy with delight. The Da Vinci Code will have the greatest appeal, ironically, to those who have not read the book or seen the movie, as a strong familiarization with Dan Brown,s work may actually detract from the gaming experience. For those who are familiar with Brown,s work, an open mind, patience and a love of puzzles may offer a surprisingly satisfying experience.
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Fragland.net
For the fans and collectors. The others will probably be too much annoyed by the mistakes that are still in this game. I'm sure this would have been a hit if more time had gone into it.
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PC Action
Wenn man The Da Vinci Code: Sakrileg nüchtern betrachtet, ist es ein ordentliches Adventure: Akzeptable Grafik, bekannte Synchronsprecher, viele und motivierende Rätsel. Natürlich gibt es wie in jedem anständigen Abenteuer-Titel Stellen, an denen ich in die Tastatur beißen will. Die feinen Kampfszenen machen dies aber wett. Und wer den leicht konfusen Film oder die Buchvorlage leiden kann, darf ohne Bedenken beim virtuellen Sakrileg zugreifen.
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GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Als je een liefhebber bent van adventures, zal je zeker plezier beleven aan The Da Vinci Code. Als je het boek hebt gelezen en de film hebt gezien, en je krijgt maar geen genoeg van het verhaal, dan zal je het leuk vinden om via dit spel het mysterie eens een keertje zelf op te lossen.
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GameSpot
It may sound like a terrible idea, but Dan Brown's ubiquitous novel The Da Vinci Code has been successfully translated and adapted to a video game. And, believe it or not, the results are not all that bad. In fact, The Da Vinci Code game offers a challenging and varied gameplay experience that will satisfy the amateur cryptographer in everyone. However, the game is brought down by supbar production values and a dialogue-heavy story that has a tendency to drag at times.
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Gamesmania
Je tiefer die Verwertungskette, desto schlechter die Qualität. Nach dem guten Buch und dem annehmbaren Film folgt mit dem Spiel der Tiefpunkt. The Da Vinci Code – Sakrileg ist leider das von mir befürchtet lieblose Lizenzspiel geworden, dem man an allen Ecken anmerkt, dass die Entwicklungszeit knapp war und die teure Lizenz keine großen Freiheiten zugelassen hat. Meiner Meinung hätte das Spiel als klassisches Adventure im Stil von Black Mirror trotzdem hervorragend funktionieren können. Viele der Rätsel sind durchaus anspruchsvoll und interessant, doch der Actionpart ist aufgrund der undynamischen Kämpfe dermaßen misslungen, dass man sich mehr durch das Spiel quält. Da auch die Technik alles andere als überzeugend ist, wie etwa die viel zu dunkle Grafik, die dicken schwarzen Balken oben und unten am Bildschirm und die katastrophale Steuerung der PC-Version, dürfte auch der größte Dan Brown-Fan sein Geld lieber für den nächsten Roman sparen.
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PC Games (Germany)
Das Spiel zum Film zum Buch ist fertig. Anspruchsvolle Computerspieler lässt es kalt. Noch ist die Bibel das meistgelesene Buch, doch Sakrileg, ein vergnügt übertriebener Roman nach Thriller-Zubereitung, holt auf. 50 Millionen haben Dan Browns Werk wenn nicht gelesen so doch gekauft, und im Windschatten des Films versucht sich das Spiel als Umsetzung.
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UOL Jogos
"The Da Vinci Code" é um daqueles pálidos games que acompanham uma superprodução cinematográfica. Feito sem tempo suficiente, traz problemas com controles, visão de câmera e principalmente na mecânica de combate, a ponto de diminuir seus dois únicos trunfos: a investigação e os quebra-cabeças. Quem gosta desta parte mais cerebral - e provavelmente é fã do livro - potencialmente terá boas horas de desafio e diversão, mas não sem ficar decepcionado com combates que são uma verdadeira perda de tempo.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
De puzzels, muziek en het verhaal houden dit spel uit de goot, maar dit is zeker geen topper.
60
Quandary
Creating a game for everyone is sure to have its pitfalls and The Da Vinci Code has fallen foul of them. I suspect that action fans won't be overly impressed by the prescribed follow-the-leader fighting system, and it's sure to frustrate adventure fans ... remember the cheats and it's quite playable. It is fascinating visiting so many intriguing locations, and there's some puzzling fun to be had. Those new to computer games who are tempted to try it thinking it will place them at the heart of the story they enjoyed in other media will likely be quite surprised by the amount of combat. It remains to be seen if they will embrace this game.
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Adventure Gamers
I'm going to go way out on a limb here and guess that you've heard of The Da Vinci Code by now, perhaps even experiencing it for yourself in one medium or another. Okay, so maybe that's not such a stretch. Judging from the phenomenal sales numbers of Dan Brown's novel, even some secluded Aboriginal tribes have ordered a copy. This despite the fact that it's now become fashionable to bash the book as the lowest form of pop culture schlock. If you're one of the eight people who still hasn't read it, perhaps you've crammed yourself into a ridiculously packed theater to see the recent movie, which has been mercilessly panned as uninspired dreck by most film critics. (Are we seeing a pattern here?) Now the new actio… uhh, I mean… adventure(ish) game is upon us to complete The Da Vinci Code trifecta, and while it proves a generally entertaining ride that may enjoy the same commercial success as its predecessors, it's unable to avoid some critical pitfalls of its own along the way.
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GameStar (Germany)
Da Vinci Code ist ein Paradebeispiel dafür, was passiert, wenn eine teure Lizenz von einer Marketingabteilung verwurstet wird. Die hat von Spielen zwar keine Ahnung, dafür zückt sie Listen mit den gerade "angesagtesten" Spielkonzepten, die unter Zeitdruck zu einem Brei verquirlt werden. Zum Schluss ist dann keiner glücklich: Adventure-Freunde schleichen nicht unbedingt gern. Actionballerer wollen keine langatmigen Tüftelpassagen, die obendrein auch noch total langweilig sind. Wer die Story noch nicht kennt, sollte das spannende Buch lesen.Das Spiel taugt nicht mal als Lesezeichen.
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Absolute Games (AG.ru)
The Da Vinci Code ввергает в апатию. Неудобоваримую солянку из скучных задачек и столь же унылых рукопашных боев слабо подгоняет порезанная история. Действующие лица, растерявшие всякую индивидуальность и эмоции (сухонькая сцена в финале никак не вяжется с книжной концовкой), лишены даже надлежащей озвучки. Тоска просачивается сквозь каждую сюжетную дыру, а совсем странная задумка со сбором "изобретений Леонардо", рассованных по щелям и приоткрывающих бонусные уровни (да-да, все с теми же "пятнашками" и шифрами), кажется издевательством. Сесил, Ричардс, вы ли это? Здесь нет и следа от эпического Beneath a Steel Sky или безумного Starship Titanic. Сухо, плоско и бесцветно.
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Gameguru Mania
In the end, the Da Vinci Code is a good puzzle game with a bad movie game added to it. Unless you're a die-hard Da Vinci Code fan, I would not recommend this game.
50
Jeuxvideo.com
Phénomène de société à sa sortie en librairie, Da Vinci Code finira donc sa carrière en jeu très moyen. La réalisation graphique franchement dépassée associée à un gameplay creux et sans âme pénalisent le titre pour le rendre à l'image du film : loin d'exploiter son potentiel maximum.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
That the expectations were so low in the first place may have contributed to the pleasant surprise that it wasn't quite as stone-cold awful as I'd imagined, yet, it's far from perfect either. The Collective appears to have over-egged the pudding a little, putting far too much needless emphasis on repetitive and increasingly tedious action elements to the detriment of the already unpolished adventuring. In trying to fulfil the needs of what gamers want as well as Da Vinci Code fans, The Collective has ended up with a game that ultimately proves only half satisfying to either and great to none.
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Game Freaks 365
All in all, I was a big fan of the book and I liked the movie as well, but the game suffers from poor combat and the occasional instance where you know what to do in a specific room (in one it’s as easy as sliding through a vent), but you have to do something else first to satisfy the game. This game is more annoying than it is fun. It has long load times, dull graphics and none of the voice actors are from the movie. Go out and buy the book instead.
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IGN
As a videogame, The Da Vinci Code captures a fraction of the intrigue from the best-selling novel. It weaves an interesting tale of conspiracy and corruption, but the gameplay simply doesn't back it up. It doesn't offer enough puzzle variety for serious adventure fans, and the combat will irritate or bore most action aficionados. Sure, a few of the puzzles work well, but in the end it just doesn't amount to much.
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PC Gamer
Here's the thing about a game based on a mystery novel that's sold 40 million copies worldwide (by one account, more than any other fictional work in U.S. history): If you've already read the book, then why would you want to play the game? And if you haven't read the book by now, chances are you're not interested in the first place. By adhering so closely to the book, The Da Vinci Code game runs the risk of boring everyone.
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Games Radar
The actors (not from the film cast) sound utterly bored throughout their lengthy speeches; the only thing that trumps the highly questionable French accents is a guy who actually says "woof woof" on behalf of a virtual dog. Once it gets going, the puzzles make it palatable, but the undercooked Da Vinci Code certainly had more potential than it actually delivers. Only the most desperate adventure gamers will even want to bother.
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JeuxVideoPC.com
Après le best seller de Dan Brown plébiscité par des millions de lecteurs de par le monde et le remue-ménage qu’il a fait, il était trop tentant pour Columbia d’en faire une adaptation cinématographique. Ce qui était moins prévisible fut la médiocrité de ce film, hué par les spectateurs à Cannes et descendu par la presse - notamment par un journaliste connu, qui s'est fait fort d'affirmer que c’était de loin « la plus mauvaise adaptation qu’il avait jamais vu de sa vie ». Après ces critiques, en voyant le jeu vidéo éponyme arborer le logo de Columbia, on ne peur qu'être circonspect et se demander si le jeu sera, lui, à la hauteur. D’autant qu’on nous promet des énigmes ne figurant ni dans le livre, ni dans le film.