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The Spiderwick Chronicles (Windows)

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75
IGN
The Spiderwick Chronicles recreates that feeling of being a kid and suspending your disbelief in fantasy. Much of this success in setting a mood and creating an intriguing world to explore is attributable to Holly Black's original books. But I have to give credit to developer Stormfront for creating a fun game to go inside the Spiderwick license. The graphics aren't much to look at and the game can become frustrating at times. But there is a big area to delve into, the music is great, and there is a lot of gameplay variety. There's something new to find around every corner, and that's something I can't say about enough games. The Chronicles could get younger players hooked on adventure gaming.
72
Cheat Code Central
In conclusion, The Spiderwick Chronicles is a more than decent game that will generally appeal to the younger ones. If you haven't watched the movie, you might feel a bit lost sometimes trying to follow the story. On the other hand, the quest log is very helpful and helps players stay focused on the game's multiple goals. The game is not spectacular but looks and plays well enough to keep the players entertained, and it doesn't entail much frustration, unlike other games of the family action / adventure genre.
71
4Players.de
Die Geheimnisse der Spiderwicks ist eine ungewohnt charmant präsentierte und gut spielbare Filmumsetzung für junge Fantasy-Fans ab schätzungsweise acht Jahren - lasst euch von der USK 12-Freigabe nicht abschrecken! Geübte Spieler sind bis auf einige optionale Nebenaufgaben trotz drei jederzeit änderbarer Schwierigkeitsgrade jedoch hoffnungslos unterfordert, während der an sich simple, aber extrem hakelige Endkampf eine Zumutung für jedes Alter darstellt. Auch der geringe Umfang, die überschaubare Spielwelt und die geringe Gegnervielfalt zehren unnötig am Spielspaß. Davon abgesehen werdet ihr jedoch meist liebevoll unterhalten, geht mit vier verschiedenen Protagonisten auf phantastische Entdeckungsreise, löst einfach gehaltene Rätsel und Geschicklichkeitsaufgaben und freut euch über die ordentliche deutsche Lokalisierung.
70
Gamesmania
Die Spiderwicks sind glücklicherweise keine Spielumsetzung eines Films, um die ein großer Bogen gemacht werden sollte. Fans der Bücher oder des Films, werden mit dem Spiel vermutlich ihren Spaß haben. In erster Linie richtet sich das Spiel jedoch an Kinder und denen dürften die Spiderwicks sicherlich ein paar vergnügte Stunden bereiten. Insbesondere nachdem der Film im Kino gesehen wurde, werden die jüngeren Spieler Spaß daran haben, das ganze nachzuspielen. Die USK Freigabe ab 12 dürfte mit dem zerstören der Monster durch einen Baseballschläger zu erklären sein. Eigentlich schade, denn das Gameplay würde sich garantiert auch für jüngere Spieler eignen. Kinder dürften über die Clipping-Fehler hinweg sehen und auch die kurze Spielzeit dürfte für ein Grundschulkind kein wirklicher Nachteil sein. Erwachsene sollten von unserer Wertung fünf bis sechs Punkte abziehen.
70
Game Over Online
And so it’s difficult to recommend The Spiderwick Chronicles. It’s not an awful game, but it’s nowhere near a good game either. It took me about seven hours to complete the main parts of the game and get my field guide to 74% complete. Supposedly, if you finish all of the optional quests and get the guide to 100%, then you get a bonus feature or an extra ending or something like that, but I couldn’t muster the enthusiasm to try for it, and that pretty much sums up my feelings for the game.
65
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Милая игра для учеников начальной и средней школы.
60
Gamers' Temple, The
The final recommendation on this game is the same as it always is for games like these: Spiderwick Chronicles is best left to the true fans of the book or movie.
60
USA Today
The bottom line is that this is an average movie tie-in game. Kids will spend a lot of time fighting their way through this magical but somewhat scary world.
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GameStar (Germany)
Eine anspruchslose, aber mitunter niedliche Filmumsetzung.
57
Game Chronicles
Spiderwick Chronicles does offer a few hours of enjoyment, but I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone over the age of 13. The gameplay should have been a lot more free form considering the nature of the adventure movie on which it's based. If your child is a rabid Spiderwick fan this game would be a decent purchase, but I would still recommend a console version. Adults and casual Spiderwick fans should stay far away.
55
Jeuxvideo.com
Mélange des genres superficiel, ces Chroniques de Spiderwick pour PC ne parviennent jamais à captiver réellement l'attention du joueur. Entre un système de combat ultra basique et des quêtes répétitives, il faudra vraiment avoir apprécié le film pour leur trouver un intérêt.
55
GameZone
The Spiderwick Chronicles won’t appeal to anyone that is out of their teens – this is primarily aimed at the younger crowd, the fans of the film, and devotees of the books. Look elsewhere to spend your money if you aren’t a part of those three groups.
42
Game Revolution
Regardless of what my girlfriend says, I’m not actually a pre-adolescent boy. And though this game is obviously targeted at the pre-teen set, my inner ten-year old remains uninspired. I was surprised at how simple and fun the fairy collection was, but the combat mechanics are a dull affair. Traipsing around in the walls isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and the game’s reliance on the field guide is a lazy design trick. I’m also not a fan of being made to feel like an old man who can’t find his keys. Save yourself the six hours it takes to play through The Spiderwick Chronicles, and go relive a much more interesting part of your pre-adolescence before senility truly does kick in.
40
Games Radar
Wandering back and forth through the same areas to collect one silly object after another will drive you "This is Sparta" raving mad, especially when you realize that you have to collect every fairy sprite and finish every last side quest just to see how the story ends. Yes, the story is heartwarming, and it is engaging, but it's also mainly delivered through the video scenes that were taken from the movie. You could just watch that in its entirety in a quarter of the time it'd take you to play this game (and you'd have more fun).