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The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun is based on the Belgian comic book of the same name. The basic plotline is the same: Professor Cuthbert Calculus gets kidnapped and the player, in the role of Tintin, needs to rescue him. The rest is more loosely adapted: in contrast to the comic, which is mostly based in Peru, this game offers many different locations all over the world.

The gameplay itself is a typical platforming action: Tintin walks through the levels while avoiding the enemies. Pretty much everyone, e.g. little girls and security guards, is out to hurt Tintin who has no means of defending himself. This means the most important aspect is learning enemy placements, their patterns and how to avoid them. But he has to hurry because of the time limit. Required for success is the usage of the two playing plains: from the player's perspective in the foreground and further towards the background. Tintin can switch between the two at any time.


The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun DOS Game Title
The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun SNES Driving in a rainy night.
The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun SNES If you see this screen, you were too slow.
The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun DOS Password screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "Tintin: Solens Tempel" -- Swedish title
  • "Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun" -- Informal name
  • "Tim und Struppi: Der Sonnentempel" -- German title
  • "Les Aventures de Tintin: Le Temple du Soleil" -- French title
  • "Las Aventuras de Tintin: El Templo del Sol" -- Spanish title
  • "Kuifje: De Zonnetempel" -- Dutch title

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Total! (Germany) SNES May, 1997 1.75 out of 6 85
Joypad SNES Dec, 1996 85 out of 100 85
Power Unlimited SNES Feb, 1997 80 out of 100 80
Mega Fun SNES Aug, 1997 73 out of 100 73 SNES Mar 11, 2011 14 out of 20 70


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The game is based on the popular Tintin comics, created, written, and illustrated by Georges Remy, alias Herge, who is also the father of such series as Jo, Zette et Jocko and Quick & Flupke.
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