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WiiJeux Vidéo Network (Jun 29, 2009)
Si Coraline se termine en une après-midi, il n’en reste pas moins un titre attachant qui permet de revivre et de replonger dans l’ambiance du film. Mais attention ! Contrairement au film, au-delà de treize ans, il y a peu de chance que Coraline parvienne à vous passionner.
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WiiAdventurearchiv (Jan 31, 2010)
Wie gesagt: Für zwischendurch ist „Coraline" ein nettes Spiel, das mich aber nicht restlos überzeugt hat. Dafür war es einerseits zu einfach, andererseits gab es durch sich wiederholende bzw. zeitbasierte Aufgaben und Geschicklichkeitseinlagen auch einen gewissen Frustfaktor, der vor allem in der zweiten Hälfte den Spaßfaktor doch ziemlich pulverisiert hat. Ich würde „Coraline" auch nicht als reinrassiges Adventure beschreiben; es vermischt Aspekte des Adventures mit Elementen des Jump-and-Run, ist dabei aber weder Fisch noch Fleisch. Insgesamt bekommt „Coraline" daher von mir als.
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WiiGameZone (Feb 17, 2009)
I liked the fact that there were so many mini-games that could be replayed separately from the game, but these alone cannot hold up the entire game. Also, only some of them are really cool to play, others are mediocre efforts at best. The only sometimes interesting gameplay, combined with the shortness of the entire game, brings us an only mildly interesting game. Parents will probably want to pass this one by.
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Nintendo DSSpazio Games (Jul 27, 2009)
Da un film affascinante e degno di grandi lodi come Coraline e la Porta Magica sarebbe stato lecito aspettarsi molto di più. In realtà ciò non ci stupisce affatto, da che mondo è mondo la logica del Tie-in ha molto spesso costretto alla resa trasposizioni video ludiche di film-capolavoro, ma, in questo caso, e viste le buone potenzialità del prodotto, ci pare davvero di poter affermare che una certa mancanza di cura ha davvero rovinato un titolo che poteva essere buono. Graficamente più che discreto, soffre di un gameplay poco solido, noioso e non attentamente studiato; il sonoro risulta scarno e la longevità è bassa. Vi esortiamo in ogni caso a gustarvi il film, vero e proprio capolavoro dell’animazione.
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PlayStation 2GameZone (Feb 18, 2009)
Coraline for PS2 isn’t a terrible game — it is, however, a dull, routine, by-the-numbers movie adaptation. It’s as bland and forgettable as the movie and book are fresh and original, and it’s a real shame that some of that magic couldn’t come across in interactive form.
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PlayStation 2Cheat Code Central (2009)
Other than the three or four hours of play you'll get out of Coraline, there isn't much left to be done. You can play the mini-games individually, and some of them are fun enough to entertain you for a while. But, truth be told, you're better off playing another game or nothing at all. Although Coraline was developed by a studio that created quality games such as Medal of Honor: Airborne, this one doesn't seem to fit the bill.
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WiiGamePro (US) (Feb 09, 2009)
It's too bad the play mechanics are not more engaging, especially given the potential of the Wii-motion controls. But as is, the range of mini-missions and quests you lead the precocious Coraline through will feel familiar to anyone who's played any number of average film-tied titles. That said, the most devoted of fans will enjoy the opportunity to see their favorite young heroine come to life in an interactive world, nicely complemented by art direction and audio work that'll remind them why they love Gaiman's quirky tale. Sadly, it will also remind them the book and film is far better than this missed opportunity.
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Other than the three or four hours of play you'll get out of Coraline, there isn't much left to be done. You can play the mini-games individually, and some of them are fun enough to entertain you for a while. But, truth be told, you're better off playing another game or nothing at all. Although Coraline was developed by a studio that created quality games such as Medal of Honor: Airborne, this one doesn't seem to fit the bill.
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Nintendo DSCheat Code Central (2009)
Coraline is a great story in novella form, and the movie, based on the book, is getting excellent reviews so far. But, I just can't say the same for the game based on this work. Running around, talking to different characters, and finding items for five hours just isn't very fun, and this game does a poor job of representing its eccentric source material. Although you may have enjoyed Coraline in some other form, just stay away from the Nintendo DS video game. Unless you can make it to the Other world. Then this game might be a whole lot better.
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Nintendo DSGameZone (Feb 11, 2009)
Coraline follows the movie in terms of the plot but what we have here is a rather dull, lifeless and by-the-numbers DS game that’s actually quite disappointing. It would have been great if the game offered more than just boring exploration and uninventive mini-games but, sadly, Coraline does not deliver. Even if you do end up loving the movie, this is not a game you will like.
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PlayStation 2PSX Extreme (Feb 19, 2009)
If you’re a packrat in video games and have to collect absolutely everything, you might like the Button collecting. Many different actions will yield you a certain number of buttons – from turning on a lamp (1 Button) to watering the plants (5 Buttons) – and you can use your loot to purchase some treasure for the fans. There are new Outfits, Pictures, Movie Reels, and even Cheats to unlock, but you’re going to have to scour your environment on a routine basis. This may appeal to some, though, so it could be a bonus. Besides this, there isn’t much left to talk about. We’re always looking to see if a game based on a movie hits its target audience (the fans, obviously), and Coraline misses the mark. There just isn’t enough to do, and when the best parts of the game aren’t interactive, the entire thing just feels superfluous.
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PlayStation 2Wonderwallweb.com (May 18, 2009)
Whilst the gameplay is sub par, the character animations and voice acting are pretty much perfect, with voices returning from the film itself and some amusing and well designed characters. Coraline could have been a fun game but the over use of fetch quests and a startlingly short playtime makes this one to avoid.
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WiiGamervision (Feb 10, 2009)
The best thing I can say about Coraline is that it’s not broken. It works, and just about anyone could play it from start to finish, but I don’t understand why anyone would want to. Fans of the book or movie will be insulted by this crappy tie-in, and if you’re looking for something for the kids, there are far better titles you can spend your money on. Even at the budget price of $30, there’s no reason to buy this game. Just leave it on the shelf.
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PlayStation 2IGN (Jan 29, 2009)
It reeks of dated gameplay design ideals, loses nearly all the substance and style of the book and movie respectively, is too difficult at points for kids, and is too short for your money. Never mind the fact that if you're as unlucky as me, you'll encounter a crash bug that prevents you from completing the experience. The movie's tag line is 'some doors should never be opened.' The game's should be ' some boxes should never be opened.'
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WiiThe A.V. Club (Feb 16, 2009)
Spending a lot of time on a task can be satisfying, but it doesn’t feel that way when the big payoff is delivering a missing piece of paper to complete a fetch quest. Instead, the game manages to suck out all the wonder out of Coraline’s rich story and setting, leaving only tedium behind.
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WiiIGN (Jan 29, 2009)
If your only goal in this life is to worship the Coraline franchise in all forms, you might find some redeeming value in D3 Publisher's videogame adaptations. But if you value quality software, whether designed for adults or for kids, this title is your mortal enemy. It reeks of dated gameplay design ideals, loses nearly all the substance and style of the book and movie respectively, is too difficult at points for kids, and is too short for your money. Never mind the fact that if you're as unlucky as me, you'll encounter a crash bug that prevents you from completing the experience. The movie's tag line is 'some doors should never be opened.' The game's should be ' some boxes should never be opened.'