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Unlike The Golden Compass for consoles and PC, The Golden Compass for the Nintendo DS is a 2D platformer with 3D graphics. It follows the events of the movie, over more than 40 levels, controlling Lyra, her dæmon Pan, and the armored polar bear Iorek. Pan can transform into one of four different animals, which are useful for combat and puzzle-solving. Each level can be played in one of 3 difficulties, with previous levels replayable at any time. Collectibles are hidden in the levels, and can be used to upgrade Iorek's armor.

Multiplayer (Single-cart download or multi-cart) is included, based on the Alethiometer from the movie. By moving the needles, see how close you got to your opponent's symbols. Find your opponent's symbols before they find yours. Finally, an Alethiometer to just play around with is included.


The Golden Compass Nintendo DS Title screen.

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Alternate Titles

  • "The Golden Compass: The Official Videogame" -- UK / Australian title
  • "Lyra no Bōken: Ougon no Rashinban" -- Japanese title
  • "Der Goldene Kompass: Das offizielle Videospiel" -- German title
  • "À La Croisée Des Mondes: La Boussole d'Or" -- French title

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Critic Reviews

Cheat Code Central 2007 3.4 out of 5 68
Jeuxvideo.com Dec 04, 2007 11 out of 20 55
Pocket Gamer UK Dec 12, 2007 5 out of 10 50
Worth Playing Feb 01, 2008 5 out of 10 50
IGN UK Dec 11, 2007 4 out of 10 40
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Dec 24, 2007 4 out of 10 40
GamesRadar Dec 12, 2007 2 out of 10 20


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qwertyuiop (39966) added The Golden Compass (Nintendo DS) on Mar 19, 2011
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