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Edutaining Kids (Dec, 2004)
The game is absorbing and clever, if a little short. It is fairly easy to play, making it just right for children approximately ages 9-12.
GameZone (Nov 09, 2004)
The debut of Lemony Snicket’s world of unpleasant adventure is delightful, and fans of the books, or of the upcoming movie, will likely find this quite an entertaining experience. Those simply looking for a good game that will treat both young and old may want to take a gander at this title.
Deaf Gamers (2005)
It's been a good year for games based on movies and A Series of Unfortunate Events can definitely go on the list of good games based on movies. It's gets the difficulty level just right for it's target audience and is an interesting game whether you've seen the movie or not. Of course if you have seen the movie it's going to make it all the more interesting but I'm pleased to say that it's not a requirement. As an action game it's probably not the best one you've come across but it is enjoyable and even if it had nothing to do with a movie, it would still be an appealing game which says a lot.
Game Chronicles (Dec 23, 2004)
Each of the three Baudelaire children has their own particular methods of dealing with the Count’s machinations. Violet is a brilliant inventor and will create anything that the children might need in their adventures using only household materials and a bit of ribbon for her hair, she also hates rats. Klaus has an encyclopedic knowledge of encyclopedias as well as any other books he has ever read, he has a fear of spiders. Sunny… well Sunny bites things.
Next Level Gaming (Nov 15, 2004)
The story of the game is a direct parallel to the storyline of the movie. And actually the movie is paralleled with a set of books called Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Lemony Snicket is an author who has been spending his life following and writing about the lives of three young children of the Baudelaire family. These stories written by Snicket aren't magical, they aren't lively, and they don't even have a happy beginning. These are not stories with flowers and funny characters. It is an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off playing some other game. In this game, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning and very few happy things in the middle. This is because not very many happy things happened in the lives of the three Baudelaire youngsters.
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 26, 2004)
Longtemps éclipsé par le phénomène Harry Potter, l'oeuvre de Lemony Snicket risque de connaître un nouvel essor avec la sortie du film et des jeux vidéo. L'aventure est étonnamment plaisante à jouer, et seul un manque de précision dans les phases d'action est à déplorer. Si comme moi vous n'aviez encore jamais entendu parler des Désastreuses Aventures Des Orphelins Baudelaire, le jeu risque fort de vous donner envie de parcourir les romans originaux.
Fragland.net (Jan 20, 2005)
Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events is a good game for kids or true fans of the movie. I only doubt it that this movie has a rich fan base. For real gamers this title is just a little bit too plain and simple.
4Players.de (Feb 06, 2005)
Activision hat Lemony Snickets Rätselhafte Ereignisse als einfach spielbaren und geradlinigen Abenteuer-Mix ordentlich auf PS2 und GameCube umgesetzt. Auf dem PC fühlt man sich hingegen trotz eigenständiger Spielabschnitte und Aufgaben in seiner Entscheidungsfreiheit ziemlich eingeengt und muss sich mit einer friemligen Maus-/Tastatursteuerung zufrieden geben. Die Linearität des Spiels dürfte zwar auch manchem Konsolero übel aufstoßen, doch wer sich an den simplen Rätseln, Kämpfen und Geschicklichkeitseinlagen sowie der recht kurzen Spielzeit nicht stört, wird mit einem skurrilen Ambiente, originellen Gadgets und authentischer Soundkulisse samt Original-Stimmen belohnt. Jüngere und ungeübte Spieler, die die Ereignisse des Films zuhause nochmals aktiv nacherleben wollen, werden jedenfalls angemessen bedient. Allerdings solltet ihr trotz unerklärlich strikterer Altersfreigabe auf jeden Fall zu einer der Konsolenfassungen greifen.
IGN (Nov 15, 2004)
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a faithful rendition of the books and should please young fans. The gameplay at times feels a bit too dumbed down, but is overall an excellent example of what can be done with a game designed specifically for children. Older fans of the books may just want to rent this one, as it's an easy game for adults, lasting only 4-5 hours. Kids, however, may find a bit more challenge in some elements. If a few more puzzles were added to actually challenge young minds, this would be a real winner. As is, Unfortunate Events is a good, but not great game that does more right than wrong.
Glide Underground (Feb 03, 2005)
Overall, the game is well designed for its audience, but I would have to advise that players above the age of approximately 12 will not find it very appealing. If you're a parent whose child loves the books, the game is probably a good choice.
Worth Playing (Jan 15, 2005)
A Series of Unfortunate Events is a game meant for children and fans of the books and movies; it is not for gamers. Hardly any thinking is needed. The level designs are somewhat inventive, especially where Violet is involved, but mostly they feel like the developers talking down to their audence. The gameplay feels almost condescending to the youth of today. Fans of the movie will love this, however, as long as they can get past some of the more glaring inconsistencies.
Digital Entertainment News (den) (Mar 31, 2005)
When all is said and done, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is rather – unfortunate. While the game play is solid and could have been to basis for a memorable movie adaptation game on par with EA’s Harry Potter offerings, drab, ho-hum graphics and lackluster vocal work really detract from the overall enjoyment that can be drawn from the game. Maybe Jim Carrey and folks were having a bad day when they hit the sound booth for this one, but the real loser here is the end user; while the flaws may not bother the extremely young, older gamers may end up having to enjoy the game despite its flaws.
Boomtown (Feb 02, 2005)
Games based on films (aka, film tie-ins) haven’t got the best of track records. More often than not they suffer from a serious lack of imagination. Lemony Snicket’s: ‘A series of unfortunate events’ didn’t yield us many good omens in our pre-game search for signs of potential.
Game Freaks 365 (2004)
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is an example of what can go horribly wrong when developers decide to take a lazy route of rehashing boss fights, game concepts, and collecting in the same game. The Time Crisis-like mini-game later on at the harbor town and other moderately well-done elements can't salvage what can be described as nothing short of an enormous letdown.