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The Lemony Snicket series of irreverent children’s books have been experiencing an insurgence in popularity recently, with the new film coming out based on the first book, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Now, in an effort to capitalize on the upcoming movie, Activision is releasing a game based on the upcoming movie that stars Jim Carrey. The game remains quite true to the subject matter of the books, following the film’s lead and bringing true life to the characters and the story. However, the gameplay is a bit on the light and simplistic side, which may appeal to younger fans of the books but not likely to impress more seasoned gamers.
Before we get into the meat of this review let me save you some time and say, “If you have a child between the ages of 6 and 12 then you MUST play Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.” I’m not sure why this game is getting the mediocre reviews that it has been getting. I’m guessing we have a lot of jaded game reviewers out there who are swamped with holiday releases and they simply don’t have the time or desire to discover their inner child and immerse themselves in what is perhaps the best mix of entertainment and educational gameplay of 2004.
Both the kids really liked the game and played it well past my endurance to observe. After they finally ran themselves down I took a spin through some of the game and found it to be a pleasant, if overly simple, adventure/platformer. Despite the presence of familiar characters and settings, it isn’t very true to the original story. It may well be closer to the story of the movie, which is what the game is actually based on. The kids I used were fans of the books, but were able to overlook the inconsistencies with the original and enjoy the game for what it is – a solid, if unremarkable, book to movie to game conversion. If your kids, like mine, can’t get enough of these Unfortunate Events, you could do a lot worse than sticking this game under the tree for them. It might not impress you, but they’ll enjoy it.
What have I always said about movie to game translations? They're either really really good, or really really bad. There have as of late though been one or two that have been maybe in the middle of those extremes. Enter the magic of Jim Carrey. Boy, where has his career gone these days? Personally, I really like Jim Carrey and even though some of his lesser quality movies were pretty funny; like The Cable Guy and the second Ace Ventura. But I can find a dozen people at any given time who think his movies haven't been that great, especially the ones I mentioned above. I always come back with "Well, at least he didn't have to do a movie about Toys, or play Popeye".
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.
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are having a tough time. Not only has a mysterious fire destroyed their home and killed their parents, now they’ve been sent to live with their uncle, Count Olaf. As if his crazy hair wasn’t a dead giveaway, they soon learn that he is up to no good. It turns out that the reason he keeps having them do dangerous tasks is because he’s after their family fortune.
If you're searching for a video game that ends happily ever after, look somewhere else. The tale of the Baudelaire children is not for optimists, dreamers, or those who like everything wrapped up in a nice little bow. Instead, the three orphaned stars of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events find heartache, death, and madness wherever they turn. Each good moment is met with three bad, every well-meaning friend defeated by a sinister villain. This is the tale of the most unfortunate orphans to ever grace a children's novel. For a few hours, you can partake in their misery as Violet (the inventor), Klaus (the bookworm), and Sunny (the baby) attempt to outwit and outlast their demonic uncle, Count Olaf.
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.
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is based on a movie, which is based on a series of books, yet despite the separation follows the original material somewhat faithfully. As such, the game is squarely aimed at children who are fans of the series, but those who aren’t fans may want to find a more enjoyable game to play.
Activision’s newest title, Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events, takes the tradition of releasing a videogame based on a movie, and adds a twist to it. Instead of simply being a movie tie-in release, Lemony Snicket is a game, based off of a movie, which is based on a set of children’s books. How is that for branching out into a new medium?
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.