Adapted from the first instalment of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials novel trilogy and released back in 2007, The Golden Compass film received a lukewarm reception from critics. Now, having been transposed onto the Nintendo Wii into a fairly average kid’s game, the fantasy epic provides some light entertainment which might be good to keep youngsters occupied over the summer break. The game is currently going for just £4.58 on Amazon with a next best price of £11.88 from Coolshop.
However be warned, with its linear format and simplistic in game objectives, this is a game specifically aimed at children. Much of the emphasis is initially on platforming with the player guiding the main character Lyra across the rooftops of Jordon College. Here she is aided by her Demon – a fantasy creature capable of assuming the form of four different animals – as she leaps from precipice to precipice. This section of the game is repetitive and provides no real challenge, and unfortunately, things don’t improve when - through simple button bashing - the player can obliterate enemies as Iorek the polar bear.
Things are salvaged to some extent with a few interesting mini-games, but graphically the game is a let down. It’s a shame the developers didn’t make more effort with visuals of Golden Compass – these were about the only thing praised by critics of the film. The outdated, last generation graphics are only made worse by the game’s random integration of film clips which only heighten its poor visual quality. All in all, The Golden Compass pretty much follows the same dire trend of so many other film-to-game adaptations. There is nothing here to immerse older fans of the novels, only a shallow series of mediocre and repetitive tasks barely capable of holding the attention of young children for long.
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