latest Jim Carrey vehicle is not only a movie, but
a videogame as well. I have not seen the movie as
of this review but his performance in the game is
a little disappointing although most of it isn't his
fault since he's not really the star of this game.
The gameplay focuses on the exploits of the three
children, and as luck would have it, this game is
aimed at a younger audience.
world of Lemony Snicket is a dark one. The humor is
dark, the environment is dark and the mind of Count
Olaf is also dark. He's the uncle to three kids, Klaus,
Violet and Sunny, which were sent to live with him
after their parents died in an unfortunate accident.
It seems that Count Olaf has his eyes on the inheritance
money and the only way he will receive it is to be
the sole beneficiary - if you know what I mean.
three kids must thwart his evil plans through any
means necessary. Taking control of each of the children
at different times you will be called upon to perform
such tasks as collecting, platforming and solving
puzzles. There is nothing in this game that is too
difficult. Everything is within reach. If this game
were to follow the storyline of the movie more closely
it could have been recommended for all ages as an
interactive movie but the developers decided to exclude
more mature gamers.
Lemony Snicket story is one part Home Along, one part
Adam's Family and one part Harry Potter with a sprinkling
of Big Fish and Pee Wee Big Adventure. The animation
is great with accurate facial expressions and smooth
body movement. There is a lot of detail in the environments
which adds to the oppressive atmosphere. Jim Carrey's
voice work is second to none and Tim Curry as the
narrator is an excellent choice.
everything you need to solve the puzzles is scattered
before you. There is a list at the top of the screen
which indicates what you have and what you need. If
that's not enough, the items that you need sparkle
so they are easier to see. This is a little too easy
if you ask me. There are color matching games and
alphabetized puzzles as well as collecting which is
not as much fun as it may seem since the game keeps
you on a tight leash. While the old mansion looks
amazing, you can't just go anywhere you want.
game is linear when it comes to the control of the
characters. Although each of them appears to have
some unique attributes on the surface they all basically
have the same abilities. The only difference is that
the baby can fit into smaller places. The game decides
which character you play and when.
is a major gameplay move. There are only a few controls
to concern yourself with and jumping is one of them.
The other move is the action button which allows you
to open doors, throw switches and grab objects. It
all works well and it seems as though you're doing
a lot more than just pressing a couple of buttons.
the gameplay is far too simple for any casual gamer
but it's sure to keep kids entertained even if they
haven't seen the movie or read any of the novels.