The Adventures of Tintin is the beloved classic comic turned Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson movie. It’s been out in the UK since October, but it doesn’t land stateside until December 21. The Adventures of Tintin: The Game is Ubisoft Montpellier’s shot at adapting the film into an enjoyable interactive experience. So do they succeed, or fail like the dozens of studios before them when it comes to movie adaptations?
For those of you not familiar with Tintin he’s a young Belgian reporter that always manages to find adventure. His trusty dog Snowy remains by his side, and Tintin’s sometimes drunken best friend (or mentor) Captain Haddock is always close by too. Together they stop various nefarious plans from coming to fruition.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Game’s gameplay is varied and a step above most movie games. One moment you’re flying through a thunderstorm, controlling Snowy to track footprints, fighting bad guys as Tintin, and more. But the game truly shines when it becomes a side-scrolling platformer. In fact I wish the whole game were a side-scroller because I found the 3D sections lacking in comparison.
Something else I found lacking was the combat—it’s far too simple and unchallenging. Although, this game is mainly target towards children so I’m willing to overlook this.
Ubisoft Montpellier was kind enough to throw in some Kinect mini-games. While they don’t have a ton of depth, they add value to the game. All of the mini-games are variations of things you do in the main quest like piloting a plane or riding a motorcycle. This is a good thing considering you can finish the campaign in one sitting.
The co-op was a pleasant surprise. It takes place in Haddock’s dreams and features the best scenarios in the game. You can tell a lot of thought went into this bizarre mode, and it’s almost worth the price of admission. So you most definitely need to play this game with a buddy.
The graphics are somewhat of a mixed bag. While I can appreciate the wonderful art style, some of the 3D looks dull. But it’s far from ugly, and over the course of your adventure the blandness of some of the textures will go unnoticed.
Overall The Adventures of Tintin: The Game is great as far as movie games go. It deserves a look if you’re a fan of the series. The side-scrolling, co-op, and added Kinect features should keep you entertained. It’s worth the $39.99 asking price. By the way, all movie games should be budget priced, it makes them easier to recommend. Hopefully other publishers take note of this, Ubisoft is on the right track. Movie games shouldn’t cost the same amount as something like Skyrim–that’s just silly.
A copy of The Adventures of Tintin: The Game was provided to us by Ubisoft, and it’s available now on every major platform.