Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Christmas movies, you gotta love’em. The make believe “loving” time of year makes me sick while others love being loved during those thrilling days in December. Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events isn’t your typical Christmas movie. It’s meant for the little ones but it offers plenty of black humor. The game logically follows the same path; ideal review material for a 22 year old I’d say.
Well, since we don’t have any toddlers in our Fragland crew and I’m the closest to being one, judging from my brain activity, our master chief decided to give this review to me. My critical abilities are also rather undeveloped so I couldn’t contest his decision and took the job with both hands. Three young kids became orphans after their wealthy parents died in an accident. They inherit the riches of their parents and are put under the responsibility of count Olaf, played by Jim Carrey himself. This balding mad man has his mind set on one thing: the fortune. The only thing that stands in his way is the threesome. He locks them away in his mansion and forces them to clean up the dirty shores. The three kids manage to escape but if they think they can get rid of count Olaf that easy, they’re wrong. The fools…
Ok, maybe fools isn’t the right word here because they’re pretty smart chaps. Klaus is the leader of the pack and he’ll mostly do the dirty work. Violet on the other hand is the female version of MacGuyver. She can make weapons and other attributes with all sorts of material while Sunny, the baby, can crawl through small places. This brings along a hefty amount of variation in the gameplay. The missions in which you have to play with Sunny for instance are based on side-scrolling platform games. You can only go right and now and then you’ll have to push an object, jump over obstacles or defeat oncoming enemies. Violet can walk through toxic waters and reach higher places with her … and Klaus can jump further thanks to his propeller boots. Klaus and Violet also have different weapons making it sometimes necessary to switch between them as some enemies can resist certain attacks. This makes for some tactical gameplay.
The missions in the game always come down to this: make a weapon or tool, reach an unreachable place or a combination of both. For the weapons you’ll have to search for objects which you have to link together afterwards. You can’t do anything wrong here however, the only minus with the weapon making is the back tracking. You’ll find numerous objects during your quest but you can only pick up those needed for the current task which means you’ll have to come back later on in the game. Luckily the levels aren’t enormous, so it won’t take too much time returning to your initial position. Little ones with high blood pressure however should be careful as it sometimes can get a bit frustrating. By playing several missions I instantly noticed that this game is obviously meant for kids. The difficulty level is really low as you’ll always know exactly what to do. The only difficulties you might come across is when you have to perform typical platform actions such as jumping from one platform on to another. This is mainly caused by the bad camerawork and the animations that tend to get a life of their own.
You can’t do without enemies in a game these days and LSASOUE, to make an abbreviation, is no exception. These range from accomplices of count Olaf to frogs, snakes and other violent creatures. You can beat them with one punch and even the several bosses tend to be quite easy because of their repetitive pattern. Since this is a kids game it’s rather obvious that the difficulty level is that low of course.
Graphically you again shouldn’t have high expectations. This still is a game based on a movie and the experience shows that those games are often quick productions with a sole task of making some extra money. However in LSASOUE they aren’t awful or anything like that. It seems Activision has used their Tony Hawk engine which does the job just right; nothing more, nothing less. The only thing that could have been done better is the animation and facial expressions. But overall LSASOUE’s graphical style is decent as is the sound department.
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.