Review: The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

You’d have to have had your head buried in the sand for the last few months not to realise that Stephen Spielberg has just released a Tintin film called the Secret of the Unicorn. This is based on three(!) of the books and has proved hugely popular with the kids. Ubisoft kindly sent us the official licensed game of the film, The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, and we’ve spent a few days over Christmas playing it.

Right from the start your immersed into the world of Tintin; there’s a storm and you’re piloting an aircraft trying to get out of it to no avail. Then you flashback to the start of the adventure. The levels we played followed the film really closely- we discovered the model of the Unicorn (with Snowy’s help and we actually got to control him!) and got set upon by the baddies after we found the secret map.

The game itself is a 3D action adventure game, with graphics really in the style of the animation of the film. The whole presentation is very film like and extremely polished.

Since the cut scenes integrate seamlessly into the game we got a really great feeling of being part of the adventure while we were playing it. The game itself is rated 12 (for comic violence) but isn’t too difficult, the puzzles flow on from each other. We found the flying parts the hardest but that’s probably because you need to worry about up and down as well as left and right.

Some of the later levels, like the ship, are a bit tricky but also quite funny. Although the Wii version isn’t in 3D, I did play the PS3 version in 3D at Ubisofts summer extravaganza. The 3D is ace but the Wii version doesn’t really lose out by only being in 2 dimensions.

All in all if your kids are over 12 and loved the Tintin film, this game is a bit of a no brainer.

Review: Rayman Origins on Nintendo Wii

When the Glade of Dreams is overrun by “nefurrious”Darktoons, the Fairy Council hastily invokes Rayman to save the day; but the hero of light isn’t quite all there…To help him, Rayman teams up with his best friend, Globox, and two crafty wizards, the Teensies. Together, the world’s most hilarious team of heroes will need to restore peace to the Glade or watch as their beloved home vanishes like a bad dream…

Rayman Origins is a rare thing in today’s gaming world- it’s a platform game! It makes a refreshing change from playing shooty shooty games but Rayman Origins is a great game for more reasons than that. If you can imagine a particularly well animated cartoon and then imagine that you’re controlling the hero from the cartoon, that’s Rayman Origins. It is an utterly utterly beautiful game.

What it isn’t is easy though. It doesn’t start of fiendishly difficult and Rayman Origins certainly isn’t unfair but by the time you’re an hour or two in, you certainly feel like you’re earning your keep. Since the game looks some beautiful though, frustration rarely sets in since each new area has some clever visual tricks to captivate you. There are things to bounce on and flatten, things to swing off, hang off, there is also a fiendishly difficult bit where you have to run along and keep Rayman in a spotlight, or the bats will get him!

If you love great fun games, you simply must get Rayman Origins, its brilliant.