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a game by Papaya Studio
Platform: Playstation 2
Editor Rating: 4/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Movie-based Games, Action Adventure Games

As you may know this title from the famous movie with the same name, you can certainly imagine that there was a video game created in its honor as well. The game is mainly an adventure based game that went under the same name of the film but some versions had the extra titles of Coraline: The Game or Coraline: An Adventure Too Weird for Words. Of course you can imagine with the game being solely made around a movie that there would be a lot of excitement for this game and you are certainly correct in thinking that. Well in today’s article, we will discuss whether the game lived up to the hype of the movie as well as giving our personal rating and finally leaving you with some pros and cons in the end. With that, let’s get right into the article!

When Was Coraline Released?

When it comes to the release date of the video game, they did not waste any time getting it out on the market as the game came shortly after the movie was released in theaters. This already made for an interesting strategy, because usually when video games are based on movies they come years and years after the release once a company knows whether the movie was a hit or not. Well luckily for Papaya Studio the movie instantly became a classic, but the video game was not so much. The gameplay is very similar to George Of The Jungle And The Search For The Secret.

When it was released on January 27, 2009 it did not necessarily fly off the shelves because people first had to see the movie before playing the game would make any sense at all. Even after that, the video game did not necessarily get any great reviews from those that played it. Now the games came out for the popular consoles at the time which were the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, and the Wii but reviews were low across all boards. The highest review this game ever got from critics was a 6/10 with the average rating being around 4/10. Now it is also important to understand the reasoning behind these reviews, which is what we will explain now.

What Reviews Were Written About Coraline?

These negative reviews came from the basis that the game felt rushed first of all. This seems easy to imagine since they were most likely on a timeline to get the game produced quickly and closely enough to match the timeline of the movie theater. Of course this may have required some skipped steps in the process. On top of this, the game was regarded as extremely difficult and “too hard even for adults”. Keep in mind it was a mystery game so what could have been so hard?


Just like the other reviews, we would have to give this one a 4/10. The reasoning behind this falls with the others as it was rushed and was certainly too difficult to complete without additional help.


  • Fun with the Movie
  • A Unique Mystery Game
  • A Fun Challenge


  • Rushed Game
  • Too Difficult to Complete
  • Many Other Negative Reviews

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Playstation 2

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  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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