Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
|a game by||Griptonite Games|
|User Rating:||7.3/10 - 3 votes|
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Based On the latest Jim Carrey extravaganza, Lemony Snicket is the kind of game that parents might insist their children play, as opposed to say, The Incredibles, or the latest Harry Potter - less mainstream, non-violent, slightly subversive and much cooler. In reality, it's less impressive than it might be, falling into the same trap as most film-to-game tie-ins by being rushed and rather short - so not great value.
In control of the three Baudelaire orphans, the aim is to thwart the dastardly schemes of evil uncle Olaf by using each special skill at timely intervals. Elder sibling Violet is the cunning inventor, Klaus is the far-sighted bookworm and Sunny the ravenous infant, each of whom can be directly controlled to find items to help Violet construct a bizarre tool that unlocks the next conundrum.
In truth, the puzzles are rather refreshing, not least because you have a gurgling baby to help you who eats literally anything. What I do take issue with is the cheap sets, poor resolution and lack of any visual clarity or distinction when compared to the film on which the game is based. There are far worse film tie-ins, but we'd hoped for more.