The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian
|a game by||Traveller’s Tales|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||7.5/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.0/10 - 4 votes|
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|See also:||Disney Games, Movie-based Games, Christmas Games|
While the movie, The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian may have not exactly set the world on fire. It was released towards the tail end of when licensed video games for any “big movie” were pretty much guaranteed, especially for a Disney movie. With this kind of game comes a certain kind of stigma and much of that rings true for this game. Still, as I always say, for the most part, Disney games tend to at the very least be decent and that is the case here.
It Is My Throne
The plot of the game follows the events of the movie pretty closely. King Miraz has taken the throne in Narnia and he refuses to let the rightful king, Caspian rule. Caspian leads an army to not only take the throne back, but also find out what happened to Aslan as well.
You play through most of the major events of the movie with a couple more thrown in for good measure. At the end of the day, the story is as good as they could have done with a game like this. If you liked the story in the movie, you will like what they have done here.
Time To Party
The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian has many different characters that you will have to play as. Sometimes a level will require the use of two, maybe even four. You can switch between characters any time you want and as you would expect they each have their own abilities. The gameplay is hack and slash and puzzle-based. Sometimes you will have to use more than one character to solve a Puzzle for example.
What is interesting about the gameplay is that this game was made by Traveler’s Tales and they made the Lego series of games. I would say that this plays somewhat similar to those games. The problem is that this game is lacking in a bit of polish. Probably because they had to get it out in time to go with the movie. As a result, the camera can be a pain in the butt and the collision detection is quite iffy in places too.
Not Quite Disney
I usually will tell you that Disney games no matter how they play at least always have a solid presentation. The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian does not quite live up to that. The problem is that this game was released for the PlayStation 2 as well as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It looks to me like they took the PS2 and just jumped up the resolution for what at the time were the next-gen consoles. It is not a horrible-looking game, but at the time it was released, it certainly did not look great.
What this game does have going for it is the soundtrack. This features a movie-like orchestral soundtrack and it is epic. It certainly gets you all jacked up when you are in the heat of battle. As well as having a great soundtrack, due to this being a Disney game, they managed to get all of the actors from the movie to do the voice work here.
I have played some terrible licensed games in my day and I have to say that The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian is not one of them. I played through this when it was first released on the Xbox 360 and thought it was ok. It is not the kind of game that I am in any rush to go back to. However, if you have recently watched the movie on Disney Plus, you will probably have fun going back and playing this.
- It features the cast from the movie
- It follows the plot of the movie pretty well
- The soundtrack and voice acting is fantastic
- You can play as multiple characters from the movie
- The game is not the best in the looks department
- The gameplay feels like it needed a few more months of polish