The Adventures of TinTin is a movie tie-in to the highly anticipated animated film.
Nearly ever time a family film is released, a movie tie-in game is just around the corner. It's only rare occasions when they turn out great, due to the rush of it released meantime of the film. The Adventures of TinTin film looks amazing, and i'm sure it will be when directed by Steven Speilber. The question is, will the tie-in game be a rare tie-in that's actually good?. Unfortunately not, Ubisoft might have the likness to the film spot on, but weak gamplay and repetition lets the game down.
If the word TinTin doesn't ring any bells, then you probably wasn't around when it made it's release as a TV Series in 1991. TinTin is a young reporter who has a small white dog called Snowy. In the movie plot, TinTin discovers a model ship that becomes more useful than he could imagine. You will travel the same plot of the film in story mode, aswell as two other modes. CO-op and Challenges.
Lets begin with Story Mode. Here you will take control of TinTin, Snowy and Captain Haddock through a selection of chapters based on the film. The game opens with one of the few driving sections. You are flying a plane through a terrifying storm and trying to dodge lightning as it strikes. It's a very dramatic opening and might sound fun to play, but it doesn't offer any challenge and
is simply to introduce the game. You quickly go back in time and take control of snowy the dog, where you must sniff and try to find your owner, TinTin.
The game is set in third person and 2D side-scrolling sections, with the 2D sections taking the majority of the game. That's actually a good thing because the 2D sidescrolling offers some decent platforming and puzzle elements. The third person sections are mainly used for finding clues or driving a vehicle. The camera angles are locked and cannot be rotated like in most third person titles. As you pass through areas the camera will change angles for the best view. It works well enough but can be frustrating at times.
The puzzles you come across are certainly the strongest part of the game but they are far to easy. I know the game is set for a younger audience but you never feel like your been challenged as you progress. The platforming consists of jumping over obstacles, throwing items to trigger something etc. It's very simple and becomes repetitive fairly quickly. The combat is also repetitive and weak. You only have two attack available. One is for punching and the other is a stealth attack, used when sneaking up on enemies. A lot of the game takes place with combat and when you only have two attacks, it does become boring when pressing the same button and watching the same animation over and over again.
Putting the Story Mode to aside, you can also play TinTin and Haddock mode. This is separate to the story and lets you play in CO-op or solo as you complete platforming elements. In solo you are forced to switch between TinTin and Haddock to complete certain puzzles. I would say it's the best mode in the game but it doesn't offer any real challenge and becomes boring fairly quickly. There's also a set of challenges you can complete. These require you to fight enemies or complete races in a certain time. The racing moments can be a little more entertaining but it's very simple and mostly boring. Certain sections like the fighting challenges offer Kinect support and can add a bit more enjoyment.
The Adventures of TinTin isn't the worst tie-in game around but it's certainly not the best. It's weak combat, repetitive gameplay and short length makes this a tie-in game you should avoid.
Review by Gareth Smith