Better than average fare
IF PAST experience has demonstrated anything about licensed video game tie- ins for movies, it’s they often miss the mark. Whether you’re a fan of the latest
Adventures of Tintin movie or not, the game manages to buck the usual trend, but only just.
Loosely following the plot of the movie, which blends three of Tintin’s comic adventures into a single story,
The Secret of The Unicorn follows the young reporter’s investigations into the mysteries of a model ship that takes him halfway across the world.
He crosses paths with friends, villains and the permanently plastered Captain Haddock.
At its heart, Secret of The Unicorn is a puzzle platformer that involves spending most of your time in two dimensions and solving simple puzzles.
What the brainteasers ultimately lack in difficulty they make up for in variety and inventive design.
Where the game really shines is in the combat. Straightforward melee at the beginning eventually develops into a full suite of combat abilities, along with the need to use stealth tactics in some sections.
It’s just a shame this combination of puzzle solving and combat only reaches full swing towards the end of the adventure.
The game also introduces a mix of short gameplay segments in the name of variety. Aerial dog fighting and motorbike chases mix up the pace, while 3D investigation sections provide the opportunity to nosey around the environments for information.
Nestled alongside the main story campaign is a fun co- operative mode featuring a set of unique levels. Here two players must work together to complete tougher puzzles.
Unfortunately, the game is less of a snug fit with the movie. Simplified graphics and cut scenes, plus poor facial animation, are small irritations, but the lack of original voice actors, John Williams’ score and the film’s central villain are surprising omissions.