Hardcore console and handheld gamers like to dismiss the validity of Apple’s iDevices as legitimate gaming consoles. We’ll leave that open to debate, but I can say for now there’s one thing the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch have that console players can only dream of; somehow, despite history and conventional wisdom, our movie tie-in games are generally really good. The latest example of this is The Adventures of Tintin – The Game.
What is it?
The Adventures of Tintin – The Game follows the plot of the Steven Spielberg movie, I’m told. I haven’t seen it, although that’s not for lack of interest. In the game, the titular Tintin and his dog Snowy find a model ship which seems to garner a lot of interest from the criminal element, and adventure ensues. Adventure by plane, pirate ship, foot, zipline…you name it.
How does it work?
Tintin works in many ways, and that’s what makes the game so great. Throughout, you’ll be engaging in fights, solving puzzles and generally sneaking about, all of which are controlled well with touchscreen gestures and tilts. There are even some Quicktime event action sequences thrown in for good measure.
The game hops from chapter to chapter, predicament to predicament, with incredible pacing and agility, and the gameplay elements roll right along with the story in a fluid and natural way. Unlike some games were different elements seem to be thrown in simply to break up the monotony of the main style, your tasks in The Adventures of Tintin seem like logical extensions from the story.
I should point out that you’re not just controlling Tintin, either. To get through, he’ll need to work together with Snowy, Haddock and Sir Francis Haddock.
And if getting through the story is not enough (The Adventures of Tintin can be completed in a few hours if you tear right through it), there are collectible coins and puzzle pieces to find that add to the replay value.
Is it contagious?
Absolutely. The Adventures of Tintin – The Game is a blast to play through even if you haven’t seen the movie, as with me. There’s a level of polish here that many A-list console games is lacking, and there’s never a point where it feels like the developers cut corners in order to get the game out in time for the movie.
It doesn’t matter what time of game you enjoy, on what system, there’s enough spirit and variety in The Adventures of Tintin – The Game to entertain just about everyone.