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Disney's A Christmas Carol review

If only Dickens could have foreseen this

Pros

  • Variety of minigames
  • Inventive advent calendar puzzles
  • Includes the text of the book

Cons

  • No minigames are very well-executed
  • Pointing 'n' clicking is sometimes maddening
  • Scrooge bestowing good cheer on beggars?

Like a mad aunt who sends birthday cards at Easter, we%26rsquo;re a bit late with this festive game, but hey, it%26rsquo;s the thought that counts, right? Disney%26rsquo;s A Christmas Carol (we always thought it was Dickens%26rsquo;, but what do we know?) accompanies the film, and, as the classic story doesn%26rsquo;t lend itself to platforming, it%26rsquo;s a mish-mash of minigames and point %26rsquo;n%26rsquo; click puzzles.

The minigames are varied but neither hard or that well-executed; the pointing %26rsquo;n%26rsquo; clicking oscillates between obvious and maddening. Scrolling sections have you doing things like bestowing good cheer on beggars. Odd. It%26rsquo;s a packed cart that includes the text of the book as well as %26lsquo;advent calendar%26rsquo; puzzles that unlock in the run-up to Christmas (fiddle with the DS%26rsquo; internal clock if you must). It%26rsquo;s a bumper festive parcel, but one full of fruit rather than chocolate.

Jan 25, 2010

More Info

GenreAdventure
Description<p>It&#8217;s a packed cart that includes the text of the book as well as &#8216;advent calendar&#8217; puzzles that unlock in the run-up to Christmas (fiddle with the DS&#8217; internal clock if you must). It&#8217;s a bumper festive parcel, but one full of fruit rather than chocolate.</p>
PlatformDS
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating7+
Release date:3 November 2009 (US), 6 November 2009 (UK)
Available platforms:DS
Genre:Adventure
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