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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’re a bit late with this festive game, but hey, it’s the thought that counts, right? Disney’s A Christmas Carol (we always thought it was Dickens’, but what do we know?) accompanies the film, and, as the classic story doesn’t lend itself to platforming, it’s a mish-mash of minigames and point ’n’ click puzzles.

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

Jan 25, 2010

More Info

GenreAdventure
Description

It’s a packed cart that includes the text of the book as well as ‘advent calendar’ puzzles that unlock in the run-up to Christmas (fiddle with the DS’ internal clock if you must). It’s a bumper festive parcel, but one full of fruit rather than chocolate.

PlatformDS
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating7+
Release date3 November 2009 (US), 6 November 2009 (UK)
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