Dec 7, 2007
The Golden Compass gives new meaning to the all-too-common phrase ‘disappointing movie tie-in’. Perhaps if the film wasn’t quite as epic, or the Philip Pullman book it’s based on quite so engaging, we wouldn’t have been so crushed to find the game is such guff.
The opening level is hugely disappointing, and that sets the tone for the rest of the game. Confusingly, the game starts at the end of the story, with heroine Lyra racing round the Arctic searching for her pal Roger on the back of Iorek the polar bear. Unless you know the story, it all seems a bit mad and the game never really explains why you’re there and who everyone is. Still, it’s a forgivable oversight because - after all - this is the game of the film.