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Gameplay 8.7
Graphics 8.7
Sound 8.0
Value 8.7
Distributor: Funtastic
Classification:
G
Review Date:
June 30
Reviewer:
Jye Nelson

8.7


The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is currently being screened at cinemas across Australia which is based on the popular novels by C.S. Lewis and this is the official sequel from the first block buster movie.

The game itself is loosely based on the movie with some artistic flair thrown in to turn this into an immersive game aimed at the more younger gamer, although older gamers who enjoyed the novels and the movies will still find this title rather entertaining.

Features:

  • Players take the role of 20 playable characters, including Narnians (non-humans)
  • Cooperative drop-in/drop-out multiplayer allows two players to work together both locally and online
  • Non-linear level structure enables players to explore multiple paths in any order
  • A combination of puzzle solving and action combat gameplay
  • Team-up with characters to combine abilities

For those unaware of the series, in the original novel and movie, the three Pevensie children from Earth during World War II magically found a wardrobe that took them into the land of Narnia where they enlisted to fight a battle against the Ice Queen.

In the sequel, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, it once again returns the children to Narnia, however 500 years has passed since their last visit and it is up to the children to assist Prince Caspian reclaim his throne that was seized by the nefarious King Miraz.

The developers make good use of in-game cutscenes and also scenes from the movie which assist in progressing the story, however if you have not read the first novel or seen the first movie, you may be a little lost to what actually is going on as this is a true sequel.  

The gameplay of Prince Caspian is your classic adventure game where the player must solve puzzles, fight a plethora of endless enemies and engage in a variety of mission objectives as they attempt to reclaim the throne for the true heir of Narnia.

Best of all, the title contains a great co-op mode that allows a second player to join into the action at any point in the game which is great for those areas where you may be having a little bit of difficulty.

Best of all, the player must swap between the various characters in the game as each character has their own unique abilities which must be used in conjunction with the gaming environment. The combat of Prince Caspian is a little repetitive as the enemies continuously respawn but it does assist in immersing you into this magical universe and there are some interesting boss battles.

The game does contain a variety of puzzles and places that you must reach as you fight your way to your intended destinations but best of all, the puzzles are aimed at the younger gamers who should have no difficulties in solving them as they push stone buttons and levers to solve their puzzles.

Graphically, the title is visually impressive on the XBox 360, however the colour palette is rather dark and muted at places. The gaming environments are quite detailed and match that with some great special effects and the title is one of the better games available. 

The developers have ensured to replicate a variety of places from the second movie which have all been successfully implemented into the gaming world from the forests of Narnia to the mythical ruins.

The soundtrack of the title suits the genre perfect with its majestic ambience that changes with the gameplay and match that with some realistic sound effects from battles to the sounds of Narnia and this nicely rounds up the title. 

In conclusion, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian doesn’t offer anything new to the genre, however fans of the series will enjoy this interactive gaming experience as they experience the wondrous world of C.S. Lewis, just be warned that you need some prior knowledge of the first novel to appreciate the game.






 
 



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