Blistering Barnacles! I am a huge Tintin fan, having read most of
the books and was so excited to have just had loads of hands-on with
The Adventures of Tintin, released for mobile plaforms like the
iPad, iPhone and Android. I personally played the iPad version and
as a showcase for iPad games, it certainly shone.
Based on the recently released Tintin movie, the game follows
closely the film's locales and events. Both are based on a loose
amalgamation of three Tintin books (The Secret of the Unicorn, The
Crab with the Golden Claws, and Red Rackhamís Treasure). For those
unfamiliar with the books, Tintin buys a model ship from a market
and discovers a secret kept within it and it is this secret that
entwines Tintin, Captain Haddock and trusty canine Snowy into an
adventure spanning distant lands and times.
The game is controlled from an over the shoulder perspective, with
the player taking control of Tintin (and others) using the
ubiquitous virtual thumbstick in the bottom left. Thereís the
nominal screen touching and sliding to interact with the
environment, like when you need to move planks out of the way or
climb a ladder. In more drastic times, for example when Tintin is
being tackled, quicktime events appear and you are given a short
amount of time for pressing or sliding. Also scattered throughout
the game are some casual stealth scenes and cutting-the-rope
puzzles, keeping the gameplay pretty fresh and varied. Each episode
is very satisfying to complete. Difficulty wise, this is one easy
game, and itíll take around 3-5 hours to finish.
The graphics match the movie well, with detailed backdrops and
character models - there is no mistaking that this is one beautiful
game. Unfortunately, the voices could do with some tweaking.
Tintin sounds like a North American doing a bad impression of an
Englishman though there are some smatterings of some excellent voice
acting. The music and ambient sound, though, are well implemented
with a suitable varied soundtrack that is a fine accompaniment to
the mood of the different episodes.
One unfortunate issue that I found with the game was that although
it follows the movie closely, due to time restraints, I assume, some
of the story has been rewritten. Key sequences from the movie have
been cut, which would be fine, if further along in the game, there
were no references to these missing events. I had no issues
following the plot as I have seen the movie, but people who have not
seen the movie will be left scratching their head at these holes.
For example how can Tintin know about a scrap of paper that he has
never found or read. The conclusion of the game also seems to have
been hurriedly brought forward, missing some vital sequences in the
All in all, this was an enjoyable romp and follows the movie pretty
closely. It does show the capabilities of the iPad well and is an
impressive game to play and show your friends. The game is pretty
short and very easy, so will suit younger players, as well as fans
of the film or books. Impressive effort by Gameloft.