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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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