The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008, Game, 360) – 6/10 review

Spiderwick Chronicles, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The (2008)

Three children unexpectedly find themselves locked in a battle for survival over the fate of a book written by their grandfather. Making things rather more challenging, the battle is against creatures that no-one thought existed and no-one can see unless they are looking through a small magic stone ring.

6/10

Movie game which works well as an advertisement and well enough as a game. It’s principle problem is that a child couldn’t complete it (the collection quests include one or two which you just won’t find without a walkthrough) and it sometimes feels a little over-complicated but it generates a good sense of the movie and there are some nice touches. For instance, the animation of the Stray Sods who guard their patches diligently and watch you like a hawk when you wander by, goblins whose saucepan helmets can be knocked off, the playable characters looking at items of interest as you run by and tinkly harp sound effects for Thimbletack going up and down wires.

This Spiderwick Chronicles, The game contains fantasy violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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