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  • Summary: Based on the unfortunately successful book series and the feature film starring Jim Carrey, this is the tale of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, whose parents perish in a fire. Soon after, they are sent to live with their sinister uncle, Count Olaf, in a most cavernous mansion. GreatBased on the unfortunately successful book series and the feature film starring Jim Carrey, this is the tale of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, whose parents perish in a fire. Soon after, they are sent to live with their sinister uncle, Count Olaf, in a most cavernous mansion. Great tragedy becomes greater misfortune as Olaf's despicable plans are revealed and the siblings must combine forces to prevent the Count and his henchmen from seizing their immense family fortune. Switch among the Baudelaire orphans and utilize their special skills as you journey through 15 perilous missions, from the deep catacombs beneath Olaf’s mansion to the gloomy shores of Lake Lachrymose. Collect household items with Violet, the intrepid inventor, and assemble them into cool contraptions for puzzle-solving and combat. Wield those items with Klaus, the brave intellect, to battle Olaf’s minions. And mind the tottering toddler, Sunny, as she chomps valiantly through obstacles in the orphans’ path with her 4 very sharp teeth. Should you emerge victorious in your attempt to foil Count Olaf's wicked plans, rest assured your success will be temporary, as only woe awaits you in A Series of Unfortunate Events. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. The PC version of the game was changed for the worse; the console versions are recommended due to their more accurate control scheme and level variety.
  2. Parents of these children will also enjoy this game--I laughed out loud more than once--but any experienced gamer will find it a transient challenge that is over much too quickly.
  3. The game as a whole is very forgiving - too forgiving in fact. If you're an experienced gamer, or even an adult who plays occasionally, you shouldn't find the puzzles, bad guys, bosses or exploration too much of a hindrance and will probably complete the game in about 10 hours.
  4. Combined with the already short length, Snicket on the PC is an "unfortunate event" that you can probably pass on in favor of one of the console versions. Even the GBA game is better than this.
  5. Overall the gameplay is far too simple for any casual gamer but it's sure to keep kids entertained even if they haven't seen the movie or read any of the novels.
  6. 60
    The console versions have more variety in level design, more distinct roles for each of the children and a longer play time. Heck, I could finish the PC version in less time than it would take to watch the movie.
  7. The sort of game that screams, "average!" at every turn. [March 2005, p.83]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. JeremiahS.
    Dec 25, 2004
    10
    Great game.
  2. FekonaSilence
    Nov 17, 2004
    10
    Cool game!!!
  3. Mar 6, 2012
    6
    A bit of a good game, but it felt too forgiving and had little to no replay value, besides the fact that this is in fact moddable thanks toA bit of a good game, but it felt too forgiving and had little to no replay value, besides the fact that this is in fact moddable thanks to the Unreal Engine that powered it. Collapse
  4. Aug 25, 2015
    6
    A decent game. You can play as all three characters, it is a standard 3D action adventure where you gather items to create new inventions toA decent game. You can play as all three characters, it is a standard 3D action adventure where you gather items to create new inventions to overcome obstacles. It is basically really similar to the Harry Potter games, at least the first three ones. You run around, collect items, get new skills, explore surroundings to find secrets, fight bad guys ...
    The game is quite short, it is quite enjoyable, but not memorable in any way. The only slightly unique thing is the item-collecting as you actually always have a list of items that you have to gather which resembles some traditional point-and-click adventure games, making this game a real 3D action ADVENTURE game. :D

    If it actually followed the books and told the whole story, that would have been a completely different case. Unfortunately, it is just a game version of the movie. The movie was good, I liked it, even though I was not the fan of the mixing of the first three books into one story. The same goes for the game. It's a mix of everything that's quite good ... but because we've seen it many times already, it is not spectacular.
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  5. Dec 17, 2012
    5
    Good game, but it has a lot of problems. It's not even comparable to the book.
    4.75 out of 10, for me.