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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. 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Very linear, which may cut down on replayability. The look, feel and general style of the game makes for an entertaining game experience that will leave you smiling.
  2. The gameplay is pretty undemanding but fundamentally sound; the different characters manage the spice the game up a bit, as well. The game would be rated higher if the length was a touch longer; it clocks in at just over 5 hours.
  3. Despite an interesting story and what should have been a solid puzzle solving game engine, it just turns out to be too easy and to be honest a little on the boring side for me.
  4. The minigames and Sunny's bits are quite well-done, but the lackluster audio, sloppy controls and general lack of graphical punch drag the experience down.
  5. The wry subtlety of the novels' text pops up once in a while, but not nearly enough, which leaves only a derivative and dull game where there could have been a humorous midadventure. [Jan 2005, p.119]
  6. An average adventure game, well-presented but repetitive. Youngsters should find it easy to play. [GamesMaster]
  7. 15
    Some concepts are just not meant to be made into video games.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 4 out of 5
  1. Jul 10, 2012
    5
    It's a strange game, definitely. It's some fun if you're a child, but not really much of a challenge, not really much replay value here. That piano level is fun though. Expand
  2. YasminA.
    Oct 11, 2005
    3
    It is a somewhat interesting game but way to easy and babyish.
  3. BrennanS.
    Nov 12, 2005
    2
    The game was utterly boring, stupid, actionless, and easy, and I swear the last level made me go to sleep. Don't recommend: wasted $25 of my birthday $, and now I know why it's $25. This game sux. Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2014
    2
    A very linear platform game. You have 3 characters and you can switch between them. The whole presmise of the game is to encounter an obstacle in front of an important item, then one of the kids comes up with an idea using different obscure household items as a new invention to get around the obstacle to get their item. It's this pattern all the way through. They use voice acting directly from the movie. I got tired of it relatively quickly. This game wasn't for me Expand
  5. Feb 23, 2012
    0
    This game is just awful, it took me one hour to beat this game 100% and that included collecting all the puzzle pieces. do not buy this game. the only thing they did well is tell the story of the movie and the books but overall it's not worth the money Collapse