Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. With its varied mission objectives, well designed co-operative gameplay and highly impressive graphics, it's a joy to play - most of the time.
  2. Narnia is a slay ride with Santa Claus level of novelty for big fans of the books and/or movies, but a simplistic, repetitive but sometimes fun fantasy-action game for anyone else. Who are you gonna be?
  3. I can happily recommend Narnia to people who really enjoyed the films, particularly the younger 9-11 age group, but if you really are a fan of the licence and you are older than my recommended age group then just ignore me, because I'm sure you'll love it - and I'm sure you'll really appreciate the snowy adventurous levels, complimented with those classic clips from the film.
  4. The relative ease of the gameplay and the downplay of violence makes this an excellent game for kids of all ages - yet it's not completely sucky. A first-rate adventure for everyone.
  5. 83
    Narnia stands as a near perfect example of how to make a movie-based videogame the right way. Everything from the combat system and level design to the game’s visual presentation just scream quality.
  6. Kids with better patience than adults will marvel at the great visuals and probably forgive any of the shortcomings we have picked out. For starters it’s immensely frustrating in places and perhaps a little on the short side.
  7. 70
    In spite of all these problems and all the times I threw my controller at the screen while yelling at the fellow Pevensie children for being such dolts, I kept coming back to play. It is engaging, and in parts quite enjoyable.
  8. This console and PC trip through the Wardrobe is a mostly run-of-the-mill action adventure that might hold some measure of appeal to fans of the film, but not so much anyone else.
  9. The four Narnia kids all have skills which complement one another, and they can be upgraded by exchanging the many tokens that can be found around the levels.
  10. The melee combat is competent, but when many enemies are onscreen, things turn into a bit of a button-mashing clusterf***.
  11. A faithful recreation of the world of Narnia, which frustrates and delights in not quite equal measure, but avoids being whiffy. [Apr 2006, p.98]
  12. A beautiful, action-packed game that fans of the genre will find very interesting.
  13. It’s impossible to deny this title’s appeal, with its excellent use of an excellent license, adept implementation of team combos, and picturesque scenery. If you’re a hardcore gamer, you’ll notice the flaws and lack of depth, but even then, Narnia is still likely to weave a spell on you.
  14. There's plenty of puzzling-out what to do next but it's never too basic or too complex. You get a good sense of achievement out of completing chapters and get to regularly unlock new moves for your efforts.
  15. Things start off a little dodgy, but in the end this is a fitting game for a film that has so very much to live up to. [Dec 2005, p.64]
  16. What's here is good -- better than you would expect -- and yet it all feels a little to cookie-cutter at times, and the gameplay tends to deteriorate towards the end. It's a solid licensed game, but minus the license, it's just too average.
  17. I don't give it my highest recommendation, but fans of the film should be delighted with the game, and the rest of you may be pleasantly surprised by it.
  18. If you are a big fan of the movie, your enjoyment of the game, regardless of its weaknesses, will probably be good. However, if you know nothing of the plot of Narnia, the game may very well become a tedious and confusing encounter.
  19. A Lord of the Rings clone that's a bit like an ice sculpture: solid and pretty, but doesn't last long. [GamesMaster]
  20. It’s small on action, has a restricted camera angle and is pretty weak in the challenge department, but the act of working with four different characters to help them save Narnia (and themselves) is pretty fun.
  21. 71
    Children might not be too critical of the game's smaller blemishes such as the mind numbing collecting of coins and an often unfair camera that is completely fixed in position.
  22. Has a good feel of the world of Narnia in it, but as a game it is rather dull and average. Good fun for the fans of the movie. [Jan 2006]
  23. As the game wears on, the simple pleasures of the gameplay fade, and the incredibly frustrating boss battles mount in aggravation, leaving us with nothing more than another unsatisfying licensed game. [Dec 2005, p.159]
  24. 65
    The incredibly stupid AI is unforgivable and is something that shouldn't be an issue in any game these days.
  25. 60
    The game is visually appealing but does also suffer a few problems such as poor AI for your team mates, this is alleviated in multiplayer mode.
  26. While somewhat interesting in parts, most players will be only marginally amused by the effort, while those who grew up on the source material will be more inclined to come away feeling sadly disappointed.
  27. But while there is enjoyment to be found in co-operative play, the single player aspect ultimately suffers immensely as a result.
  28. The different challenges and abilities are so contrived that it's laughable. [Holiday 2005, p.90]
  29. A refreshingly good -- albeit a bit short -- movie-based game with a dose of ingenuity and plenty of memorable game-play moments for fans and action-adventure gamers alike.
  30. 70
    Although it may not match the majesty of the books, The Chronicles of Narnia is still a solid choice for a group of younger gamers.
  31. The Chronicles of Narnia does have its problems but it also succeeds bringing the movie across to a fairly decent and playable game.
  32. 60
    While the outdoor and indoor locales making up the game’s 15 stages are beautiful to behold, they are limiting in what you can and cannot do, which is disappointing.
  33. 60
    While The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe does have some issues with the A.I. not being smart enough to help you out when you most need it, it's not bad enough to make this a totally horrible game.
  34. A decent start to what will inevitably be a games series.
  35. Narnia makes for a decent adventure title on both systems, but it fails to do anything new or astounding. The game is also on the short and easy side, even with some of the unlockable extras.
  36. I don’t think you can fully appreciate the game without experiencing it in its other incarnations. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some reading to finish.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 16, 2011
    10
    i played this with a buddy after all our games got boring and i never had so much fun(besides star wars battlefront2). idk what it was, but the co op was fantastic and we played that game all night. Full Review »
  2. Jul 21, 2014
    7
    Uno de los mejores juegos basados en pelis que he jugado. Las batallas te mantenían distraído, aunque se hacía algo repetitivo en algunas zonas, un buen juego en general. Full Review »
  3. Apr 1, 2012
    6
    This game is best when played with someone else. A few frustrating gameplay moments in the game keeps it from being anywhere near great, but it is an okay game to play. Full Review »