Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 5 out of 10
  1. With repetitive, tedious gameplay, poor graphics and generic level designs, The Golden Compass is a mildly enjoyable fantasy videogame for younger audiences only; anyone above their formative years will not find the depth or enjoyment of the books in what boils down to yet another uninspired action adventure translation of a great movie license that couldn't be more by the numbers if it tried.
  2. There’s not really much more to say about the game other than just ranting about our horrible experience with it. Surely, that would bore you, our respected readers. We’re actually somewhat sorry that you’re being exposed to this game in the first place. Please, look elsewhere for gaming if you want to do yourselves a favor.
  3. The Golden Compass is just another family-friendly film cash-in with few redeeming qualities.
  4. 35
    Even the music, as pretty as it is, can't redeem such poor gameplay and atrocious presentation.
  5. As in many of these cases, if you liked the movie you’ll probably enjoy revisiting the story and characters. But that doesn’t make it a good game. [Jan 2008]
  6. Not a disaster, but sorely lacking in polish. It is riddled with problems and takes too many liberties with the franchise. [Christmas 2007, p.98]
  7. Golden Compass for the Playstation 2 is yet another turd of the black shit of death that Hollywood sees fit to squeeze upon the video games industry time after time. The only commendable facet of this monstrosity is the high quality of voice-acting. Buy the book or see the movie, but do not ever buy the game. [Jan 2008]
  8. Playing as either character simply isn't much fun. [Jan 2008, p.114]
  9. A crushing disappointment for fans of the book and film. Oh, and gamers generally, too. [Jan 2008, p.76]
  10. Short and yet boring, doesn’t bring anything new to the table and doesn’t even accomplish what it ought to. Only the biggest fans of the material will take some enjoyment out of this game.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. OhPoop
    Jul 11, 2008
    This game was terrible. The gameplay was ridiculous and boring. First off it starts from the middle of the story as a sort of tutorial, which was...playable I suppose. However, after you finishes the so called tutorial level, you are thrown back to the beginning of the story, where the game becomes absolute garbage. The gameplay becomes lame and unplayable, making you want to press a gun to your temple and pull the trigger within seconds. It's E.T. the game all over again folks. You have been forewarned. Full Review »
  2. ManuP.
    Dec 16, 2007
    Licence games have gotten better lately, but Golden Compass throws them back to the 90s. Straightforward, simple, boring. Some decent graphics in the action parts. Full Review »