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  • Summary: The Spiderwick Chronicles is a video game based on the theatrical release by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Films. The game recreates the fantastical world of the Spiderwick film and best-selling book series. The Spiderwick Chronicles video game recreates the world of Jared, Simon and Mallory Grace, putting gamers in their shoes as they discover a hidden world of fantastical creatures - sprites, ogres, goblins, brownies and more. [Sierra Entertainment] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Movie licensed titles are often less than satisfactory, but The Spiderwick Chronicles manages to pair decent gameplay with impressive production values.
  2. While it’s far from perfect, The Spiderwick Chronicles makes for an enjoyable adventure, especially for young ones. Genre fans might find it a bit too simple, but those who aren’t above playing a “kid’s game” will find a surprisingly respectable adventure title.
  3. If children don't become bored easily, this game could offer endless hours of exploration and problem-solving. However, the slow pace may become annoying for those in need of more action.
  4. Inventory restrictions, abundance of backtracking and run of the mill production values make things pretty average.
  5. It manages to take some advantage from the movie license. Its gameplay is accessible but interesting, with simple puzzles, platform jumps and combo based combats. It will please its target audience. [March 2008]
  6. 60
    Lacks a final polish, the combat and exploration can get repetitive, and the visuals are poor. However, there are a number of minor features which will please fans such as the entries in the Field Guide and Thimbletack’s tendency to rhyme.
  7. I was surprised at how simple and fun the fairy collection was, but the combat mechanics are a dull affair. Traipsing around in the walls isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and the game’s reliance on the field guide is a lazy design trick.

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  1. Dec 28, 2011
    In comparison to the 2008 movie, the game is a good surprise. The CGI world created is big enough to fit the story portrayed by the movie, and much more appealing, with lush vegetation and natural environments that immerse you right into the game. There's a very good amount of fun, extra missions to complete besides the main story missions, which is also very well sized. The characters are also fun to play with. Overall, The Spiderwick Chronicles is a surprisingly well balanced, and fun game for it's genre. Expand