Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
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  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. 70
    There is a big area to delve into, the music is great, and there is a lot of gameplay variety. There's something new to find around every corner, and that's something I can't say about enough games. The Chronicles could get younger players hooked on adventure gaming.
  5. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    An enjoyable and enchanting adventure with a few flaws but fountains of fun, especially (but not exclusively) for kids. [Mar 2008, p.70]
  6. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    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]
  7. Inventory restrictions, abundance of backtracking and run of the mill production values make things pretty average.
  8. If you're looking for a simple adventure game based on an enjoyable license, you'll probably enjoy this one.
  9. 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.
  10. 50
    The Spiderwick Chronicles is a standard licensed game -- it's got just enough content to make a virtual reenactment of the Human/Goblin war worthwhile for fans of the franchise.
  11. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Combat is totally hit and miss thanks to a crippling camera. [Apr 2008, p.112]
  12. PSM3 Magazine UK
    The combat's too easy, and the lead characters are horrible. [May 2008, p.78]
  13. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#44 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2008
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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, andIn 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. Full Review »