Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 19 out of 25
  1. The Golden Compass is just another family-friendly film cash-in with few redeeming qualities.
  2. Anyway, not to belabor the point, but the most golden of compasses will point in the only direction that truly matters. Away. [Jan 2008, p.51]
  3. 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.
  4. Simply shocking; it is a poorly put together mishmash of ideas that never gels. Ugly, repetitive and painfully boring, its mercifully short length and rousing orchestral score are its only redeeming qualitites.
  5. 40
    Disappointing, unpolished, and disjointed, the game is thankfully short enough that the minigames and Pan's animal powers don't grow overly tiresome. That sentiment applies for the entire game though -- the simplistic gameplay is tedious, but there's little of it so it never manages to provoke high levels of vitriol.
  6. 35
    Even if you were completely charmed by Philip Pullman's work or enjoyed the movie adaptation, there's absolutely no reason to give this game a try. Even the music, as pretty as it is, can't redeem such poor gameplay and atrocious presentation.
  7. It pains me to say this, but turn off your TV and just read the book or head to your local theater. This is a story everyone must experience, just don’t try interacting with it.
  8. Above the annoyances and lack of originality is the absence of something every game needs to survive: fun gameplay.
  9. No matter how hard you look trying to find something good about this game, you won’t come up with anything. Trust me, I tried.
  10. The ideas aren't all bad and on paper this must have sounded like a rich and promising game. However, the game far overreaches itself and the coding, visuals and execution of those ideas is comprehensively unpolished.
  11. A confusing tie-in that delights in the incompetence of its young audience, The Golden Compass makes absolutely no sense. Still, at least we got to throw projectiles at a monkey. [Issue 28, p.96]
  12. The camera moves about uncontrollably, making it hard to navigate certain areas or get a lock on enemies. Do not walk in this game's direction.
  13. Its sheer randomness and awfulness is a remarkable sight.
  14. There’s no excuse for just how bad and unfinished The Golden Compass turned out to be. This is one experience that should have been left in the theatres.
  15. Its shear randomness and awfulness is a remarkable sight. Take it from us that its not a spectacle you need to witness first hand, nor have staining your Gamertag forever more.
  16. A terrible depiction of the book, but not much of a surprise to anyone that saw the film. It does a very bad job of turning a story that isn’t suited to it into a game, as everything about it feels tacked on and not in keeping with the story in the slightest.
  17. 30
    The Golden Compass isn't the worst game based on a movie, but it's close. It's a combination of uninspired platforming, poorly implemented mini-games and slow and broken storytelling.
  18. In general, playing the game is a sinusoidal process of momentary elation as you uncover a new element, quickly followed by deep disappointment as you discover it’s a piece of crap.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 3 out of 3
  1. Sep 5, 2013
    The last three letters in the title 'The Golden Compass' literally define this game. I have never played a more boring game ever. You could read my science book and be more fascinated. If you hate someone, then this is a great gift to give them. If you give this to someone as a gift, they will most likely never speak to you again. If you give it to your spouse, (s)he will divorce you and move thousands of miles away. Anyone who loves this game is really stupid and needs their brain checked. Full Review »
  2. May 9, 2013
    I picked the game up for $0.99, and the game is pretty pathetic. True, there are enjoyable moments, like fighting a tank while riding on an armored bear, but for most of the game you're stuck playing boring mini games as Lyra instead of destroying monsters. Overall, it's worth my one dollar, but not much more. Full Review »
  3. Nikolai
    Dec 31, 2007
    Why do software developers continue to create games based upon movies? No matter how much the studio offers you to make it, just say no. Almost every single time it's a dud. Boring gameplay for a relatively decent movie. Let the movie do its own business and stop selling out to make a few extra bucks. It will lend more credibility to you to develop original games rather than movie knock offs. Full Review »