Metascore
41

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 19 out of 25
  1. Young gamers will love it while it lasts, but in another case of movie-tie-in-itis it's no classic. [Jan 2007, p.60]
  2. There's no reason to play The Golden Compass unless the movie or book absolutely monopolizes your imagination. [Jan 2008, p.62]
  3. Despite its uninspired gameplay, the simple tasks and challenges may appeal to a younger audience, especially those that've seen the film. But if you're part of the "+" demographic in The Golden Compass' "E10+" rating, then you'll likely be bored soon after Iorek's opening wolf-whuppin' battle sequence.
  4. 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]
User Score
4.3

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
    1
    The last three letters in the title 'The Golden Compass' literally define this game. I have never played a more boring game ever. You couldThe 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
    4
    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 anI 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
    0
    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. 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 »