Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Xbox

Metascore
70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
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  1. Most of the game is presented in the standard 3-D platformer presentation. However, when players must rely on the talents of little Sunny, the game shifts its perspective to that of an old-school 2-D side scroller.
  2. That's the big thing this title has going for it. It's fun to experience this amazing world, and if there was something focused on during the game design it was making sure that the world was a good place to go play in.
  3. The gameplay is pretty undemanding but fundamentally sound; the different characters manage the spice the game up a bit, as well. The game would be rated higher if the length was a touch longer; it clocks in at just over 5 hours.
  4. This is certainly one game that every child should play, even if you have to rent it. I'm also betting that more than a few adults are going to get hooked on the simple old-school adventure gameplay that oozes with charm and a unique vision that mirrors the movie and the novels that inspired them both.
  5. Despite an interesting story and what should have been a solid puzzle solving game engine, it just turns out to be too easy and to be honest a little on the boring side for me.
  6. Nintendo Power
    72
    The pacing, variety, and control are spot-on. [Feb 2005, p.113]
  7. 71
    A faithful rendition of the books and should please young fans. The gameplay at times feels a bit too dumbed down, but is overall an excellent example of what can be done with a game designed specifically for children.
  8. AceGamez
    70
    The game as a whole is very forgiving - too forgiving in fact. If you're an experienced gamer, or even an adult who plays occasionally, you shouldn't find the puzzles, bad guys, bosses or exploration too much of a hindrance and will probably complete the game in about 10 hours.
  9. If you know a younger gamer who would get a kick out of inventing jetpacks out of fire extinguishers, you'll definitely want to pick it up. Unfortunately, that narrows the game's niche down quite a bit.
  10. What hurts the game though is the fact that it's so short, with little replay value and most players are likely to complete the whole thing in two or three sittings.
  11. Not nearly as rewarding as the story that inspired it. Lemony Snicket gives you more than a collection of mini-games. It's too bad these non-mini-games involve miniature tasks like taking out weak enemies and fighting weak boss battles.
  12. Tim Curry fills in doing the voice of narrator Lemony Snicket, and he does a fine job being dry, sharp-witted and, well... Tim Curry.
  13. 64
    Sadly, this unfortunate game is brought down by boring gameplay and inadequate length.
  14. Game Informer
    63
    The wry subtlety of the novels' text pops up once in a while, but not nearly enough, which leaves only a derivative and dull game where there could have been a humorous midadventure. [Jan 2005, p.119]
  15. 60
    All the timed events, amusing physics-based puzzles, likeable characters, and strange contraptions will be a treat for fans of the books and movie.
  16. Calling them puzzles is a bit of a misnomer - calling them Slightly Challenging Platformy Bits That You Don't Have To Think About is far more accurate, if not quite as catchy.
  17. The difficulty level is accommodating for youngsters, although the controls can be unwieldy. Sadly, the fun is short-lived, with no multi-player modes or replay appeal.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. MaddieS.
    Sep 27, 2005
    6
    Sort of O.K., I guess. didn't take long to complete, unfortunately.
  2. Girlygirl
    Jan 28, 2005
    0
    This game was so frustrating, i hated it and it was way to easy, i beat it in 4 hours.