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  • Summary: The Da Vinci Code game is based on the "The Da Vinci Code" film by director Ron Howard, which is based on Dan Brown's novel -- the best-selling novel of all time which has spent more than two years on the New York Times best-seller list. It has also been translated into 42 languages. To date, there are more than 38.6 million copies of the novel in print, averaging more than two million copies sold each month. Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 34
  2. Negative: 13 out of 34
  1. 83
    There's about ten hours of play, much of which is an explanation of the plot, while the rest is a pedestrian and pretty boring romp in terms of game play mechanics, meaning that in the end you'll probably just want to complete the game for completing its sake.
  2. If you're a newcomer to the phenomenon of all this Jesus-themed, impossible code-breaking malarkey you'll find parts of The Da Vinci Code pretty bloody annoying. However, you'll find more to like as you explore, especially if you enjoyed Broken Sword.
  3. The puzzles are the meat of the gameplay, but it feels the need to make you kill time between puzzles by sneaking past idiots or beating the snot out of invalids.
  4. 50
    So then, another Hollywood movie, and another so-so game based on it. The Da Vinci Code has the right heritage but unfortunately suffers from the same disease as many of its ilk - it has been rushed to meet a release date without receiving the kind of polish that could have made a great game out of the subject matter.
  5. 48
    It doesn't offer enough puzzle variety for serious adventure fans, and the combat will irritate or bore most action aficionados.
  6. The overall impression is of a game that's both bravely and badly designed, and weighted towards the latter. [July 2006, p.84]
  7. My recommendation is that you don't purchase this game unless you are bald, for you are sure to pull out all of your hair in frustration.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 4 out of 5
  1. JordyG.
    May 18, 2006
    The da vinci code is a very simplistic game(in the way of brain straining but in a good way). All of the game is based around the book and movie. the story is the same Youre framed for murder and are on the run while trying to figure out the mysterious secrets of the da vinci code and find the real killer.This game is based upon one subject.Puzzles.all of these puzzles make you have to really push youre brain to the point of thinking.realllllllllly Thinking.The high point of the game is the puzzles and story which makes the game really adictive. the low point is the waaaaaaaay to simplistic and easy fighting system.Yes I said fighting system.This is simpler then opening a magazine and easyer then beating an infent at Scrabble. this is what keeps it from a 10. the cool part of the game is that most of the puzzles come straght from the book so in a way if youve read the book you can tell what the messages are. the book is like a little cheat guide. For anyone who wants a really good puzzle and story game you are in heaven. for fighting go play GTA. Expand
  2. xamox
    Jul 6, 2006
    quite boring and the puzzles aren't very intutive.
  3. BrianK.
    May 19, 2006
    Like watching a badly animated movie of the plot of the book, minus the characterization or action. Occasionally you get to move around a few steps. Seriously, I'd imagine a colonoscopy to be more fun. Expand
  4. Spartan234
    Aug 1, 2006
    Yet another awful movie-licensed game -- it's not like The Da Vinci Code would make a good game, anyways; the subject matter is best suited for cinema. In addition to the bad gameplay, The Da Vinci Code is also a buggy mess and has some of the worst combat ever seen in an action/adventure game. The AI for the security guards is so bad that you can just play this like a run-'n-gun shooter and forget the stealth elements. Expand
  5. May 6, 2012
    If you have a great movie, not problem, the big problem is do a game of an impossible movie to translate for the games, The Da Vinci Code is an excellent example. The novel and the movie are incredible, but the game is really boring, silence, with good graphics, but the rest is awful. Expand