The Adventures of Tintin: the Game

Quiffly does it

Horn of the unicorn

You quickly detect the Ubisoft feel. As I play I get déjà vu of Assassins Creed and Tomb Raider, but for children. It’s really a shame that things quickly start to get very repetitive. How many times do I have to make the same ship's flags line up with the same picture of a Unicorn?

The Adventures of Tin Tin

I fart in your general direction

The game has three modes: story, two-player co-op and challenge. In story mode, I spent my time not only fighting enemies, from butlers to pirates, but I also enjoyed getting my swashbuckle on with a bit of sword fighting. This is where Kinect finally starts to earn its money, with a bit of hack and slash against a swarm of smelly brigands.

Be sure to block using the on-screen cues to stop an early death - or non-death indicated by stars above Tintin's head rather than lashings of pixel ketchup.

The Adventures of Tin Tin

Haddock's smashed again

Shooting baddies from a sidecar, while the always less-than-enthusiastic Captain Haddock drives hell for leather through the desert, has obviously been on my bucket list for a while now. Yes, the movements were guided, which again will annoy most hardcore gamers, but I think that this will actually appeal to this game's target audience.

With a charming and endearing story Tintin filled ten hours of my weekend and it finally gave me a chance to feel I was getting my money's worth out of Kinect.

The Adventures of Tin Tin

Swingers party

If you’ve bought Modern Warfare 3, then Tintin isn’t for you, but even though it’s flawe, I have to admit I had a lot of fun.

Verdict

The Adventures of Tintin brought me back into a world, I am ashamed to say, I had forgotten. Yes it’s a simple and repetitive game, and obviously it’s aimed at a young audience, but I think the appeal of Tintin is universal. It’s a pity this game never fully reaches its potential or comes close to the genius that is Hergé’s storytelling. ®

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The Adventures of Tin Tin

The Adventures of Tintin: the Game

Anchors Away. Available on Xbox 360 (tested), PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and PC.
Price: £30 RRP