Did you know that this Belgian reporter has turned 80 this year? An amazing feat if you ask me. I wondered how Snowy can live that long. 80 x 7 = 560! Snowy is ancient and still bounces around happily with his cowlicked friend. Tintin. I have heard rumors that Steven Speilberg is directing a Tintin movie and that is awesome! Only if I, also a writer, could have as much fun as Tintin. He's gone everywhere! To the moon, under the sea, what a life. I simply love this guy, but then there comes a time where love becomes disgust. Infogrames, the same people who brought us Alone in the Dark, Unreal Tournament 2003, and Roller Coaster Tycoon, decided to make 3 games based on Tintin. Tintin in Tibet in 1995 for the SNES as well as Destination Adventure in 2001 for the PSX. Both of those games were never published in the US and you need a mod chip to play them. Therefore, the only game to play is this one. Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun for the SNES released in 1997!
What a pile of moldy cheese this turned out to be. The best thing that has to be said about it is that the graphics are very much like the cartoon. I was surprised to see how well it turned out. They are vibrant but not too much. Just the right amount of color that would make you feel like you are reading the book. It even has the text bubbles that you would expect to see in a Tintin book in the game. Despite my praise here, there's often people or objects in the way of the action. You are walking by and there's a man's ugly mug looking straight at you in front of Tintin. It say, oh, look what we can do with the graphics. That's nice and all, but you have a problem. Every other screen has this same guy standing there. It's like you are in the Flinstones or something. Running in loops! That's terribly annoying. My only gripe about the graphics.
The sound isn't so bad for the first few times you listen to it. It's got its pows and its bangs and its aughs! But the music is just the same song looped over and over. Again with the Flintstone rubbish! Why does everything have to loop? It's like playing a mobius strip that gets you nowhere! Monotony is the best cure for anything that this game can do. I guess I can gripe more about that, but I already did so in the graphics so why bother?
The gameplay is standard, get to the end of the level fare. Which is fine for a while. But since this is Tintin we are talking about, we just can't have a straight shot at anything. First off, the time never goes out. I pointed up in my first gameplay picture. I watched it go around 5 times before it finally gave me a time up. I can understand that if it went around once, it would be a time up. It's a clock so it needs to go around once! I could eat a sandwich and watch Monk in the time it takes to give me a time up. In one level, I had to climb a tree to find a bloody handprint, control the Captain who does nothing at all as well as Tintin while dodging bullets, pick up a stick to hit the man shooting the bullets at me, only to realize that the man shooting at me was behind a door! I was a bit irritated to say the least. Suddenly, we are in a car swerving other cars trying to kill us. So we went through all that trouble to find the guy shooting at me only to get into a car with no climax? Why did I need to pick up that stick? Gah!
The validity of this game is just so wrong. Why would a bloody handprint so high up in a tree? There's a scene in the first level where you have to dodge people. They don't even look like they are bad either. Dodge the janitors! They'll hurt you Tintin! Same with that little girl's ball in the cup! Don't let the ball in the cup kill you Tintin! But then, there's no death in this game. You don't even die, you get tired. If I got shot in the chest 6 times in real life and all it did would make me tired, then everything would be nice then wouldn't it? Just a big string of mishaps this game throws at you in its EVIL intentions.
Wait a minute... I just realized something...
This game is a complete rip off of The Lion King! The Lion King (1994) for the SNES, PC, NES, and Genesis was one of the best sidescrollers to ever be conceived outside of Mario for the platform. It followed everything perfectly from the movie AND played wonderfully. I must say it's a great movie adaptation to game. At least the SNES and Genesis ones did, I never played the others. We all know how much I love that movie. I jus' cant w8 2 b lolking!
Tintin, you are awesome, and I love you. But I can't forgive you for copying the great Lion King. I love to read your books and watch your show, but I will never pick up another video game of yours ever again. I can only hope that your movie is as great as the show and the comics. Thanks for 80 years of great reading!
Happy e3 everybody!! :D