Developer: Shiny Entertainment
N Amer - 12/04/2007
Intl - 11/16/2007
E3 2007 Preview
Based on the upcoming fantasy film, The Golden Compass from SEGA is an action platformer that borrows heavily from the movie, even including twelve minutes of footage. The game won’t be unfamiliar territory for anyone who’s played an action platformer, and should be a good investment for fans of the franchise.
A brief clip of the game showcased some interesting “vehicular” elements, with your character riding a polar bear. The polar bear mechanics allow you to attack and throw your enemies around, as well as navigate through some platforming situations.
Outside of the polar bear areas, the game looked like a pretty standard platformer, with a few interesting elements. You’ll be able to use your demon buddy in order to solve puzzle situations. This character can change into a cat, ferret, bird, and a sloth, and will require you to use each of these abilities at given moments. For example, the bird ability allows you to float to the ground and get further when you jump, the cat lets you climb up certain walls, the sloth lets you grab far away ledges and swing around, and the ferret allows you to see the playing field farther and will crawl up and down your shoulders to give you more balance while traversing narrow ledges.
While the game looked fairly simplistic, the short clip showed a game that will likely appeal to the audience that it’s geared to, namely fans of the upcoming film and the younger set.
The Golden Compass brings gamers into the world of the upcoming fantasy film.
Reviewer: Steven Hopper
Review Date: 07/13/2007