Electronic Theatre Preview: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

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Electronic Theatre ImageWhen I found out that a game (and a movie) was being made of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, my heart sank. There goes another of my childhood memories down the pan. But I was a little pleasantly surprised by this title currently in development for the Game Boy Advance (and many other consoles).

You begin the game playing as Lucy, although through various parts of the game you play as different characters depending on where you are in the plot and sometimes you control one character while the others are on screen.

For those of you who don’t know the plot (shame on you!) a group of four children are sent away to live at a relatives house and on a rainy day discover a magical land inside the wardrobe. I won’t give away any more but from what I saw it seems to follow the general plot of the book quite well.

The controls are simple to master and work well with this game; new controls are explained to you as you come across them usually by characters you meet in the game. It doesn’t look like there is a levelling-up system as such but different items will increase your strength and abilities. For example, a furry coat you begin with gives you protection +2 against the cold, which can make you go slower and maybe decrease your health should you stay out in the cold land of Narnia for too long.

One of my concerns with this game was that it would lose the books inherently English feel. My fear was dispelled, though, when Mr Tummnus the Fawn offers you a drink and one of the replies you can give (some responses are multiple choice) is “ooh tea would be splendid”.

Apparently it helps in this game if you know the story, just with what answers to give and such like but it certainly wouldn’t hinder you if you didn’t and indeed the title seems to tell a lot of the story quite in-depth so you don’t miss out on what happens in the plot.

I thought I would hate this game just because, as I said, I thought it would ruin the story, but instead have ended up looking forward to this. I’d just hope it would maybe inspire people who enjoyed the game to go and read all of the enchanting Chronicles of Narnia books which have made it into the modern day classic we love.

 

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