Since the popular movie The Chronicles of Narnia is based on a children's book for kids ages 9 to 12, I chose to review the Game Boy Advance version of Narnia, because it is the only version that carries an "E" rating (the Nintendo DS version is "E+10", and the console/PC version is rated "T").
Families looking to recreate the storyline of this classic children's literature will be disappointed with the Game Boy Advance version. While the game does a nice job of graphically representing the world presented in the movie, the game play does not focus on the rich storyline; rather, it introduces combat where no combat was present in the movie.
In this "slash-and-dash" game, players become the Pevensie kids and spend most of their time running around the world of Narnia, fighting the minions of the evil White Witch. Only three of the 17 Chapters in the game are not about combat.
The game offers a few unique twists, such as having the players monitor their characters' health and warmth. Since the White Witch has turned Narnia into a winter wasteland, players need to seek ways to keep the Pevensie children warm, including finding fires and warm things to eat.
Another interesting aspect of the game play is the earning of Nobilities—special powers to do extraordinary things like calling others to you for help. Two-player cooperative play is available when two Game Boys are linked.
Because this game's main focus is battling and inflicting pain, it is inappropriate for young children, even though it is rated "E." Older children, especially teenage boys, who like the challenge of combat games, won't find much to excite them. While the game can be played on four different levels, there are few fighting options other than hitting the "A" button repeatedly.
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