Parents' Guide to

Journey to the Center of the Earth

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Confusing movie-based game with poor controls.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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Some of the mini-games (the rock-climbing and fossil gathering in particular) are mildly entertaining, but the exploration part of the game is dull and hampered by poor controls and a confusing map that makes it all to easy to get lost. Furthermore, the game suffers from inadequate instructions so that it's hit or miss whether something is going to make sense. For example, if you drag Sean's hands over to a hole in the rock with the stylus, it will make him climb up the wall in his rock-climbing mini-game, but nowhere is that explained to you – you have to stumble upon it by accident.

If the game were better crafted it could have been a decent problem-solving action game. As it stands, though, Journey to the Center of the Earth just doesn't pass muster. It's a shame, because the Nintendo DS version appears to be the only stab anyone's taking at making a game out of the film – so Journey to the Center of the Earth fans are stuck with it.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release date: June 30, 2008
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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