The Golden Compass

Game review by Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Game falls short of both the film and the book.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 8 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Bad Controls

Bought this game for the DS and I'll never play it again. Never seen the movie and immediately forgot how to long jump. Tried to find help button and couldn't. Don't bother, this game is just a waste of your time and money.

This title has:

Too much consumerism
not rated for age

If you liked the book and movie you'll like the game

I rented this game for my ten year old son before we saw the movie. Having seen the movie the game now makes more sense. I myself find the graphics leave something to be desired but my son LOVES the game. It does show clips of the movie between "scenes", which surprised me because I did not know the Wii was capable of that type of graphic. I find the choice of only to playable characters limiting but the addition of Lyra's Daemon in several forms almost makes up for it. Players need to understand each Daemon's abilities and choose which form to take in order to advance in some areas, which might prove frustrating to younger children or those unfamiliar with the book/movie. All in all it is a fun game.

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