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Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Good-looking adaptation is hurt by basic gameplay and bugs.

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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

not worth it

I don't like this game because it glitched on the first level. waste of money.

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This adventure game manages to avoid almost everything that makes its source material appealing. The basics for Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia seems like a guaranteed hit. If you combine the creative storytelling and imagination of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro with the talents of DreamWorks Animation and the backing and reach of Netflix, you've got the recipe for success that's Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia. The series has built a huge following thanks to a near perfect combination of fantasy, comedy, and adventure that instantly grabs the attention of audiences young and old. Unfortunately for fans, virtually none of this carries over to Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia, the first major video game release based on the hit show.

One, and probably the only, real positive about Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia is its presentation. The game looks and sounds great, faithfully recreating the aesthetic of the show. Unfortunately, it all goes downhill from there. The gameplay has been oversimplified to the point that it lacks any sort of excitement. It quickly becomes a monotonous chain of jump, attack, jump, attack, wash, rinse, repeat. There's not a real challenge, at least not intentionally. There are some frustratingly difficult points that result not from innovative game design, but rather from technical glitches where the game completely falls apart and forces a restart. These literal game breaking moments are rare, but once is enough to discourage fans from even bothering to try again.

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