Coraline (Wii)

By Steven Marsh

Published on Sunday, February 8, 2009

Graphics: 1.00
Sound: 8.00
Gameplay: 1.00
Replays: 1.00
Gamelength: 1.00

When there’s a movie, there’s a game and D3Publisher does not fail to serve up the latest bad game based on a good movie by the same title, “Coraline”.

“Coraline” is one of those cute, yet off-the-wall movies that no one thought would show up during this time of the year. It’s so childlike, yet so dark and scary that it’s almost a contradiction in and of itself. That is to say at the very least that the movie is terrific. Tim Burton is a master of his craft and it shows each and every time he puts a new movie out. The game, however, is absolute trash and I have to wonder exactly which audience this was intended for. The game is too creepy and dark to be child-friendly, yet it’s too basic and linear to cater to the needs of an older gamer. Either way, let’s take a trip into the world of movies yet again as we visit the gaming iteration of “Coraline” for the Nintendo Wii.

First of all, for a game based on such a beautiful movie, this thing sure is ugly. At the very least, I honestly expected this game to at least have impressive visuals, even if the rest of it just wasn’t very good. Such is life, I guess. Textures are very ugly, the game is very grainy as a whole and there’s not a whole lot of color. On the plus side, the art design of the movie is still in place, so at least it has that going for it. Still, I wish there was more effort put into the graphics here because that’s a primary aspect of movie to game conversions.

At least one thing remains in tact: The music and voice acting. It’s all spot-on with the movie and quite appealing. Sound effects are crisp and clear, while music sets the atmospheric tone perfectly and the voice acting is absolutely A-grade. Too bad it all feels misplaced because of the overall terrible quality of the game. But still, fans of the movie can at least enjoy one aspect of this game, right?

As for the gameplay, if you can call it that, it’s more of a seek-and-find with a few annoying minigames. For the most part, you’re just running around as Coraline in very limited, sealed off, lacklusters environments looking for things that lead to the next place you ultimately have to go. There are puzzle minigames, reaction-based button timing minigames and other random jumble that just don’t do anything to make the game fun at all. The very beginning is pretty cool, admittingly, but once you enter the darker parts of the game, the presentation just sinks very rapidly downhill. It’s not a very long game and while the story does closely follow the movie with very, very few differences, it just isn’t the same experience; not even close. Save your money and just go buy a few movie tickets to see the movie a few more times or even better still: Pre-order the DVD for it’s inevitable release in a few months. This game just isn’t worth the time or effort. I apologize for the brief review, but there just isn’t anything else to say. Pass on this game. Save yourself and get out while you can.

Overall, D3Publisher shouldn’t have published this game. No one should have published this game. The movie is terrific, but avoid this game at all costs.


-There are people who actually bought this game.

Bottom Line:
This is one of the worst games ever released for the Wii, as far as I’m concerned. Avoid it.

Overall Rating: 1.00

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