The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: Friv Review

Friv5Online is an amazing studio. Only she succeeds in creating great LEGO arcades and tasteless, walk-through games based on Western blockbusters. You don't have to go far for an example - the wretched Transformers: The Game , the virtual embodiment of Michael Bay's masterpiece, came out not much earlier than LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, which turned out to be somewhat worse than the stellar epic, but at the same time left the most pleasant impression. Now on the agenda of the developers is a new part of the construction fun with the legendary Batman in the title role. In the meantime, we have to be content with another project under license: the cross-platform action game The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

The basis "Chronicle of Narnia. Prince Caspian" laid down the Hollywood epic of the same name, which, in turn, was based on the works of Clive Lewis. The tape, which debuted this summer, became the second in the history of the fairy kingdom of Narnia. The first part illustrated the adventure of four children, through a wardrobe trapped in a parallel fantasy world. The sequel again took the audience to a magical land, this time torn apart by a terrible war. Having relied on mass carnage, the creators of the tape managed to raise the dynamics of on-screen events to an acceptable level, which, in comparison with the original, it was a real breakthrough, and the final battle with the participation of huge walking trees completely overshadowed all the negative aspects of the film.

The playable adaptation of Prince Caspian also boasts giant oak trees, occasionally controlled by friendly characters. Moreover, the title, as is customary in accompanying products, is literally stuffed with projected film materials. There is no need to talk about standard inserts from the film either - they are represented here by an impressive selection of videos. Plus, gamers will be lucky enough to see some episodes that were not included in the final version of the full-length Prince Caspian. Cropped fragments can to some extent brighten the impression of local cut-scenes made on a graphics engine. Despite his considerable age (previous The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobesaw the light almost three years ago) the "motor" still demonstrates an acceptable picture during the game, however, with the start of the cutscenes, when the camera shows the characters' faces in close-up, the quality of the video footage drops below the baseboard.

The number of protagonists involved increased to 20 people. Good or bad is a rhetorical question. On the one hand, the variety of the passage has increased significantly, on the other, its complexity has jumped. Doubts about this will disappear after the first attempts to switch between characters. To complete this procedure, one desire is not enough - first you need to find the warrior you need in the crowd of swarming figures, stand in front of him and only then press the key responsible for changing the ward. In reality, everything looks even more confusing, since allies usually do not stand still, but rush around the location, shredding enemies.

The combat system is made in the spirit of classic hack'n'slash RPGs. In other words, only two mouse buttons are involved. And that's all. The right button has the function of a regular strike, the left one is a special one. Thanks to such refinements of control, battles turn into non-stop tormenting of the manipulator-"rodent", which, given the number of enemies at the levels, can provoke not only an increase in irritability, but also a breakdown of the device.

At the same time, Prince Caspianmanages to be an awfully long game. Just listen to these words - it can take up to several days of pure gameplay time to complete the story campaign. And this is something in the product under license, when in the same cinema you can find out the denouement of the confrontation between Caspian and his uncle - King Miraz - in just two hours with a penny. Travelers Tales' unforgivable oversight . The playing time is almost equally divided between the same type of battles and puzzles. The essence of the riddles lies in the search and subsequent use of special levers / gears / and other mechanical objects - a dubious pleasure, which, alas, cannot be avoided.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Cooperative mode in action.


The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian stands out from the rest of the "titles based on" the unprecedented length of the gameplay. Only in her case, this is a huge disadvantage: the quality of the gameplay is terribly far from keeping the player in front of the monitor for hours.

Pros: still nice video sequence; cuts from the director's cut - fans will appreciate it.
Cons: inconvenient control; the same type of fights; unnecessarily long single.



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