Ubisoft steps into Herge’s world of Tintin as the upcoming big screen adaptation comes to consoles. Billy Langsworthy investigates.
Steven Spielberg’s first ever animated film, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, is already shaping up as one of the most heavily anticipated releases of this year – and the video game adaptation looks set to capitalise
on the hype surrounding its big screen cousin.
The game of The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn has been developed in close collaboration with Spielberg and the film’s producer Peter Jackson, helping to make the title more than just another video game tie-in. It also boats Kinect and PlayStation Move capabilities.
“The video game that we are launching is a real extension of the film, and the experience of the game allows the audience to really be a part of the movie and live an epic adventure full of twists and turns, mystery and humour,” says brand manager Rachael Grant.
“It features high-quality graphics, environments, characters and gameplay in line with the blockbuster movie’s innovative graphics and production, and really allows players to experience the adventure and exotic environments from the action packed movie.”
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In the game, players step into the shoes of Belgium’s most famous reporter as a mystery takes them across the globe in an adventure that will see gamers fight, flight, drive and swim through 20 lush environments including the city
of Bagghar and Omar Ben Salaad’s Palace.
Gamers will also play as Tintin’s trusty canine sidekick Snowy, as well as donning the beard of Captain Archibald Haddock in situations that require his brute force. There are also three unlockable characters from the world of the film, each with their own special skills.
Players can take to the world of Tintin with a friend in the two-player co-op mode, as well as go up against each other in multiplayer maps set inside the dreams of Captain Haddock.
Thanks to Spielberg and Jackson’s involvement, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn – The Game promises to bring consumers that rare thing: a movie video game adaptation with strong and authentic ties to its celluloid counterpart.
Tintin on the Big Screen
Directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, The Secret of the Unicorn is already gathering hype and looks set to be one of the biggest films of the year. Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis and Jamie Bell appear in the film via the same performance capture technology that was used in the unintentional creepfest The Polar Express and the acclaimed Avatar.
Search engine friendly content about the game will appear online at film and game blogs as well as on Tintin fansites. Gamers can show off their cows licks at the MCM Expo in London where there will be a “Show us your Tintin haircut” contest alongside merchandise giveaways.