The movie marketers at Disney definitely have a cinematic role model. We haven't seen the movie yet, but the style of the tie-in game looks a lot like another popular fantasy film series from recent years--The Lord of the Rings. That decision pushes the adventure game toward fighting and bloodshed, which seems quite different from that fabulous children's book we remember from so long ago. Before the demo is over, you'll become very well versed with Peter's swashbuckling abilities, if not sick to death of hacking wolves, goblins, and minoboars. The graphics look very good and the combination of character attacks is an interesting twist, but repetitive gameplay, lack of in-game help, and abrupt ends to each level prevent the demo from earning a top rating.
The demo offers two levels from the full game, plus a trailer that blends cinematic and gameplay elements. In the first mission, you control Peter, Susan, and Lucy as they chase the White Witch and a kidnapped Edmund down an icy river, while wolves, dwarves, boulder-launching birds, goblins, and Cyclopes try to stop them. In the second, Peter and Edmund must escape from a massive minoboar army. With conventional directional controls and four attack buttons, the game clearly was developed for consoles, and a dedicated game controller works best. All the characters have two attacks--strong and weak--and all combine with one another for six cooperative moves. None of this information is included in the actual demo, however, so we highly advise perusing the read-me file first to learn basic gameplay. Despite the 183MB file size, the actual demo is a standalone executable, so it installs and uninstalls very quickly and easily.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is an action-adventure game based on the movie based on the book series by C.S. Lewis. Players enter the world of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter by the evil powers of the malevolent and evil White Witch. In order to end this frigid captivity and free his people, the mighty lion Aslan, true ruler of Narnia, invokes an ancient prophecy. It will become the destiny of four young siblings from our word: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie to work together and use their unique combat skills, weaponry, and abilities to defeat the Witch and her armies. These four unlikely heroes must wage war against a variety of creatures, including centaurs, minotaurs, cyclops, and werewolves.
This demo for the game based on the movie of the same name includes the two levels, "Frozen Lake" and "Rescue Edmund."