Coraline - DS/DSi

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Coraline (DS/DSi)
Viewed: 2D Third person, into the screen Genre:
Media: Cartridge Arcade origin:No
Developer: Art Soft. Co.: D3 Publisher of Europe
Publishers: D3 Publisher of Europe (GB)
Released: 1 May 2009 (GB)
Ratings: BBFC PG


Coraline, the creepy children's book from the mind of British fantasy savant, Neil Gaiman, has been made into a film. As a good children's book begets a big film, so a big film begets a game. A Coraline game, then, was inevitable. It's not often, however, that a game has such strange source material to draw on.

Coraline, like all too many kids, is ignored by her parents. Frequently mind-numbingly bored, Coraline starts to wander the halls of the new building in which her parents have got themselves a new apartment. She finds Mr. Bobinski, a circus acrobat who trains mice in the arts of the Big Top, and Miss Forcible and Miss Spink – retired actresses who seem a little too attached to Highland Terriers. She also finds the door to the other side, a world with another version of her parents who have buttons for eyes. From there, things get stranger...

The game faithfully recreates the haunting beauty of the stop-motion animated film it's based on, creating a rich and immersive – if undeniably strange and a little creepy – world for players to dive into.

They'll engage in quests to help their new friends as well as a raft of mini games ranging from rhythm-based tasks to puzzle-based challenges such as picture matching.

If you've got a taste for the eerie, look no further.