It’s no secret that the Mum’s the Word house is a techy one. Husband does all manner of tech writing for his job, and I’m the Gadgets and Technology writer over at Brew Drinking Thinkings. We’re Android addicts, Sausage was weaned on Angry Birds and we’ve finally added a new console to the collection, an Xbox 360. With this in mind, when Ubisoft asked me if I’d like to review the new Tintin game, released to compliment the new film, I was thrilled to give it a go.

The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and the game was made in close collaboration with all the bods who made the film, so we were expecting a bit of an epic and let me tell you, we weren’t disappointed. This game lends itself really well to the Xbox 360 with Kinect format as it offers a multi-game experience. Let me explain; if you want a bit of full-body action, there are a multitude of levels which can be played through in either single or multiplayer mode, which require you to give it a bit of welly. The game can also be played through with a traditional Xbox controller, combining problem solving, platform gaming and different characters to really change things up.

We thought we’d test this game to the Nth degree, so we roped in Husband’s cousin, who’s an (almost) 13 year old boy, to see whether The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn really can satisfy the whole family. All I know is, our Saturday afternoon and evening was filled with plane-flying, swashbuckling action which we all really enjoyed.

The PEGI rating of the game advises that it should be played by gamers of 12 years and over, and while I generally respect the ratings, I also use a bit of parental discretion and there were plenty of parts to this game that Sausage could enjoy too, such as the barrel rolling in a bi-plane and watching Snowie sniff out the various clues and ‘Golden Crabs’.

There’s a lot to the game and we’re by no means finished – all in all, Ubisoft promise 20 hours or gameplay, so we’re looking forward to getting stuck into the rest of the levels. Even if you’ve never read the books or have no intention of seeing the film, I’d still wholeheartedly recommend this game as it’s so flippin’ immersive and the variety in the game play means that you’ll never get bored.

Not to mention, the amount of time you spend thwarting scurvy pirates with your sword, you’ll have some seriously toned arms if you keep at it!

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is definitely one to enjoy as a family (if you have slightly older kids) and is intriguing, immersive and absolutely brilliant to play on the Kinect. We at Casa Crammond definitely approve!

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