like the movie, the game based on the red hot book
is just okay. by
24, 2006 - Not
even Dan Brown is more of an authority on The Da Vinci
Code than I am. For one thing, I'm not biased. Not
only have I done a lot of research on conspiracy theories,
the supernatural, theology and secret societies, but
I've read The Da Vinci Code book, have seen the movie,
a number of expose documentaries on it and now I've
played the videogame. So does that make me an expert?
Maybe only in my mind, but that's good enough for
what do I think of all this? To be honest, I enjoyed
the documentaries more than anything. I would highly
recommend The Real Da Vinci Code starring Tony Robinson
which was produced in England and broadcast on the
Discovery Channel. It really puts things into perspective
by separating fact from fiction. Then if you're at
all interesting in this "phenomenon" after
that read the book to gleam the details. My advice
is to avoid the movie and play the game if you're
fan of adventure games, not because you're a Da Vinci
game is fun but it's not a significant addition to
the Code phenomenon, it's just an adventure game based
on it. There are clues to uncover and examine, codes
to crack, puzzles to solve and even some fisticuffs.
If you're looking for any meaningful relation between
the game and mysteries of the ancient world, like
the book, you're going to have to swallow a lot of
bull just to get a few morsels of steak.
as pure entertainment, The Da Vinci Code game is a
darn good adventure game. Like the book it's a murder
mystery, and the various clues, puzzles and conspiracies
lend themselves perfectly to such an adventure game.
Too perfectly, in fact, that the game just doesn't
live up to expectations. At least it's not a scene-by-scene
re-creation of the movie. You won't see Tom Hank's
likeness or hear his voice but the character of Robert
Langdon is still the main protagonist. The clues and
puzzles utilize many of the same techniques for uncovering,
investigating and solving them but they all feature
new elements so that you won't have any advantage
if you've seen the movie or read the book. You will
ultimately know in which direction the clues are heading,
but you won't necessarily know how they will lead
this is your first experience with The Da Vinci Code,
then by all means get your hands on this game just
to enjoy the ride. The less you know about it the
better. I would have enjoyed this game tremendously
had I no prior knowledge of the information in the
book. However, the mechanics of the game in terms
of presentation and production values would still
cast a shadow over the entire experience. The graphics
are dated, the animation is clunky, there is clipping
and the voiceovers are dull and lack expression. The
other playable character, Sophie Neveu has an annoying
fake accent that makes it difficult to listen to her.
Considering that there is an awful lot of dialog,
this can make one rather wearisome. There is a lot
of detail to pay attention to and the chemistry between
Robert and Sophie could be likened to that of a dictionary
and an encyclopedia brought to life.
can actually overlook the poor production values if
you're engrossed in the gameplay, which will occur
naturally if you're the inquisitive type that enjoys
adventure games. The controls are easy to learn which
makes this game accessible to anyone that has a pulse,
but that doesn't mean that all will enjoy it. It can
be dry and even though there is some action in the
form of combat, it's not even in the same league as
Dragon Ball Z.
combat is kind of strange. It doesn't seem congruent
given the subject matter. It's like adding a new book
to the Bible called, Popeye.
is capable of dishing out quite a beating to some
of the overzealous monks he encounters that are intent
on keeping the big secret, a secret. Whenever he gets
into a confrontational situation, a button combination
will appear onscreen. After pressing the buttons in
the right combination you will activate a pre-rendered
fight scene in which Robert will punch the Hell out
of these devious Catholics. I'm sure this added feature
will stir up its share of controversy even though
it's just something that was added to pad the gameplay
and allow us to blow off a little steam after sitting
through the long-winded soliloquies. Some elements
of the combat are in real-time such as the initial
punches or swings from a club. But once you start
to tango, the button combos show up. Failure to push
the buttons at the right time in the right order will
put you on the receiving end of the beating where
you will have to follow a new series of button sequences
to dodge and block the attacks. The novelty of combat
is short lived since there is little variation in
the animations or variety in the attacks.
all about the puzzles. Using your detective and cryptologist
skills you will decipher symbols, solve riddles, untangle
anagrams and use the latest in technologies to uncover
clues on ancient paintings. The puzzles are varied
and while it's clear as to what you're supposed to
do, some of them are quite difficult. There were a
couple of puzzles that I couldn't figure out on my
own. I had to call in for backup. Sometimes you just
need a different perspective to put you on the right
path - or a walkthrough.
if you're a fantastic puzzle solver, the game can
take you a couple of days to complete. If you're not
in a rush, the game can take a lot longer depending
if you want to unlock everything in it which includes
new artwork and bonus missions. It doesn't add up
to much replay value overall and that's a consideration
since the game is unusually long for an adventure
game which means you may not complete it within a
weekend rental period.
the novel or the movie, or anything that Oprah has
to say about it, The Da Vinci Code, the game, will
definitely give you something to think about.
Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu on their quest to
solve a bizarre murder-mystery and uncover the ultimate
treasure protected by an ancient secret society.
upon The Da Vinci Code universe by giving the player
new experiences and locations not visited in the
book or the film.
a unique blend of adrenaline-pumping stealth, frantic
chases and combat, diversely cryptic puzzles, and
detailed environments and discover hidden clues
in world famous locations such as The Louvre, Westminster
Abbey, St. Sulpice and more.
must solve a wide variety of challenging physical
and intellectual puzzles that will ultimately lead
them to the resting ground of the Holy Grail.