Watch the First 30 Minutes of the Tintin Game for the Wii

on October 19, 2011 7:00 PM

YouTube user NiNTENDOMiNATi0N has two Tintin footage videos on their channel, each containing about 15 minutes of Wii gameplay. The game, due out in Europe Oct. 21 and in the U.S. Dec. 6, loosely follows the plot of the film set to premiere in the U.K. this month and stateside near Christmas.

While the name of the film, directed by Steven Spielberg, is simply The Adventures of Tintin, the game is subtitled The Secret of the Unicorn. As is usually the case with video footage, don’t go any further unless you want part of the experience spoiled for you.

The personal diary aesthetic of the menus is both functional and eye-catching — this game is definitely easy on the eyes. For those of you who may not be familiar with Tintin, he’s a Belgian reporter who usually finds himself in the midst of breaking stories on international crimes. It may not seem overly exciting, but he’s huge in France. Imagine a young Indiana Jones if he had ditched the anthropology career and picked up a reporter’s notebook instead.

Players get to control both Tintin and his whiskey-loving dog Snowy, as seen in the videos below. The gameplay is a mix of old-school Prince of Persia-esque action and platforming mixed with a bit of light puzzle-solving. Mad props to Ubisoft for nailing the art direction.

Anyway, I’m sure you’re ready for me to stop babbling on and get to the gameplay footage. Just one last observation: The menu music and parts of the soundtrack almost makes it seem as though Tintin would feel right at home with the Bluth family. There. Now that you’ve heard it, you can’t unhear it.

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
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