Back to Narnia We Go
As a child, I loved C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series of novels. From The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to The Last Battle, these fantasy stories both intrigued and amused me no end. Not so when I was an adult, for I failed to derive enjoyment from the first Narnia movie.
When I heard that The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian NDS game will be released in the Nintendo DS platform, I couldn’t be bothered to get it at first. But after being beseeched by my brother who is a bigger Narnia fan that I am, I pre-ordered it at my favorite online game store. I quickly found out that Prince Caspian is not really a bad game after all. This is an RPG of sorts, one that allows you take on the role of 18 varying characters. The game begins, and you play as the courageous Prince Caspian who finds quite a hard time fleeing from his less-than-angelic Uncle Miraz who seeks to kill the Prince just so his own heir can take over the Narnian throne. Together with an assortment of characters including the original Pevensie kids, a valiant mouse called Reepicheep and the ever memorable lion, Aslan, Caspian began his journey to reclaim the throne.
I find the top-down perspective in this game to be rather charming. Other than that, the gameplay isn’t really quite different except for the DGamer feature. This is an online feature specially developed by Disney Interactive, and players can create their personalized online avatars which they can adorn using items found in-game. DGamer “remembers” statistics from all the Disney games you’ve ever played ala XBOX 360 achievements!