- Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (video game)
title = Lemony Snicket's
A Series of Unfortunate Events
width = 256px
engine = Unreal Engine 2.0
November 10, 2004
genre = Platformer
ratings = ESRB: E
PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, PC
"Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" is a 2004 game based on the
Lemony Snicketbook series and film. The game is based primarily on the movie, which in turn is based on the plots of the first three books of the series (" The Bad Beginning", " The Reptile Room" and " The Wide Window"). Players take the roles of Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire, solving puzzles, fighting villains and finding objects. Players encounter characters such as Mr. Poe, Uncle Monty and Aunt Josephine, along with villains such as Count Olaf, The Hook-Handed Man, The White-Faced Women and The Bald Headed Man.
Liam Aikenas Klaus Baudelaire
Emily Browningas Violet Baudelaire
Jim Carreyas Count Olaf
Tim Curryas the voice of Lemony Snicket
Game Boy Advanceversion did not have voice acting.This game features the first voice-over role for Jim Carreyfor a video game. His first voice-over role for an animated film, "Horton Hears A Who!", released in 2008.
PS2, GameCube and XBOX
The three console versions have the same basic layout - players can switch between playing as Violet,Klaus and, at certain moments, Sunny. The game begins at
Count Olaf's house, then progresses to Justice Strauss' home, back to Olaf's, then to Uncle Monty's house, then Damocles Dock, then Aunt Josephine's house, Curdled Cave and, finally, Olaf's again. Along the way, Violet invents things - Klaus's weapon (the Brilliant Bopper), her own weapon (the Fruit Flinger) (during the levels at Dr. Montgomery Montgomery's house, she adjusts the Fruit Flinger to catch escaped snakes, called the Reptile Retriever) Also, Violet later gets an invention called the Peppermint Popper which is just like the fruit flinger just faster, the Baby Booster (which helps Sunny jump), the Steady Stilts (so that Violet can reach high places), the Uplifting Umbrella, (which helps Violet Fly), and the Levitating Loafers (which can make Klaus fly). In the game, the heroes solve puzzles, fight Olaf's Villain Acting Troupe, and collect puzzles pieces with the familiar eye in the series and movie. If you collect 25 of each color puzzle piece, you reveal a place in your secret folder, which in turn reveals a picture where you can find a VFD package. This package reveals a special extra in the game, such as a making of featurette.
Game Boy Advance
The GBA version is different in that players can switch between all three Baudelaires at all times. The game also features more places, such as
Briny Beach. It is said to be harder than console versions. In "The Reptile Room" level, some reptiles are mentioned that never appear in the books. Also, there are less inventions but have the same effects as the other games, such as the Parasol Glider (helps Sunny glide from platform to platform), the Water Pump (helps Klaus spray water, in Book 2-3 it could be used to absorb), the Grappling Hook( helps Klaus swing from platform to platform), and the Apple Cobbler (helps Violet shoot apples).Players must collect objects that Violet or Klaus mentions to make the inventions. Players must also talk to other characters to complete some quests or grab items that other characters are holding. (e.g. in book 3, a taxi driver needs a wrench since an earring is stuck in the engine of the car because a parrot put it there, then Capt'n Sam needs an earring since he needs to look like a capt'n, since his parrot has a wrench you must release him, then the parrot flies away, then it wants a Veggie Burger so you go to a vegetarian with a Veggie Burger, but then leeches showed up, you have to defeat the leeches, then he gives you a Veggie Burger, etc.)The player must collect pictures and butterflies for invention upgrades, movie scenes, and concept art. They must also collect book pages to use on specific places to either give you extras (butterflies, pages, and pictures), keep going on the story, or makes it easier to get around.----
The PC version has several differences from the console games. For one, players cannot switch between characters. The game keeps the player as one character, switching to another when necessary, and even separates the older Baudelaire siblings at times. Secondly, there are two new environments, Briny Beach and a horseradish factory (presumably the one that is discussed in "
The Reptile Room", " The Grim Grotto", "" and "The End)". Finally, players have different inventions to make; the Smasher, the Lobber, the Lockpick, the Sprayer, the Lever Yanker, the Reptile Retriever, stilts, and a Grappling Hook. As a bonus, players can collect eyes; every ten eyes collected gives the player a poster for an Olaf theater production, and letters from the alphabet which start a word that gets defined. Some of the words, such as "Quagmire", referring to the Quagmire tripletsand "Xenophobe", referring to a word Jerome Squalormentioned to the Baudelaires in " The Ersatz Elevator" are from the books.
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