Game Preview: Where The Wild Things Are

by Jeff McKinney

where-wild-things-areNext month, the big-screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic “Where the Wild Things Are,” arrives in theaters and judging by everything I’ve seen so far, it looks as if director Spike Jonze has done the book justice. I’m also pleased to report that the video game inspired by the movie and book looks to be equally entertaining and true to the original illustrated Sendak material.

In the game, players take on the role of Max as he travels through the world of the Wild Things. This unique adventure game brings the artwork of the book to life and allows players to explore familiar settings and interact with Sendak’s creatures. Players will learn to work with the Wild Things to accomplish tasks, unlock power-ups and progress through the game. No game based on this book would be complete without getting to ride on the shoulders of the Wild Things and fortunately, there is plenty of that in the game.

Where The Wild Thing Are: The Video Game will probably be a little too difficult for kids younger than seven but slightly older kids, especially ages seven through 12, are going to love it. Parents will also get a kick out of seeing Max and the Wild Things in a game version and might enjoy playing the game as well.

Look for Where The Wild Things Are: The Video Game in stores October 13, 2009 for the Nintendo DS and Wii, PlayStation3 and Xbox 360. The film will be in theaters October 16.

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