Here’s the new Tintin Video game trailer and a unique introduction from Spielberg and Jackson:
So far we have only seen images from the console version of the game, but it’s clear now that all versions of the game are to be platform games. But unlike my original impression of this idea, it turns out that may be the perfect way to make a Tintin game.
If the Tintin Teaser trailer largely revolved around showing us characters, this trailer shows us the world Tintin will be working in. And from the concept art shown to us during the introduction the result is a mix between Hergé’s style and all kinds of locations. Among the familiar locations would be Labrador Road, Morocco, or the Karaboudjan, but there are also pictures of a dark cave and Haddock walking in a large room full of ruins and old archways that don’t really match anything in the books. Jacskon himself tells us that a lot of what we’ll see in the game is not even from the movie. So don’t go grabbing every frame you see and coming up with a theory on how it could fit into the story of the movie just yet.
While maintaining Hergé’s style, the concept art and the game itself has its own cartoon style as well. Morocco reminds me of Prince of Persia (actually another popular platform game by Ubisoft). Some other parts remind me of Assassins Creed. The following wooden platforms for example:
In the actual trailer, this section reminded me enormously of Spielberg’s ”Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. It seems ironic that after Indy borrowed from Tintin without even knowing he existed, all these years later Tintin takes a little something back from Indy:
Of course this may all just be coincidence…Anyway, one certain coincidence is the bizarre resemblance between Tintin on the roof of a mansion and the opening of another animated film based off of a book starring a young adventurous boy: Disney’s Peter Pan.
Humor aside, now it’s time to talk about the info revealed that really interests us Tintin Movie fans. Actually, there is a lot of great stuff in this video. For starters, unlike the teaser trailer, I believe the background music in this video is really from the John Williams score. I love it. It fits perfectly with Tintin and Haddock. I will definitely be buying that when it comes out.
Many of us were surprised to find one of the Bird Brothers in the video. If he were somewhere else in a cameo appearance I might wonder if he was only in the video game, but they chose to put him right at the beginning of the video. Why would they do that if he’s not a real character in the film? It’s still odd because he’s not cast. But there he is. Interesting that the one place we see him is where we would not expect to see him. His line in the trailer traditionally belonged to Barnaby. The poor character with barely two lines in the album before he’s shot down gets one of his main scenes cut out? Maybe just for the game?:
Even the man at the market stand is from the book.
Among other information that reveals stuff about the film, parts of the trailer reveal Haddock’s voice, more of Allan’s, and lots of the Karaboudjan. To the disgust of those of you who hate a ”violent” Tintin, he is seen gunning down at least one motorcycle driver with a massive pistol. There’s an interesting part where Tintin and Haddock are running away from the sinking Karaboudjan. I’m assuming that’s only for the game, because it seems to contradict what we know from the teaser trailer about people being mad that Tintin escaped from the ship. In this version, they may simply grab the seaplane and get out of there.
Focusing on the game itself, Jackson and Spielberg describe the game as being ”for the family” and not just one person sucked into a game, so it sounds like this kind of game will be perfect for those fortunate enough to have a good friend or brother to play with. Each character will have a special ability (a la Lego Star Wars) only he can do. A very interesting section of the intro is when Spielberg says ”the video game changes constantly depending on the choices you make”. If done right, that sounds like it could be a very cool feature. They also insist on the fact that this game will go beyond the Tintin film and let you explore throughout Tintin’s universe. I am already getting excited about this game. It will clearly be way better than any other Tintin game ever made. But then again, that wasn’t a very high bar to raise. My one worry is that the game may be very nice to look at and very fun to play, but may not be very difficult to complete. Whether the actual game play will appeal to us or not, we will just have to see. But I have no real reason why they wouldn’t. After all, a family game is a family game. So far it looks incredible.
Here are a few shots from the game that weren’t in the trailer:
Now there’s Tintin’s classic pose we all know and love!
Finally, Spielberg added one interesting piece of information. He said ”I got to put on the glasses and play a level and that was REALLY thrilling!” Will this game be in 3D? It wouldn’t mean much for me, since I don’t have a 3D television set yet and it’s not in my plans to get one in the near future…but if it were in 3D, that would still be pretty cool.