Santa Monica, CA – November 9, 2004 – It’s time to discover a world drenched in imagination, ruled by invention and strung together by a series of unfortunate events in the Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events™ video game from Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI). Based on the best-selling book series and the highly anticipated feature film launching in theaters on December 19 from Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, the game allows players to experience the lives of the three Baudelaire orphans through 16 adventure filled missions where they solve puzzles, build ingenious inventions and outsmart the evil Count Olaf and his troupe of creepy cohorts. Jim Carrey, Liam Aiken and Emily Browning reprise their film roles as Count Olaf, Klaus and Violet Baudelaire, while Tim Curry reprises his role as the narrator of the “Lemony Snicket” books on tape.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events for the PlayStationÃ‚Â®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxÃ‚Â® video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube™ is available for a suggested retail price of $49.99. Both the Game BoyÃ‚Â® Advance and PC versions feature unique game play with their own adventures and carry a suggested retail price of $29.99 each. The game has been rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB.
“The Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events video game allows fans to experience first hand the enigmatic world, eccentric characters and darkly intriguing storylines from the popular book series and feature film like never before,” said Kathy Vrabeck, president Activision Publishing. “From the moment they are faced with their first perilous adventure, gamers will be engulfed in the captivating world of the Baudelaires.”
“We’re thrilled with the video game that Activision has created for the ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’ movie,” said Stephen Youngwood, senior vice president, Nickelodeon Media Products. “Activision captured the essence of the movie, which is filled with adventure, suspense and drama and turned it into a game that all kids will enjoy.”
In the game, players switch between the three orphans – Violet the inventor, Klaus the brave intellect and Sunny, the biting baby – and master each one’s strengths to keep them one step ahead of Count Olaf, who will stop at nothing to get his greedy hands on their family fortune. Adventures take them through such film locations as the Count’s mysterious mansion, Uncle Monty’s reptile room and Aunt Josephine’s rickety house hanging over the dark waters of Lake Lachrymose, as well as many other environments exclusive to the game.
Additionally, gamers must help the orphans gather objects throughout their adventures in order to build inventions to help them solve tricky puzzles and fend off enemies. Inventions include the Brilliant Bopper to clear foes from the orphans’ path, the Stable Stilts to maneuver through toxic goop and the Baby Booster for jet-powered jumping.
Working in conjunction with Nickelodeon Consumer Products, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Studios, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events was developed by Amaze Entertainment.
BradyGames' Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events Official Strategy Guide is available at electronics, book, and software retailers nationwide, and online at bradygames.com.
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