The Golden Compass Videogame

On November 30th 2007 Sega released a videogame adaptation of The Golden Compass movie to coincide with the film's release. The was developed by Shiny Entertainment, best known for developing games for The Matrix series. It was released on nearly every current console: Playstation 3, Playstation 2, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, PC and Nintendo DS. You can read our review of the game here.

Key Points
  • Playable characters: Lyra Belacqua, Iorek Byrnison.
  • Interaction with daemon and collaboration with in-game characters.
  • Special items collected
  • "Explore, evade, and deceive" through confrontations with the Gobblers, the Magisterium and spy fly.
  • Unlock secrets and mini-games using the alethiometer.
  • Explore 13 "vast" locations, including environments not seen in the film.
  • The game used scenes from the movie that didn't make the final cut of the film.

View all the latest screenshots from the game in our gallery.


"We are excited to be partnering with New Line and Scholastic to bring the dark and fantastic story of the His Dark Materials trilogy to the video game audience. The Golden Compass is a perfect match for the video game medium with compelling characters engaged in a heroic conflict between good and evil in an incredible and rich fantasy world."
Simon Jeffery, President and COO, SEGA of America, Inc.

"For New Line's biggest film since The Lord of the Rings, we knew we wanted an interactive partner that had the talent, the scope and the reach to deliver AAA video games to the four corners of the globe. For The Golden Compass, that company is SEGA."
David Imhoff, Senior Executive Vice President, Worldwide Licensing and Merchandising for New Line Cinema

"We are confident that SEGA will create a compelling interactive experience that fully realises the power and magic of The Golden Compass. We're thrilled to be working with SEGA."
Producer Deborah Forte

Press Release

SEGA Reveals Details of The Golden Compass Video Game
Leading Interactive Entertainment Company to Publish Game Based on Highly Anticipated Theatrical Release from New Line Cinema

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SEGA© of America Inc. and SEGA© Europe Ltd. today revealed details regarding the development of the video game adaptation of the highly anticipated theatrical release, The Golden Compass, based on the first book in the award-winning trilogy, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. The game is being developed for multiple platforms and will ship in fall 2007, just prior to the opening of the New Line Cinema motion picture on December 7, 2007. Featuring pivotal environments from the movie, the vivid characters are brought to interactive life, featuring the likenesses of the movie's impressive cast, which includes Daniel Craig as Lord Asriel and newcomer Dakota Blue Richards as Lyra Belacqua.

Produced by New Line Cinema and Scholastic Media, The Golden Compass follows the screenplay adaptation of the first book in the acclaimed trilogy, capturing the exciting fantasy adventure set in a parallel world where giant armored bears rule a kingdom, beautiful witches fly through the frozen skies, and human beings' deepest essence is manifest as talking animals that remain their faithful companion for life; their daemon. Players can assume the role of Lyra, a young girl, along with her daemon Pantalaimon (Pan), as she journeys through the frozen wastes of the North to rescue a friend kidnapped by a mysterious organization known as The Gobblers and winds up on an epic quest to save not only her world, but ours as well. Gamers can also take on the character of Iorek Byrnison, a great armoured polar bear who joins the quest.

As Lyra, players will use their daemon and collaborate with in-game characters, collecting special items in order to explore, evade, and deceive their way through confrontations with the Gobblers, the Magisterium, and the horribly dangerous spy fly to find her friend. They can also do battle as Iorek with special attacks and a riding mechanic as he protects Lyra during the journey. Gamers will be able to unlock secrets and mini-games using a mysterious, truth-telling golden compass device called an alethiometer. Players can explore 13 vast locations, including all-new breath-taking environments not seen in the film, on this massive journey of collaboration, exploration and the eternal struggle between good and evil.

This epic tale will be brought to the Xbox 360© video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION©3 computer entertainment system, the Wii© video game system, the PlayStation© 2 computer entertainment system, the PSP© (PlayStation© Portable) system, the Nintendo DS©, and the PC for holiday 2007.

The Golden Compass video game is being developed by Shiny Entertainment, best known for developing games based on the blockbuster The Matrix film franchise. Shiny was acquired by Foundation 9 Entertainment in October 2006. The Nintendo DS version is being developed by A2M.

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