Polar Express Game Steams to Stores

While IMAX theaters are preparing to use 3D technology to pull audiences into the CG world created by Sony Imageworks, young gamers can begin immersing themselves in kid lit author Chris Van Allsburg’s holiday adventure with the new The Polar Express video game from THQ Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The title was released today for PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and PC.

The Polar Express game takes players on a ride through eight chapters based on scenes from the upcoming film. On the way to meet Santa Claus at the North Pole, gamers will meet characters from the animated pic and together they will solve puzzles, zip through ice tubes and search for lost presents. The PlayStation 2 version also features mini-games for the EyeToy USB camera, which allows players to use their body motions to drive the train and decorate a Christmas tree.

Opening in theaters nationwide on Wednesday, Nov. 10, The Polar Express movie reunites the Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis and features a blend of CG animation and a brand of motion capture that Imageworks has dubbed "performance capture." It tells the story of a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve.