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Recreational Brainware / Sega
1992
Genre:
Action
Theme:
Based on Other Media / Cartoon & Comic /
Humour
Language:
English
Licence:
Commercial
System:
Mega Drive
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2584

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Mr Creosote (2016-06-23) [hide]

Avatar A cartoon licenced game not made by Ocean… so there is hope that this one turns out to be semi-decent. Until you actually try it and have your hopes let down. No, shattered. And the remains then stomped into the ground, set on fire and then dynamited for good measure.

Set on a highly fictionalised version of the Australian island of Tasmania, in some alternate universe or at least in an unspecified age, a partially clothed family of Tasmanian Devils discusses meal plans. Prehistoric bird eggs sounds nice, so Junior sets out to find some. Not an easy task.

And that's putting it mildly still. The platformer's good graphics are quickly forgotten between the very sluggish movement, the extremely unresponsive controls and the way too strongly articulated inertia. All that combined with a shoddy level design which relies almost exclusively on making exact jumps to avoid ever-present quicksand, spikes or geysers.

The foundation of a decent, albeit unoriginal game would have been there. Keeping in the cartoony theme, special powers can be gained through eating various items. Even enemies can be eaten if the timing is right (though it's not really fun to try because… well, you know). Other objects can be used in other ways to clear the way (and produce funny animations if eaten). Rumor has it that later levels are quite varied in their graphical nature, taking place in different settings reflecting the actual island's varied flora and fauna.

However, you see, none of this matters if it's hardly possible, or at least no fun at all, to try and get there. The Mega Drive's iconic character was Sonic. His specialty was running super fast. Compare that to this yawner trotting across the screen at what cannot even be described as a brisk pace. Avoid, no matter what contemporary reviewers may have said!

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Comments (8) [hide] [Post comment]

Mr Creosote (2016-06-24):

Originally posted by Vagabond at 16:29 on June 24th, 2016:

Quote:
"I'm also a serial killer, what a coincidence!"

I don't remember games like that, but i'm looking forward to it ;)

At least one serial killer game is on the site :D

Vagabond (2016-06-24):

Haha... yeah, sure. How about "human", huh? ;)

Oh, and by the way:

Quote:
"I'm also a serial killer, what a coincidence!"

I don't remember games like that, but i'm looking forward to it ;)

Mr Creosote (2016-06-24):

It's if course up to Herr M. to make the final judgement of applicability. But if you're looking for an irrefutable one, what about "the protagonist is male"?

Vagabond (2016-06-24):

Heh.. well, if that one was meant to be humorous... i have plenty of choice ;) I think it will be something like "I'm weird like a warlock" ;)

Mr Creosote (2016-06-24):

Originally posted by Vagabond at 04:28 on June 24th, 2016:
Ah, the 'Australia' one puzzled me quite a bit. But i see you did find a good match for it. Still, i don't agree this is the most difficult one, and 'character that has something in common with you' is really the killer. I mean, what am i supposed to look for even? :)
Oh, that one is rather easy, isn't it?

"Like Superman, I have muscles of steel."

"I'm also a serial killer, what a coincidence!"

That guy has brown hair, like I used to have before I got bald."

Vagabond (2016-06-24):

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How would you confirm?

True, but i thought it's based on mutual integrity. Besides, it's no fun lying anyway, at least i see no point in it. Also, there are only two of us currently in the project, so would you really expect me to make false claims? :)

Anyway, i don't really mind it. I guess i may too omit playthroughs sometimes if the game matches any of the criteria, but is a little too tough and i simply can't be bothered.

Mr Creosote (2016-06-24):

Originally posted by Vagabond at 04:28 on June 24th, 2016:
Quote:
Rumor has it that later levels are quite varied in their graphical nature
So wait... you didn't really finish it then? I mean i don't really mind if you didn't, i just wanna know if i can do the same :)
No, I didn't finish this one. Which usually is indeed a violation of my own standards, which is why I decided to explicitly mention it.

Though there is really no enforcable policy to have games finished. I mean, do you ask that to people posting reviews? How would you confirm?

Vagabond (2016-06-24):

Ah, the 'Australia' one puzzled me quite a bit. But i see you did find a good match for it. Still, i don't agree this is the most difficult one, and 'character that has something in common with you' is really the killer. I mean, what am i supposed to look for even? :)

Anyway, this game.

Quote:
Rumor has it that later levels are quite varied in their graphical nature
So wait... you didn't really finish it then? I mean i don't really mind if you didn't, i just wanna know if i can do the same :)

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