Wednesday, October 20, 2010

REAL GAMES - THE ADDAMS FAMILY: PUGSLEY'S SCAVENGER HUNT

I really didn't want to play this, but it had to be done.  And for my efforts, I found a surprising good game.  Not exactly the trifecta of suck I was expecting.

Continuing where I left off in the last review, the stretch of The Addams Family franchise is long and confusing.  After the success of the first 90's movie (and I am speaking only in box office terms), Hanna Barbera released a short-lived cartoon for ABC.  However, the cartoon was based loosely around the newspaper comic from the 30's and had nothing to do with the movies.  This was the only form of The Addams Family that I personally enjoyed.  It was strange, yet entertaining.  It also had a pretty amazing cast of voice actors, including John Austin, who played Gomez in the original 60's tv show as well.  Even though the cartoon only lasted 2 seasons, it was more than enough to get its own video game.  Seriously though, the Super Nintendo would make games out of anything on tv.

Phantom 2040 was a cartoon that lasted less than one season.  It was a story based around Billy Zane's grandson fighting robots in the future.  Even this pile of crap got its own SNES game.
Starting the game, it would appear that this is just a sprite change from the first SNES Addams Family game.  Thankfully, this could not be further from the truth.  Almost every problem with the first game has been corrected...almost. 

The controls are still only 2 buttons.  But instead of an attack, we have a run button.  I assume the game developers considered using both attack and run, but that would require even more effort on their part.  Regardless, this is still better than the pointless attack in the first game.

The soundtrack however has improved substantially.  Instead of the generic shit from the first game looping into oblivion, we are given much clearer music that better suits the mood of the game.  They took out the annoying bicycle horn sound effect; unfortunately, they also increased the fart sound effects 100 fold.  It makes more sense here though, since we are playing as Pugsley and not Gomez.

This game has also improved the visuals by a great amount.  Each stage is unique, and both Pugsley and the monsters have a lot more detail to them.  Even the cut scenes with the other family members look better.  This too has its downsides though, as the backgrounds make it a little hard to see what the hell is going on.  Definitely an A for effort though.

Couldn't think of a picture to go with anything else, so have a grown up and sexy Wednesday Addams.
And now for the greatest improvement of them all: the gameplay!  Whereas the first game was way too short and easy, this game is long and fucking hard.  Every area has challenging platforming, hidden secrets, and they even have some puzzles thrown in.

This is what the first game should have been instead of the poorly made cash in that it was.  It still had its own problems, but it was genuinely fun to play.  I'm giving Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt a 3 creepy looking Uncle Festers out of 5.  However, just because this game was good, I refuse to get my hopes up for the next in the Addams Family trilogy.

The ending is pretty lame.  This is all you get...but at least I got called a great gamesplayer.  Whatever the fuck that is.

23 comments:

razortek said... [Reply]

oh god wednesday has become a sexy whore :O

Easy said... [Reply]

dayumm wednesday!
nice post man, brings me back to the ole' days

amidoinitrite? said... [Reply]

wow, she's hot

Daytona Jones said... [Reply]

Wednesday is doing well for herself

The Angry Vegetarian said... [Reply]

I HAD to comment mainly because of the Phantom. I had no idea it got a video game. But I remember the show....and the movie....I remember loving it when I saw it in the theater with a friend. I tried watching a few minutes of it a few months ago, didn't go well.

MrD said... [Reply]

christina ricci is a sexy beast

zorancro1 said... [Reply]

nice didnt play this game only first one

NJS DailyBlog said... [Reply]

interesting review, love you blog.

ilikeicecream said... [Reply]

snap snap

Matthias said... [Reply]

Great review

icøn¡c said... [Reply]

Wow....she's not looking too bad :O

Copyboy said... [Reply]

Billy Z in purple. Can't get past it.

-ITW- said... [Reply]

zomg, so hott.

Home Alone Stoned said... [Reply]

DAMN SHE GOT HOT

Lil' Rocker Flower said... [Reply]

Hey, Phantom 2040 has it charm :P

Gansita said... [Reply]

Oh la la! and I taught Wednesday was ugly....

Swift Love said... [Reply]

you got me with the fappable pic

BökChöd said... [Reply]

Taahaha... the fart sound effects? Can we get a sample or sound clip or something? LOL I fell out of my chair when I read that.

Ben Dover said... [Reply]

Now with 100% more fart sounds!

SpringyB said... [Reply]

That's an interesting mole

Galwarrior said... [Reply]

Nice one

Longkid said... [Reply]

christina is a babe

nubilus said... [Reply]

ricci is damn fine, ive liked her in a lot of different roles, i can remember watching reruns of the original series on television

havent played this game tho only festers quest

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