Monday, January 10, 2011


Uh huh huh huh...huh huh huh, yeah, huh huh huh.

Beavis and Butt-head is not your typical side scrolling beat 'em up.  Okay...maybe it is, but it's still a surprisingly good game for a TV Licensed beat 'em up.  Normally, this is where I would explain the subject of the game, but it's Beavis and Butt-head.  Who doesn't know about Mike Judge's greatest creation?  Yeah, I said it.  King of the Hill is good, and his movies are a toss up of perfection or absolute shit, but Beavis and Butt-head is comedy gold.  Deal with it, fartknocker.

Starting the game, we get the original warning telling us not to try these things at home and a rather strange story intro.  GWAR is having a concert, and in order for the boys to go, they have to do "cool things" in order to get in free.  At least, that's the plan.

When your demonic space overlords demand tribute, you better aim to impress.

Oh look, another game that uses only 2 buttons.  (Insert rant about lazy developers being bungholes here)

The audio for this game really confuses me.  At the start we are given a midi rendition of the iconic Beavis and Butt-head theme, but then the game uses voice rendering and clips from the show.  If they had the technology and capabilities of using clips, then why does it destroy the theme song with midi?  Why can we never have good music AND good sound effects?

If you like the art style of the cartoon, then you will love this game.  They have managed to render the sprites and stage designs almost identical to the show.  Excellent.

This "movie" probably wouldn't have been so bad if it had stuck to the show's animated art style.  Some things should never be made into live action.

Okay, they managed to get the voices and animation perfect, but what about the gameplay?  Well, it's fun, but it is not without its problems.  With most beat 'em up games, one can find a rhythm or pattern in how the enemies appear and attack.  In Beavis and Butt-head, everything is random, and at times there is so much crap happening on the screen that you are guaranteed to die.  The boss fights are also ridiculous and take pure luck instead of skill.  But if you can get past these hangups, the game can be really fun.

Beavis and Butt-head is a blast from the past, and nostalgia is probably playing a big part in my final decision...but I'm giving it 3.5 Billy Bobs out of 5.  I can only hope the new Beavis and Butthead episodes will be this good.

I never understood why games feel the need to show us the stages we beat.  Yes, I am well aware that I beat that stage, as well as the rest of the game.  That is why I am watching the end credits.

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