(Singing) They're Animaniacs! And their show was crappy almost to
the max! So go watch something that kicks ass, you'll never laugh at
their wise-Cracks, they're Animaniacs! Ok, everyone
alive has seen that cartoon called "Animaniacs." You know, that modern
day version of Bugs Bunny except starring
three kids (??) named Yakko, Wakko, and Dot?
Ok, so the show has improved since it moved to Kids WB, but that's
beside the point. Well, remember Konami's Tiny Toons games, and
how THEY were based on a lame cartoon, yet they all rocked? Well,
it seems it's happened again: lame cartoon, excellent game (except this time
it's original and NOT a rip-off of Mario, as were the Tiny Toons games
save for the SNES one).
Pinky & The Brain have come up with their DUMBEST plan to take
over the world yet! They plan to steal a new movie script from
Warner Studios, produce the movie, and
then earn enough money to take over the world. (What a dumb
idea, what if the movie is a downright bomb?)
Well, anyways, the CEO sends Yakko, Wakko, and Dot (The
Warner Brothers and their sister) a message to find all 24 pieces of
the script, which are scattered around the studio. In this area I
must agree with Dot: Brain MUST be pretty goofy to leave it lying around
(wow, a game character actually THINKS for once!)! So you take control
of the Warner siblings and set off to find the peices of the script.
Now to gameplay: You start the game in the introductory
stage, which is pretty simple, but gets you used to the game. All three
Animanics are on the screen at the same time, but you only control one (who
leads...the others follow.) It's
a side-scroller, but there is depth movement toward and backwards
on the screen. Here you can get used to the Short Stack manuever.
When you press X, the other Warners (the ones you're not controlling)
hop on each other's shoulder, in which you can get on top of them and jump to reach a
higher platform that you couldn't otherwise reach. However, if you
lose a character, you have less of a chance of getting to that
platform, and if you only have one character left, you can't freakin
USE the Short Stack (DOI!!!) therefore making some platforms (and some
pieces of the script) unreachable!
After getting used to this (you'll use it a lot) you'll follow Dr. Scratchnsniff
as he jumps out the window (??)
Then you have to run away from Ralph the Security
Guard while he tries
to catch you and put you back in the Water Tower. (What the Hell?
The CEO himself sends the Warners on a mission and Ralph is STILL
trying to catch them? Huh?) This should really be no problem, in
fact its nay on impossible for Ralph to catch you, still bugs me
that he IS trying to catch you...
After the Intro, you go to this map screen, where then you pick
what Studio you want to start at. Also on the map are Ralph (if
you run into him, you go to an "outrun Ralph" stage) a pointless little
red guy who just bounces when you run into him (??) and the Water Tower, in
which you can play a "Rescue" stage if a Warner was captured by Ralph
or otherwise put out of commision by a bad guy. There are 4 studios: Fantasy (You know,
dragons and stuff), Sci-Fi (aliens) Aquatic (water and pirates)
and Adventure (large range here, mostly a forest and a castle though.)
After you defeat the sosses of these places, you can go to the editing
room (the one with a Big X on it) for a showdown with
Pinky & The Brain.
You go to a Studio and Press A, then you go to a side-scrolling
stage, where you procede to your mission: Find the peices of the
script! Some are in plain sight if you know where to look, while some are
hidden, sometimes in VERY good places (to this day, I still haven't found
all the pieces of the script). The main task is to basically look for the script, but
there are enemies. Problem is, unless you have a weapon, there's really
no way to attack! Dashing works sometimes, but not often. This is Ok,
because most enemies can be avoided rather than defeated
(Ralph, for example). How do you defeat the bosses, then? Trust me,
when you get to them, you'll find out (except for the final boss, which
may take awhile).
The levels, while not always hard, can certainly give you problems,
and the only thing you got going for you is the slot machine at the
bottom of the screen. How does this work, you ask? Simple, whenever
you get 5 coins or one gold coin (both of which are Scattered around the
level) it rolls, and what it lands on determines a bonus (enless it lands
on Pinky, Brain, or Ralph, which takes away Coins). Rolling Yakko, Wakko,
and Dot (in that order) brings back any Animaniacs you lost, rolling
3 Nurses makes you invincible for a useless amount of time, eolling 3
CEOs gives you a Continue, as does getting 100 Coins. Whenever a Warner
sibling gets hit, he/she gets put in the Water Tower. If all 3 get put
in the Tower, you must use a Continue. If you run out of Continues,
then you can use a Password, and you can't run out of Passwords. You
shouldn't run out of Continues anyways, because thanks to the slot
machine, you will get LOTS of them. Hell, I one time had 20 Continues
and I only beat the Fantasy stage! The problem here is that, when you
continue, you only have one Warner, but usually there are coins nearby so you
can recuperate easily.
The characters, however, have really nothing unique. They all
can do the exact same things, and the fact that Yakko is the biggest don't
really affect anything. Where's
Yakko's intelliegence? Wheres Wakko's inexplicable ability to pull
just about anything out of his bag? Wheres Dot's..errr...
whatever the hell Dot has going for her (beatnik poetry reading)?
The graphics are pretty, all colorful, with cool
background effects (dig those scrolling clouds in the Fantasy Stage!)
The characters are pretty well animated, they even do this weird dance when
they stand still. The music rocks. I never really hummed any of the tunes, but I can
remember all of them for a few days. I love the Adventure stage music
when you get to the castle, which at first sounds like a spiced-up
Indiana Jones but then goes to a more action-oriented Animaniacs
theme. The game controls pretty well too, as the Animaniacs are nice
However, this is still a pretty damn fun game! Using lightning-fast
reflexes to jump on fast moving platforms (the majority of activity in this
game) never really gets old, and there are different endings, depending
on how many pieces of the script you found when you beat the game.
This gives a hint of replay value here. And
fans of the show will probably like some of the show's humor (like when
Yakko goes nuts over the Nurse), even though I don't care for it much. I just wish this game had more levels,
that's it! I can live without attacking, and who needs unique characters
anyway? But come on, only 6 Stages total (counting Pinky & Brain)?
Also, this game could of been a bit more challenging, but still, I recommend
this one to everyone, even those who HATE the show. Please remember this
is coming from someone who dislikes the show himself,
does that tell you how good it is? Get this one!