Wednesday, March 23, 2011

37 - The Powerpuff Girls: Relish Rampage (PS2)

Genre: Action adventure
Rating: E
Developer: VIS Entertainment
Publisher: Bam Entertainment
Platform: PS2 (Also: GC)
Release date: 2002

I've probably watched The Powerpuff Girls twice in my life. For one, they weren't exactly part of my "time", and secondly, I didn't have Cartoon Network for a damn long time. For some reason, this surprises the hell out of my younger friends, as if cable is something necessary. Either way, without watching the show I know enough about it and decided to have a night playing children's games.

While this game was probably designed for a young audience, it's surprisingly hard. There's not a lot of thought put into it or puzzles or anything... it's just designed with an annoying button layout and finicky controls. So really, it was the developers who made this game a lot harder to play than it should be. I lost within the first minute or so because I couldn't gather what the game wanted me to do.

Because I felt my gamer cred slipping away by losing so quickly in a cartoon-based game I forced myself to play it more. I beat the first episode and then went on to the second. The second episode had to do with space pickles taking control of the citizens of Townsville. Anyway, all was going pretty well and I figured out a good way to cheat the game but then there was this horrible mission of protecting a vehicle for an extended period of time. I always hate these kinds of missions so when I lost at that one I figured that was enough for the game.

Overall, it's not a very good game at all but what can you do? I thought the idea of having the game play out in a couple episodes was cool, although it could have just been one extended episode. Beating smaller complete stories is probably a lot of fun for kids though and does give a sense of accomplishment. Also of note, every time I go to write Powerpuff Girls I keep wanting to write "Powerful Girls". It makes me feel like I'm an old fogey calling Pokemon "Pogeymans".

Would I play again? No.


Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, that's too bad. The graphics look nice at least (based on the YouTube vid I just watched).

Marcus said...

The graphics replicate the show pretty darn well! The writing is also solid and entertaining (presumably the same as for the show). It's just the gameplay that holds it back from being a nice experience.

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