|There is no doubt the world would be a more boring place without the wonderful slapstick capers of the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon characters? A world without falling anvils, house bricks in boxing gloves and uncontrollable ACME catapults that might just fire you off a stupidly high precipice into the valley below? |
So thank heavens for the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck Taz and their zany activities that have kept us in merry stitches for decades now. And now, thanks to Infogrames and co. developer Warthog, the cappers live on through melee arena battle game, Loons: The Fight For Fame.
The basic storyline is that Yosemite Sam is holding an audition for his next big movie, which can only have one Looney Tunes star as the lead. Naturally, four of the most loved characters in the Looney Tunes universe want the part all to themselves, with Bugs, Daffy, Taz and Sylvester the cat all eyeing the main role in Sam's flick. So instead of just hiring Wylie coyote, the crafty old dog decides that the best way to see which character has the star quality to be take centre stage is to put them all in numerous arenas, and make them battle it out for supremacy.
This means there are a total of 15 levels in which you control one of the four contestants. The aim of the game is to run around and whack your foes so that their Star Quality (or in this case, their health) goes down and yours goes up. By performing the movie related action tasks given in the form of movie director calls by Sam, such as reading a script or capturing an item that gives you the edge in battle, you raise your Star Quality and gain the power to lower that of the others. When your power is at a peak and theirs is depleted, you win the round.
| |Along with your default weapon, you pick up bonus ones around the arenas that will do anything from zap your opponent, to allowing you to drop anvils on their heads or put them into deepfreeze for a few seconds. This usually depends on what sort of setting the level is based on, as each arena is a tongue-in-cheek reference to well known films from a ton of genres such as sci-fi, western and action.
The sound in the game is kind of just how you would expect it to be although I always believe that sound is one area TV or Film parody style games tend to excel. This pleasure is also extended to the vast amount of speech crammed into the game; with over a gigabyte's worth of Looney banter, all done by the authentic voice actors from Warner Bros.
If you thought that was all the game offers, you would be wrong. Seven mini arcade games, based on classics such as Snake, Space Invaders and even a rhythm action title, are present to be played either as health boosting sub-activities in the main game, or separate diversions. Then there are the extras to unlock, with clips from the Loonytunes cartoons, behind-the-scenes movies, concept art and more. And yes, there cameo appearances from other characters to keep an eye out for in these extras and in-game, to make up for the fact you can only control the four 'toons.
Providing some fast paced multiplayer frolics that have been fairly sparse on XBOX so far. It's quite simple, but with various objectives and challenge-based gameplay modes on top of a manic but fun multiplayer, makes for an engaging game so far.
That's all folks
7.5 out of 10
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