Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bechtloff's Book of Genesis: Desert Demolition

As with most red blooded American children, I watched the Looney Tunes growing up. Hell, back in my day they still showed the "racist" ones like Bosko.
I miss ya Bosko. I imagine it's gonna be a long time before anybody has the balls to put your cartoons on TV again. But my personal favorite Looney Tunes were always the Road Runner and Coyote. So I should think this game is awesome right? Well, remember when I said Taz in Escape from Mars was a bit of a ball buster to the point where it stops being fun? This game had the opposite problem. It was insanely, I would say downright insultingly easy, even on the hardest difficulty setting.

In this sidescrolling game you play as either the Road Runner or the Coyote. As the Road Runner you have to make it to the end of the various levels and avoid the Coyote. If he catches you it's no big deal, you both disappear then you reappear a second later. All it does to you is you lose a little health. So your nemesis amounts to little more than a minor nuisance. As the Coyote you make your way through the levels along the way trying to catch the Road Runner. When you do manage to catch him he just reappears somewhere else in the level, and you you get for your troubles are some extra power ups. So catching the Road Runner, which is the Coyote's sacred quest, the very thing that gets him out of bed in the morning, is a relatively meaningless side quest that you could pretty much just never bother to do.

The game has a lot going for it. It's really cool you can play as either character, the graphics and animations all look great for 16 bit, and the sound effects will be a real treat for any Looney Tunes fan. They do a pretty good job of making each level look unique, which isn't all that easy to do when you remember that they're all desert levels. A lot of side scrollers can do things like ice levels, or water levels, or whatever. This had to stick with desert throughout, but it adds things like a train level and an abandoned mine to keep things interesting. 

It's just so unbelievably easy though. I literally beat a level holding one single button. As the Road Runner I ran through a level blowing right through obstacles. Sure I took damage, but still made it to the end without dieing. Now to be fair, the Coyote levels are a little more involved than the Road Runner ones, but even they are pretty damn easy. The lack of any challenge really ruins what should have been a very fun game. If you're a Looney Tunes fan, and you see this cheap it might be worth getting, you'll get 30 minutes to an hour out of it before it starts to bore you.

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