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Scooby Doo! First Frights goes where many games have gone before, but it's a respectable title fans should enjoy. Levels are often huge and interesting to explore, and ultimately, the developers make fun use of the license. The four episodes and confusing extras make for a fairly light package, but most levels are worthy of at least an additional playthrough. The game retails for $40 on Wii and $20 on PS2, though we aren't aware of any features unique to the Wii version
A trop vouloir assister les plus jeunes joueurs, cette nouvelle aventure de Scooby-Doo en devient malheureusement simpliste, au point de donner dans la condescendance pure. Répétitif et inintéressant, le jeu de Torus Games ne semble pas vouloir exploiter convenablement l'univers dont il s'inspire et se contente de nous asséner des séquences fades et sans âme. Même l'humour tombe à plat. Vu son petit prix, on acceptera cependant que le jeu puisse tourner quelques heures sur la console d'un petit gamer tolérant, mais on se gardera tout de même de le recommander à l'achat.
Despite the stylish presentation, Scooby Doo: First Frights will only really be able to hold the attention span of younger gamers as the difficulty level is way too low for anyone who has played a platformer before. Furthermore, stale gameplay mechanics, clunky controls and a frustrating camera mar the overall experience which is a shame as this is quite a charming game on the whole.
Scooby-Doo has seen more than his fair share of video games, and let's face it, they haven't been memorable. The canon has had a bit of a revamp with a recent live action direct-to-video film, but the newest video game, Scooby-Doo! First Frights, decided to do a different, separate revamp of the franchise. A revamp that seems to ignore everything about the series and turns Mystery Inc. into a team that solves mysteries with their fists, not their brains.
If you're a parent wondering whether the game is worth purchasing for your kids to play, the answer is: probably not. Given that this game is a direct rip-off of the LEGO games, only much less fun, you'd be much better advised to pick up one of those games instead. The benefit of the co-op means that you can play with your child, but again the LEGO games are far superior to this one. This is a game definitely aimed at the lower end of the age bracket. If it's the case that Scooby Doo himself is the drawing point of the title then by all means give it a go; it’s a playable game that does nothing to strongly offend. But there are better, smarter and more fun titles out there that look down on First Frights and laugh. Oh, how they laugh.