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One of my abiding childhood memories is sitting in front of the television with a plate of orange iced cupcakes, watching Scooby-Doo. I was sick after, but that had more to do with the cupcakes than Scoobs. Like most children in the seventies, I was pretty much obsessed with the cartoon show, even though it stuck to a rigid formula. Each week the gang would visit a haunted house or amusement park, Shaggy and Scooby would bumble around, bumping into ghosts and eating Scooby snacks, Velma would lose her glasses and then the villain would be unmasked and mutter “I would’ve gotten away with it if it wasn’t for you meddling kids.”
I remember, just like anyone at my age, getting up early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons. One of those cartoons was Scooby-Doo and it was always entertaining because of wacky cast of characters and plots. Well, as I grew older my appreciation for Scooby-Doo didn’t grow with me. With my son growing up I thought maybe he might take an interest in Scooby-Doo, but so far this hasn’t happened. Disney characters/movies and Sesame Street rule my house; everything else falls by the wayside.
Scooby-Doo! Unmasked is a fun and decent platform game, which may be pretty lazy in design and a little lacking in variety, but it does get the job done. Jumping across holes and obsessively collecting things just never seems to get old, some would say that platforming is as timeless as Scooby himself.
Young fans of the cartoon have something to look forward to. Scooby-Doo! Unmasked doesn’t try to change the rules of platforming in any way. The game is satisfied with meeting the requirements and trying to successful in doing so. Young fans of the series will find a lot to like in the game since it is so faithful to its source material though.
Scooby-Doo, where are you? Long-time pal and hungry sidekick Shaggy has asked that very question more times than we could count, but kids across America needn't think about the answer. Since the cartoon series rose to popularity in the early 70s, Scooby-Doo has been just about everywhere. The iconic character has in the 35 years since his inception appeared in nearly 20 different cartoon revivals spanning some 320-plus episodes. And due in part to a hit live-action movie and in large to the dedication of both kids and adults alike, Scooby doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Except, that is, to the latest videogame platforms. Publisher THQ has throughout this generation worked with studios to bring new iterations of Scooby-based videogames to consoles and while these efforts have mostly met with mixed critical results, kids continue to lap them up all the same.
Le chien le plus peureux du monde audiovisuel continue d'amuser la galerie derrière le petit écran, mais sa prestation sur consoles a toujours du mal à convaincre. Ce nouvel épisode ne souffre pas de défauts majeurs, mais il aura du mal à se faire une place dans une catégorie dominée par des titres autrement plus impressionnants. Un jeu qui se destine donc surtout aux jeunes fans de Scooby-Doo qui ne prennent la manette que de façon occasionnelle.
Scooby-Doo Unmasked is certainly the most accomplished version from the Scooby franchise to date. It might be based on familiar platforming territory but it doesn’t stop this particular outing from being as fresh and enjoyable as the first episode in 1969. That is of course, if you do not expect that much.
All in all, Scooby-Doo! Unmasked is nothing special - you won't find many original ideas or much variation between levels here, and it's all over a bit too quickly. But if you're looking to buy a game that will entertain a Scooby fan who just wants to play the cartoon, or a younger gamer who just wants some simple running, jumping and collecting to get on with, this will do the trick.
Scooby and the gang at Mystery, Inc. are back, and are getting ready to visit Fred’s cousin Jed. But when they arrive at the Monstrous Fright and Magic special effects company, Jed is nowhere to be found. The company’s top-secret formula of Mubber (allowing the Monstrous Fright and Magic to create the world’s most realistic costumes) also disappears, and Jed is the prime suspect. It’s up to Scooby and the gang to clear Jed’s name, and solve the mystery.
The average player probably won't get much out of Scooby-Doo! Unmasked, but younger players and fans of the cartoon will definitely want to give it a look. As a game, it's nothing special--just a mediocre platformer stuffed with all of the usual platforming elements. In terms of storytelling and presentation, however, Unmasked grabs the imagination and delights the senses easily as much as a feature-length version of the cartoon show would.