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Scaler

MobyRank MobyScore
GameCube
75
1.7
PlayStation 2
73
5.0
Xbox
71
2.9

Advertising Blurbs

uk.playstation.com:
    Become Bobby 'Scaler' Johnson, an ordinary boy blessed with the power to turn into a super-powered lizard.

    Bobby Johnson was just an ordinary boy until he discovered that his creepy next door neighbour Mr. Looger was plotting to take over the world with his mutant lizard army. After being caught by Looger, Bobby is pumped full of lizard energy and he too becomes a lizard!

    Scaler is a crazy 3D platformer that places you in the role of the titular blue and yellow lizard. As he searches the game's exotic world for Klokkie Balls and Crystal Gems, Scaler will gain the ability to change into five different characters, each with their own special skills and weapons.

    Being a lizard, Scaler is able to climb up sheer surfaces and even walk along the ceiling! He can also surf on vines, shock enemies with electricity, or camouflage himself in order to blend in with the environments and remain undetected.

    • Transform into five different characters, each with their own abilities and weapons


    • 10 huge levels to explore


    • Use abilities such as camouflage and climbing to outwit the reptilian enemies

    Contributed by DreinIX (9417) on Apr 03, 2008.

Press release (5th August 2004):

    Scaler: Background story

    Bobby 'Scaler' Jenkins is a bright energetic twelve-year-old boy with a sharp wit and a keen eye. He's the daredevil of the neighbourhood and a serious force of nature. Bobby is an only child raised by his single mother. His father, a famous research scientist, disappeared shortly after Bobby's birth. Bobby's mother overindulges Bobby in order to compensate for the loss of his father and because of this Bobby has a bit too much free rein and tends to push things a bit too far.

    From skateboarding to his love of lizards, Bobby takes everything to the extreme. In fact, Bobby loves lizards and everything about them; lizards aren't just cool, they're beyond cool. In fact, the symbol he uses for his way of life is a blue lizard he's drawn and perfected, which he has dubbed 'Scaler.' When lizards are abused in the course of shooting a motion picture, Bobby shows up at the premiere and protests by painting blue 'Scalers' on the red carpet. When oil development threatens to destroy a natural lizard habitat, Bobby scales the corporate building in protest and plants a 'Scaler' flag on top of the building. When a building project plans to cut down an old tree that is a home to rare lizards, Bobby tree sits until the builder backs down.

    When Bobby suspects his new neighbour, Mr. Looger, of stealing lizard eggs, Bobby investigates and gets caught - knocked out cold from a blow to the back of the head. He wakes up to discover he's being interrogated by Captain Bootcamp, the new star on a Saturday morning TV show solely bent on teaching kids to love discipline. Yuck! But now this big lug is pumping Bobby full of lizard energy to get him to talk. Bobby outsmarts him and learns the real reason for his recent rise to fame. He's really one of a squad of dragon creatures from another dimension who have broken into our world. Looger is the mastermind with Jazz, Rhombus and Turbine as the infiltrating operatives. Bobby recognizes Jazz as the director from the movie set, Rhombus as the oil executive and Turbine as the builder's bulldozer man. But now Bobby sees them all in their real dragon forms and learns their real plans from Bootcamp. They're stealing our lizard eggs and are taking them back to their world where they're mutating them into dragon warriors, and creating a vast army that they'll use to take over our world. They've got to be stopped! No time to go for backup. Bobby sees his chance and takes it. But even as he does so the lizard energy takes him. Bam! Bobby transforms into Scaler. Scaler jumps through the portal into the Dragon world. He's managed to escape from his captors for the moment, but now he's in their world and they're hot on his heals. Scaler learns about his new abilities from tongue strikes to claw attacks, from climbing to vine riding, from double jumping to electric bomb attacks. A fellow immigrant to this bizarre land named Leon befriends Scaler. Leon helps Scaler improve upon his abilities and to acquire the ability to camouflage himself. Scaler and Leon join forces and Scaler must use his new, lizard-like skills to find all the eggs and stop Mr. Looger's diabolical plot to takeover the world!

    Contributed by Sciere (270553) on Apr 22, 2006.

Press release (12th July 2004):

    Scaler

    Summary:

    A crazy odyssey into a mysterious 3D land to save lizards everywhere!

    Bobby "Scaler" Johnson got more than he bargained for when he stumbled upon his next door neighbor's evil plot to take over the world by stealing all the lizards and training them to become his mutant army. Bobby takes on his enemies in ways kids will only have dreamed of...by transforming into one of them. Sneaky, elusive, witty and hysterical - this unexpected hero will keep you guessing just what will happen next!

    Features:
    • Power ups - grab lots of "Klokkie Balls" and seek out the rare "Crystal-Gems"! Use them to rev-up the skills necessary to overcome obstacles and battle evil enemies


    • Transformations - take the shape, abilities and weapons of five different characters -essential to progress through the game!


    • Climbing - scale vertical surfaces and even go all the way upside down!


    • Sliding - surf on wild vines and use the static electricity to juice-up your electric discharge weapon


    • Camouflage - go "Super-Stealth" (a super-cool proprietary game technology), to blend in with environments and fool your enemies


    • Visuals - exotic plants, wondrous creatures and beautiful landscapes


    • Huge World - 10 original levels to explore


    • Humour - Scaler is quick witted and laughs in the face of dragon danger
    Published By: Global Star Software
    Developed by A2M
    Platforms: PS2, Xbox, GameCube

    Contributed by Sciere (270553) on Apr 22, 2006.