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The Three Stooges

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy Advance
...
3.5
Commodore 64
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3.1
DOS
...
3.6
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Description

Stars of television and cinema, and now stars of their own video game. Join Moe, Larry & Curly (in no particular order) who must collect $5000 to try and save an orphanage and the young children who live there from the evil banker, all while keeping pie out of their face. Featuring platform level designs based on classic Stooge scenes from their many TV episodes and movies and level objectives re-living many of their antics plus original Stooge voices and Stooge trivia.

Screenshots

The Three Stooges DOS Curly is happy with the number of crackers he got. (EGA / TANDY)
The Three Stooges PlayStation Curly ready to fight
The Three Stooges NES Cracker eating contest tonite
The Three Stooges PlayStation Curly and the oyster soup

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User Reviews

I liked this one DOS Tony Van (2688)

The Press Says

CU Amiga Amiga May, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Just Games Retro NES Jan 13, 2004 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Oct, 1988 695 out of 1000 70
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Jun, 1988 70 out of 100 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Jul, 1989 27 out of 40 68
GameZone Game Boy Advance Apr 22, 2002 6 out of 10 60
IGN Game Boy Advance Apr 10, 2002 6 out of 10 60
GameSpy Game Boy Advance May 14, 2002 58 out of 100 58
Happy Computer Amiga Jul, 1988 44 out of 100 44
Power Play Amiga Jul, 1988 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

Multiple endings

There are multiple endings, depending on the amount of money earned. Less than $5000: the bank takes back the orphanage; $5000-$8995: the rent is paid, but the orphanage still requires repairs; $9000-$19995: the orphanage is fully repaired; $20000+: the Stooges marry the daughters.

References

At the beginning of the NES version, the Stooges stand in front of the Ghostbusters II logo, and make comments about how they are in the wrong game.

References to the game

This game is featured in the movie Lethal Weapon 3 on Lorna Cole's (Rene Russo) computer. Part of her background in the film is that she's a Three Stooges fan.

Sound

The digitized voices and pictures used in this game come from real Three Stooges shorts.

On the PC, The Three Stooges was much more enjoyable on the Tandy/PCjr series over the traditional PC and clones because the sound chip was utilized quite well. Not only was it used for 3-voice music and sound effects, but for the digitized speech as well. This enabled the sound of Larry, Moe, and Curly to come through much clearer than through the conventional PC speaker.

Timothy Skelly

One of the game's designers was Timothy "Tim" Skelly. Skelly worked with Cinematronics to design and program many early 80's arcade games including Star Hawk, Star Castle, Armor Attack and more.

Information also contributed by Guy Chapman, J. Michael Bottorff, Peter Ferrie, Ricky Derocher, and WildKard
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