Snoopy vs. the Red Baron

Moby ID: 28620
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As Snoopy sleeps atop his doghouse, the player is transported into his dreams about the adventures of his alter ego, the "World Famous WWI Flying Ace." The rest of the Peanuts characters are woven into his dream - and thereby the game's narrative - as they pass by the sleeping beagle. Lucy Van Pelt becomes the commander of the Allied forces, Linus and Sally take humorous turns as intelligence officers, while poor Charlie Brown is characteristically cast as a janitor in an Allied airbase. The story moves quickly after Charlie Brown is captured by the Red Baron's minions along with the plans for a secret weapon that could change the course of the war. Snoopy and his co-pilot Woodstock take to the skies in his trusty Sopwith Camel to recover the plans and rescue Snoopy’s hapless owner.

The game mechanics center around third-person action adventure flight in contexts such as aerial races, dogfighting missions, and world exploration. Collectible items in the world unlock plane and weapon upgrades, as well as new character/plane combinations for use in versus multiplayer aerial combat. Hardcore Peanuts fans will recognize the front lines at Verdun, the woods of Montsec and Verdon Gorge as the settings for Snoopy’s original Flying Ace adventures in the comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. The game features 7 of these locations, which often change considerably from mission to mission.

The flight model for Snoopy's Sopwith Camel and the other planes in the game leans heavily towards the fanciful arcade end of the realism spectrum. Controls and collision are forgiving and approachable for younger players, although advanced stunts such as barrel rolls and Immelmans are accessible through button combos for experienced aficionados of the air combat genre. The game includes boss sequences that offer novel variations on its core mechanics. For example, players will battle a flotilla of submarines as Woodstock, being towed behind Snoopy's plane in a toy balsa-wood glider. Here the mechanics are those of a rail shooter, with Snoopy pulling the player along a path while the player contends with a multi-stage boss fight.

Pre-rendered cut scenes advance the narrative between missions as the player returns to a "hub world" represented by Charlie Brown's neighborhood. Here the player can upgrade his plane and weapons at Pig-Pen's Shop or complete a series of tutorials at Marcie's Flight School. The music and voiceovers in these sequences recall the classic Peanuts holiday specials that have been an annual fixture of American television since 1965.

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Average score: 76% (based on 13 ratings)

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Average score: 2.7 out of 5 (based on 7 ratings with 1 reviews)

Solid entertainment for anyone who wants Snoopy to meet the Red Baron

The Good
Great cutscenes, good level design, great music. It all fit together nicely.

The Bad
It insists on displaying 4:3 aspect ratio, so best resolution is 1280 x 800. It also kept re-setting the sound configuration to 'Desktop stereo speakers' which was somewhat more annoying. Even though it is an arcade-style game, some of the levels can be quite hard. With an XBox 360 gamepad, the Force feedback effects can only be engaged by installing the open-source XBCD driver (you can hardly blame the game developers for this).

The Bottom Line
For anyone who has grown up with Peanuts, the entertainment value is huge. All of the great music is there, plus a reasonably good shot at the voice acting. The game itself is easy enough for all ages, although adults may have more trouble with the controls, but does feature some challenging missions. A good solid effort, I really enjoyed it.

Windows · by thud (97) · 2009

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If left alone, the game turns into a screensaver.

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Game added by triakter.

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Game added June 24, 2007. Last modified February 22, 2023.