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atari warlords
Written by  :  Alex L (1101)
Written on  :  Oct 26, 2015
Rating  :  2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars

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Best swept under the rug

The Good

The graphics are nice. All of the characters are recognisable and have good animation. The bright colours fit the cartoon theme. The music is also half-decent, as you would expect some of it is cheesy and most of it forgettable, but it's not offensive to ears.

The Bad

THQ had the reputation for buying movie licenses and putting out sloppy games. Unfortunately, this is one. The controls seem a bit stiff, jumping over bad guys is difficult and you often find yourself bumping into them. There are some platforms that require precise jumping and due to bad programming you often fall through the platforms.

To access the levels you need tickets that are won by playing mini games, this is tedious and unnecessary as none of the minigames are fun. While the theme of winning tickets to go on the rides (levels) fits in with the film it is poorly executed.

The puzzles are also very difficult, certainly too difficult for the children this is aimed at. One mine kart ghost train level requires levers to be pushed to switch tracks is hard as there are no clues, just trial and error. Worst of all the levels have a timer and it is often quite stingy on the earlier levels.

The Bottom Line

I was a fan of The Rugrats TV series and films when it started and with the scope of the source material available I'm disappointed a good game wasn't made from it. The game can be bought as a loose cartridge for less than $5 (USD) or £2 (GBP), but even for those cheap prices it's not worth playing or owning. Get the Mario Land, Kirby Donkey Kong or The Smurfs games instead.

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