Fans of the fearsome threesome- Yakko, Wakko and Dot -- can rejoice: Animaniacs delivers the goods. But most fans are under the age often, and the game play is aimed toward them.
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The game follows the adventures of the Warner Brothers, Wakko and Yakko, and their sister, Dot. They've been imprisoned in a water tower on the WB set since 1930, and now they're loose, wreaking havoc on the various sets and trying to collect movie-related items so they can open up a memorabilia shop.
You control all three Animaniacs, using Button C to switch between them. Each character has their own special attack (for instance, Yakko whacks enemies with his paddle ball), which they use to knock off a very funny supporting cast, including Dr. Scratchansniff and some Mafioso pigeons, the Good Feathers. The game takes you into a Western set, a space movie, and even a dinosaur flick. The stages require strategic thinking and the skills of all three Animaniacs, so you'll never go through any stage using just one character.
- Yakko is the only maniac who can move boxes. He can also pull boxes. Try separating these two boxes so you can fill the gap to the right.
- To cross this bridge, unlock the detonator in the upper-left corner.
- Follow these logs to the bottom of the waterfall to find the switch.
The very cartoony graphics are well suited for this game. The detail in the backgrounds is reminiscent of Buster's Hidden Treasures, and each move glides smoothly. The detail even shows up in the characters' expressions.
The hilarious and wacky theme music from the show accompanies the game, but it quickly gets annoying. There are no voice-overs for the characters, which is also a loss, and the standard sound effects rarely make it past the ho-hum level.
Be careful of floodlights. They're temporary and will disappear from under you.
Controlling the characters takes a little practice. While switching between characters is no problem, making the precise jumps can make you manic. Once you get the controls down, however, the rest of the game is easy.
- Having trouble getting past a certain obstacle? Dot's Kiss has a multitude of effects.
- You don't have to eliminate Ralph to progress. Just stun him with Yakko's Paddle Ball and move on.
The game is a side scroller with less action than adventure: There's not a lot of enemy bashing or set crashing. It's more strategy oriented, requiring you to think about what to do next rather than just blast through a level. Konami's return to side scrolling (after the dull Acme All-Stars) is reason enough to rejoice.
Use Wakko's hammer to set switches and light bombs or fuses.
If you're a fanimaniac, then this lineup of wackos is just as good as the cartoon show, but it's an acquired taste. Animaniacs will keep your sides hurtin', but not your thumbs.