Scooby Doo Mysterya game by Sunsoft
- Genre: adventure
- Players: 1
- Save feature: battery backup
- Publisher: Acclaim
- Developer: Sunsoft
- Available: 1995
Ruh Roh Raggy! That's right - Scooby, Shaggy, Thelma and the whole gang are now part of a graphic adventure!
The look of the TV show is captured wonderfully, from Shaggy's walk to Scooby's dialogue. However, watching the cartoon is a much more exciting way to enjoy these elements. What Scooby suffers from is a slow interface that has no place on a gaming console. It takes forever to choose Talk, Look, Use, etc. and then click on the proper item which ultimately makes you not want to play. The idea is a good one, solve one or two mysteries with the hapless Shaggy and Scooby, but the application of the idea was done in an uninventive old format.
If you have the patience to wade through the slow interface, there are puzzle elements, humor, and surprise endings that reward you, but the amount of reward you get isn't worth the amount of pain this game causes.
The mystery-solving bunch of Saturday morning has gotten its own video game. Scooby Doo, along with his other Hanna Barbera pals now faces a new mystery within the confines of an old hotel. It's up to you and the rest of the gang to solve it.
You must search throughout the hotel for clues and items. There are plenty of places to go and you can use many things within your immediate area, such as doors, books, chalkboards, garden hoses, and many other items.
ProTip: To get clue points, take new objects to Velma whenever you find them.
Hop inside the Mystery Machine with Shaggy and Scooby. You guide the pair through a series of side-scrolling mysteries, getting clues from Freddy, Scooby snacks from Daphne, and the Mystery Status from Velma. Bonus games like the "Wac-A- Monster" or "Make a Scooby Sandwich" help you.
The characters are successfully re-created, and the monsters will scare the pants off you. Although there isn't much action, the backgrounds are detailed. The sound lacks voice effects and the famous theme song, but you'll enjoy the limited soundtrack.
Reading maps and piecing together puzzles may not fulfill the action quota, but Scooby Doo does provide an intriguing adventure for kids.
- Use Scooby's sniffing abilities to find hidden items.
Zoinks! The Mystery Machine posse needs you to help solve the riddles of Blake's Hotel and Ha Ha Carnival.
As Shaggy (with Scooby in tow), you investigate mysteries based on actual episodes. The easy interface has a menu of commands to help you collect items and clues. The puzzles aren't all easy, however.
- In the hotel, Use the dumbwaiter to descend to the kitchen. Then Push the flour and Look through the peephole.
- In the Carnival Arcade, Look through Window 2 to see Velma, Daphne, and Fred stuck in the boat. Go help them!
Both mysteries are broken up by cinematic ghost chases. These and the graphics capture the show's flavor. The average sounds are rescued by music that kicks with a solid translation of the TV tunes.
If you're a fan of the series, this is a nice rental down memory lane. If not, this is a "Scooby Don't."
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