Sylvester and Tweety in Cagey Capersa game by TecMagik Entertainment Ltd.
Bringing cartoon characters to video games seems like the de rigueur thing to do these days. Some make the grade, while others simply dry up and blow away. S&T makes the grade, all right... and graduates with honors.
I'll Never Be Your Beast or Birdie
The classic formula from the S&T cartoons is prevalent here. Cat chases bird. Bird gets away. Cat devises numerous schemes and faces insurmountable obstacles to get bird. Bird still gets away. As you take Sylvester on his seven-stage quest forTweety, you'll see more of your favorite Looney Tune characters, such as Cranny (who chases you with a broom and is invincible), Spike the Bulldog (who pesters you and always comes back for more), Baby Kangaroo (who kicks you all over the screen) and even the hideous Jekyll-and-Hyde Tweety (which changes Tweety from an innocuous victim to a vicious predator in a flash).
Thufferin' thuccatash! With a cast of characters like that, you'll definitely need some help, and you get it in the form of Acme hardware: Pogo Sticks for extra leaps, Umbrellas for soft landings, Boxing Cloves and Bones to ward off Spike, and a Shrink Potion to turn the Tweety Monster back to his widdle ol' self.
ProTip: In the lab stage, collect as many potions as possible before taking on the transformed Tweety. Then use the potions on Tweety and immediately scratch him.
The seven harrowing stages include a runaway train (Mayhem Express), a science lab gone bad (Hyde and Shriek), and a cruise ship that's not shipshape (Oceans of Trouble). The object is to get Tweety, who'll usually end up resting at the end of each stage. Each stage has its own difficulty level, and you'll have to stack objects and find power-ups to get through safely. There are even warp zones that can take you back to the beginning of the stage or into an area that was previously inaccessible.
A Thight for Thore Eyes
The graphics in S&T are not groundbreaking, but they follow the straight-edge lines and primary colors of the cartoon very closely (S&T cartoons were animated in a very spare, minimalist style). The characters are well animated, and Sylvester's movements mimic his cartoon style perfectly. All the other characters also follow their cartoon personas to a tee.
The music is sparse and unobtrusive. The sound effects are right on target. You'll even clearly hear Sylvester's lisp as he exclaims, "Hello, breakfutht!" As for control, you may find yourself saying "Thufferin' thuccotash!" often. There's a learning curve involved with the controls. Once you get it down, you shouldn't have any trouble with it. You also need to be extra careful with the controls because seemingly small tumbles result in a hit to Sylvester's health bar.
Twick and Tweet
S&T is a very enjoyable, amusing, and complex game. Although the subject matter seems geared towards cartoon-minded gamers, the challenge is universally appealing. Some stages require a good deal of puzzle solving and item gathering in order to progress, so be prepared to spend some time with this game.
- You can sometimes get an enemy to disappear by leading him off the edge of the screen, pausing, and going back to the game.
- These barrels must be taken off the ledge and placed on the right side of the screen in order to get Tweety from Larry.
So is the game more fun than spending Saturday morning watching the cartoon? Well, you'll definitely use your brain more, and believe it or not, you'll miss the commercials, but if you've got the time, TecMagik has a Tweet in store for you.
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