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Gameplay 7.0
Graphics 8.8
Sound 8.5
Value 7.0
Distributor: THQ
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
May 2005
Reviewer:
Andrew B

7.8

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Scooby Doo Unmasked

Ever since the Scooby Doo movies, the franchise has received a much needed boost and this time, the console world gets Scooby Doo unmasked that has the gamer playing as everyone’s favourite mystery solving pooch, Scooby Doo! Fortunately for Scooby, he has the rest of Mystery Inc. gang to uncover the mystery behind a series of unfortunate events.

At the beginning of the game, players learn about the gang’s latest destination, which just so happens to be a visit to Fred’s cousin, Jed. However, their plans go awry when they arrive at the location of Jed’s occupation (which just so happens to be a creator of animatronic creatures that make viewing monster oriented motion pictures worthwhile) where they discover that the whereabouts of Fred’s cousin are unknown and the unsettling news that his creations (each with their own devious intentions) have also been mysteriously missing in action. What’s the gang to do? Do what they do best, of course, to go out and solve that mystery.

Playing as Scooby, you’ll be thrust into the charming world that anyone who’s ever watched the animated series has come to adore from the franchise in which ghouls, poltergeists pulling pranks, and other menacing creatures do their absolute best to strike fear into the hearts of the beloved brown pooch and his pals. Luckily for Scoob, he has access to a variety of different of costumes (all of which work to his benefit given the fact each costume grants him different abilities he does not normally possess in his standard form). While the game surely makes an attempt to add some depth to the gameplay with the implementation of these costumes, it ends up feeling rather cheap in both execution and incorporation (more on that later).

In addition from hopping, swinging, and flying from one platform another in order to accomplish your goal of getting from point A to point B, the game throws a variety of different enemies at you in accordance to which environment you’re currently playing in. You’ll come face to face with animatronic ninjas, spiders, phantoms, armoured knights and other baddies that you’ll combat throughout Unmasked .

The biggest issue with these enemies is that they’re aren’t particularly smart. They’ll make their best efforts to bring you down on your four legged behind with two to three basic attacks, some of which can at times be pretty cheap (especially when jumping from one platform to the next while getting a shuriken thrown at you).

Despite their lack of offensive ability, they do serve a purpose. Throughout the game, your fallen enemies leave behind Mubber, a material which can be deposited into machines in order to compose items that work to your benefit. In utilizing this substance, Scooby can slip into something more lethal by creating costumes.

The most exceptional part of the game is how the graphics perfectly emulate the look and feel of an actual Scooby Doo episode. The game’s visuals are running on a cel shaded engine rather than the latest and greatest engines complete with complex bump mapping and bloom effects. It was nice to see that some actual thought went into going about how the game should look, which is probably why the game’s style has an edge over the game’s lack of substance.

In conclusion, Scooby Doo: Unmasked is a great title that is aimed at children that is a stock standard platformer with a touch of action, adventure and mystery. Graphically, the title is rather adept but unfortunately the gameplay of the title leaves a little to be desired for the older gamer, strictly recommended for the under 15 crowd. Scooby Doo: Unmasked is not a bad game, it's just a good game that should be aimed at the right market. Great for kids! 
 






 
 



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