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Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights Package Art
 GENRE
  Platformer
 DEVELOPER
  Heavy Iron Studios
 PUBLISHER
  THQ
 NUMBER OF PLAYERS
  1
 CONNECTIVITY
  no
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Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights

There are many licensed titles out there that vary in quality from bad to worse. However, there are a few rare titles that use the license to its advantage rather than a disadvantage. Developer Heavy Iron Studios (otherwise known for their disgraceful, yet still uber-cool Evil Dead: Hail to the King title) takes their experience in videogames and creates a fun, colorful platform title with Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights.

visuals

While playing through this title, I couldn’t help but think that I was playing some form of lost episode. The character models themselves are eerily similar to the animated television series. Scooby himself is animated very nicely and blends in well with the colorful, lively backgrounds. Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights has a fairly tried-and-true camera system. While most of the gameplay uses the pseudo-3D side-scrolling technique, there are also areas, which use a full roaming 3D camera. This amount of visual variety helps keep the monotony of the platforming gameplay down to a minimum.

audio

This is definitely a game that will appeal to everyone in the sound department. Who doesn’t remember the Scooby-Doo theme song or the voices of Scooby, Shaggy and the rest of the Mystery Machine crew? All of these aspects have been excellently recreated with care. However, the sound effects in this title are far from a glorious variety. Most of the sounds are so repetitive it detracts from the flavor of the gameplay.

gameplay

There are a lot of platforming titles currently available for the GameCube. These titles are revolutionary, average, or just plain bad. Fortunately, Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights offers up enough fun gameplay to avoid being your usual “bad” platformer. Unfortunately, there isn’t really enough here to add depth to the genre itself. This title offers a lot of game time with a ton of things to collect in order to complete the game a hundred percent.

To progress through this game, Scooby must collect several Scooby Snacks in order to open up unexplored territory in order to collect more snacks, and so on and so on. The controls are easy to master and aren’t anything different from what you’ve played before. The amount of actual fun you’ll have playing this game, though, is surprising. It could be the nostalgia, but controlling Scooby through all of these obstacles is really a blast.

multiplayer

N/A

overall

There are few licensed titles that offer more than just the license. Thankfully, Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights is a rare gem that only uses the license as a tool to build a very good platform game. Anyone looking for another platform title should pick this game up, but those of you who refuse to believe that there have been “good” platform titles since the release of Super Mario 64, maybe you should look elsewhere… like a therapist for example.

final score 7.9/10





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