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Fairly Oddparents: Breakin' Da Rules Package Art
 GENRE
  Platformer
 DEVELOPER
  Blitz Games
 PUBLISHER
  THQ
 NUMBER OF PLAYERS
  1
 CONNECTIVITY
  no
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Fairly Oddparents: Breakin' Da Rules

One of the more popular NickToons showing on Nickelodeon right now is Fairly Oddparents. With a cult following and tens of thousands of tweens tuning in each day to catch their favorite episodes, it was merely a matter of time before they would come out with a line of cutlery. Then we’d see a videogame. After THQ brought us the surprise Flying Dutchman and Bikini Bottom in the Spongebob Squarepants series, you’d think that a Fairly Oddparents game would feature some of the great gameplay while still capturing the spirit of the game. Wouldn’t you know, but somehow they screwed up on Breakin’ Da Rules. If you’re expecting another Flying Dutchman, you may as well turn around and wait until the follow-up to Bikini Bottom hits. Fans of the show will certainly enjoy this game. They’ll love it! They’ll go absolutely nuts over it. The rest of us will enjoy the humor, move on, maybe even avert their gaze while perusing the shelves at the local rental shop. Either way, this is a failed attempt at bringing this license to a new height.

visuals

Fairly Oddparents looks very similar to its 2D television show counter-part. Unfortunately, it’s marred by bad level design, horrible model details, and a production value the size of a two for one DVD sale at Hollywood Video. While the overall design of the game compliments the show well with cel-shading, you’ve probably seen better cel-shading in Cel Damage or even before then. It’s a great way to make the game look like the television show, but it fails to actually look great in its own right. The level design is atrocious and features some of the most mundane platform jumping you’ve experienced since you bought Bubsy 3D. That may be an understatement, but when the level design features houses that have only one living space and no furnishings, it’s hard to take the rest of the development efforts seriously. Perhaps we’re meant to believe that it isn’t necessary for a game like this to look great. Sure, it isn’t necessary. It sure wouldn’t hurt, though.

audio

The witty writing and great comedic timing are what save Fairly Oddparents from total disaster. While the vocal samplings have been compressed to the size of a can of peas, the lines are funny and the pace is lightning quick. If only the technical quality were better. In any case, all of your favorite characters reprise their roles for the videogame, just like in any other Nick Games title. The writing is just as great as it is in the television show. The sound effects are very cartoonish but don’t hold a candle to anything else found today. The music is fun and bouncy, but is automatically forgettable and could easily be turned off just for the sake of listening to something else. It isn’t saying a whole lot in mentioning that the writing is the high point of the game because the worst has yet to come.

gameplay

”Think of it as a videogame and you need to push the button really fast. Only different!” Let's face it. If you’ve played one platform title, you’ve played pretty much every platform title. This is certainly the case with Fairly Oddparents. The play mechanics found in this title are stale and belong to a dying breed of boring, repetitive jumping games. The game gets dull quickly, even though the most casual gamer can slide through this title in less than a day. You’ll control Timmy through one of eight adventures, which take place in multiple environments such as Squirrelly Scouts Camp, a grime infected bathtub, Camelot, and even a videogame. Controlling him isn’t all that difficult, but he maneuvers like a bent golf club. With an unresponsive camera, turning and jumping quickly become a hassle, bleeding the fun out of each level. It also tries to throw in a few stealth moments, but it’s sort of like Ashton Kutcher trying to act. If it weren’t for Nick Games' dedicated take on the series, this title would have certainly fell flat on its face. The humor and style brought into the game is what makes it worth playing. Once completed, you certainly wouldn’t want to play another minute of this hum-drum platformer, and frankly, the writing just isn’t enough to save it. If only it had gotten as much attention as the latest Spongebob title or even Tak and the Power of Juju.

multiplayer

N/A

overall

After only eight levels plus the easiest final boss ever, even the most dedicated fans will get a day’s enjoyment out of this game and then never look at it again. I love the show and I can say that this game is certainly a bad, interactive version of the beloved series. It’s hard to wash out the taste of Breakin’ Da Rules, but hopefully time will tell and we’ll be treated to a better follow-up, if there ever is one. If you’ve never seen the show, you may spend your time better there rather than here. If you love the show, you’ll obviously buy this game to support it. If you hate the show, you’ll see that quality time with the local neighborhood raccoons will be more fun than this.

final score 5.0/10





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