Review by Psycho Penguin
"Even my mom loves to play it..."
My mom does not like to play many video games, so when she does play one, it must be a very special game. So that would make Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle a very special game. Because not only did my mom loved to play this game back in the days, but I still remember when she stayed up all night trying to get every password in the game. That will always mean a lot to me. Hell, even my sister plays this game sometimes, and she has played about 10 games in her entire lifetime!
Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle is an unique game, because all members of the family will love to play it. It is simply one of the most family friendly games out there. As I mentioned, my mom and sister loved to play this game. And they really dislike playing a lot of games, so if they love to play a game, then the game must be something special. While I did not enjoy it as much as they did, I still think it is a solid game.
The storyline to the game is really basic, as you are Bugs Bunny, and all the Loony Tunes characters have turned against you, so you need to defeat them to save your girlfriend, Babs. Wow, another save the girl storyline. Haven't seen THAT one used yet.
Well, Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle may not have had the best graphics, but it did feature a nice variety of well designed backgrounds. There were lots of backgrounds in this game, from the basic building design to the more advanced pipeline designs. The main problem here is the fact that the same backgrounds repeat themselves, so they get a tad boring. Enemy and character designs were well done, as all your favorite Loony Tunes characters are featured in this game. Some of the enemy designs were a bit small, and some looked a little weird, like that cowboy color, who had this really weird yellowish color to him. This game has nice graphics.
Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle has great music, that I will remember forever. Some of the tunes just kind of stuck in my head over time. The first stage's song is great, the last stage's song is great, every stage has great music. There is also a variety to the music, because the music in the pipeline stages is different than the music featured in the building levels. However, just like with the graphics, the same songs repeat themselves sometimes, but it never really gets too annoying. I love the main title theme, and the victory theme is also sweet.
Sound effect wise, Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle features all the basic sounds, like the sound that happens when you push a ten ton object on an enemy's head ^_^. There isn't too much of a variety, but the sound effects that were featured were definitely pretty solid. Most of the sound effects came from going up the various pipes, or shooting out your rocket punch and hitting an enemy. Overall, this game has nice music and good sound effects.
The gameplay in Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle is definetly original and very innovative. Unlike Birthday Blowout, this game is not a side scrolling action/adventure game. Nope, this game is much more original than that. Basically, this game has you walking around, pushing objects onto enemies while collecting carrots. Once you collect all the carrots in a stage, you have completed it and can move onto the next stage. You don't have to kill enemies, but it makes the stages a whole lot easier if you do. It is really fun and innovative.
It's a little hard to explain, but I will try my best. Stages span from left to right, and have you walking up stairs and going through doors, which send you either up or down to the next door. You can't kill enemies by jumping on them, as you can't jump, so you need to use a bit of strategy in order to defeat them. Sometimes, you need to use a rocket punch. For the most part, though, you need to push boxes over them. When you see a box or crate, you can make the enemy go below the crate, by having them chase after you, then going up the stairs. The enemy will keep going, then push the box onto him to kill him. It's really neat.
The pipe stages are even cooler, as it opens up a whole new wave of strategy. There are pipes all over the place, and you can go through them, where they twist and turn and leave you off at another place. However, the enemies can also go through the pipes, so it opens up a whole new spectrum of gameplay. The pipes turn all over the place, so you will need to map out the stages pretty well in order to avoid getting stuck in a place you don't want to be.
The replay value is quite high, but so is the challenge. Spanning sixty stages, the game will take you a while to complete, even with the password system. Therefore, you will definitely want to replay it to the end. And even with the lack of secrets, the fact remains that the game is a lot of fun to play, so you will want to play it some more. Long term though, there isn't much here to keep you attached.
One of the games that will live in my memories forever, Bugs Bunny's Crazy Castle is a fun alternative to your basic ''shoot em up'' or side scrolling adventure game. It is well worth a purchase, if not for the innovation, then for the fact that you can keep your little sister from annoying you all the time. Plus, you would enjoy this game, too, so it's a no brainer.
-It's fun for the whole family!
-The music is really good.
-The game is innovative, as there really isn't anything else quite like this.
-Replay value and challenge are both really high.
Not So Good Points
-The same music and backgrounds keep repeating.
-Now your mom and sister will hog your NES...
-The controls could use a little work, due to the fact you can't jump, which does open more strategy.
-Long term replay value is really non existent.
I Run Down The Game... Psycho Penguin Style!
Storyline - 2.1/10
Graphics - 8.7/10
Music - 9.5/10
Sound Effects - 9.1/10
Controls - 8.2/10
Gameplay - 8.3/10
Replay Value - Above Average
Challenge - Above Average
Is This Game Worth A Purchase? - Yes.
Overall - 8.2/10
The Bottom Line
This game is a worthy purchase, as it's unique and fun.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 04/21/00, Updated 01/08/02
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