Review by KFHEWUI
"Has the style of the show but dull game play ruins it"
It is a normal day in the cul-de-sac, and the Ed's are up to their normal routine until Jimmy approaches with a ticket. Turns out there is a contest going on that will give the winner a whole box of jawbreaker, and the Ed's set out to get a ticket.
The story is one of the game's strongest parts, and it stays faithful to the show with the characters acting and talking like they should.
Upon reaching the main menu, the theme song starts playing, and once again another Ed, Edd, 'n Eddy game butchers the theme song. The rest of the sound track is decent but forgettable, and there are a few spoken lines in the game. Thankfully the actors reprise their role from the show.
Ed, Edd, 'n Eddy: Jawbreakers takes place over six levels with each level split up into several sections, and the game will take players from the cul-de-sac to the trailer park. The player gets to control one Ed at a time and swapping between each one is simply done by pressing "L" or "R", and the controls are a mix bag. Movement and swapping between characters is responsive, but the "A" and "B" suffer from cramped commands. "A" and "B" does several things, and it never feels natural or responsive.
Graphics is the only other good area of the game, and the style of the show was captured perfectly even down to the run and walk animations. Jawbreakers is a good looking game, but if only it played as good as it looks.
Each Ed has their own skills and strengths, and Ed can push heavy objects, Edd can use items like wrenches, and Eddy can double jump. It is necessary to use each Ed's abilities to progress forward yet also there are coins that can be collected along the way. Each character can only pick up coins of their corresponding color which makes no sense. Why not just have each character pick any money instead of color coated money. Not only this, but Ed and Double D's coins are near impossible to get because they are out of the way and neither one of them can double jump like Eddy.
As the player progresses they will come up to a small dog, and they will discover there is no way to attack. These animals must be dodged and jumping over them as Eddy and Ed is not too difficult however Edd cannot jump worth squat so it is impossible for him to jump over the dogs. Quickly the player will learn that one hit means instant death, and they will either be sent back to the beginning of the level or the last checkpoint. The game starts off with three lives and when all the lives are gone, the player can choose to continue which will start them back at the beginning of the level.
Jawbreakers is a standard platforming affair including jumping over pits, items to collect, and platform jumping, and the jumping parts are fatally flawed. The hit detection is questionable which can make the platforming frustrating due to the fact that even a perfect jump will sometimes have players falling through the edge of the platform this is a huge problem for Edd. The biggest problem is with the objects in the background which can be walked upon for example tree tops and fences can be walked upon however the player can only jump on specific parts of the tree but it is never clear where the player can and cannot land this leads to a lot of miss jumps. Even worse are the fences especially when they are placed over wet cement, and numerous times I would receive a cheap death because I would fall through a hole in the fence that is no marked at all and when playing as Edd this is a true nightmare because Edd cannot jump for squat.
The biggest problem with the game is that the gameplay is flat out boring, dull, and repetitive, and I had a hard time trying to stay interested in the game that is when I was not dying constantly from Edd land in cement because he cannot jump for squat.
There is no replay value whatsoever, and there are two difficulties to select from however just getting through the game once is bad enough that there is no reason or desire to replay this game whatsoever.
Ed, Edd, 'n Eddy: Jawbreakers is another failed Ed game, and not even the most die hard of Ed, Edd, 'n Eddy fans will find anything worthwhile or enjoyable about this game. So instead if you are a fan of the show, pick up The Mis-Edventures for the PS2, X-Box, or GCN since it is an excellent game and avoid this dull and lackluster game.
Reviewer's Score: 4/10 | Originally Posted: 09/10/12
Game Release: Ed, Edd n Eddy: Jawbreakers! (US, 09/15/02)
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