Review by Fraghappy

"Zoinks! Another badly-made licensed game..."

Zoinks! You must navigate Shaggy and Scooby through tons of levels in this platform game made by the people at THQ. The game in idea is similar to the Crash Bandicoot games, though it isn’t right to compare this game to the PS1 classic. The game is somewhat short and pretty easy to beat, and was a fairly second-rate game.

The story puts the gang in a cyber world where the “Phantom Menace” and you must journey through 21 levels (7 of which are boss fights) to track down the baddie. Velma is around to save the game for you, and is running the equipment that takes you to the levels. Fred and Daphne aren’t around, but they’ll often give you bits of advice over your radio. However, there is no way to skip these radio messages, and they become incredibly annoying over time. So many of them are incredibly obvious, and really drag things out.

The graphics are mediocre at best, with rather choppy graphics and some bad texturing. The frame rates are occasionally a tad jumpy, which is pretty sad considering the simplicity of rendering that has to be done. Sound-wise, the game has some really good voice acting, and the music is decent, though it can become a little repetitive at times.

The controls are one of the worst parts of this game. Shaggy and Scooby both move really slowly, and often times you will find it really hard to break pots and stuff due to the fact that the calculations with the graphics are not done that well. The “pie attack” takes forever to set up and aim, and is really impractical. There is no real alternate form of attack, and since you have a limited supply of ammo, you are pretty much dead if you run out.

Gameplay is pretty much what you’d expect from any platformer. You go around levels killing enemies, gathering items, and jumping around. You can collect Scooby Snacks, and you get a new life for ever 100 of those, or pies to toss at enemies, along with hamburgers to give you more energy. With 14 true levels and 7 boss fights, the game is fairly short and does not have a whole lot of replay value. Most of the bosses are really easy or ridiculously annoying, and many of the levels are poorly designed and are repetitive.

Overall, Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase is another licensed game that seems to be done hastily made on a low budget. If you are a fan of Scooby Doo, this might be worth your time, but try not to be disappointed if you don’t like it. Remember that 90% of all licensed games suck. To the non-Scooby fans out there, don’t touch this game with a 10-foot pole. If you are itching to play a good platformer, go buy one of the Crash Bandicoot games.


Reviewer's Score: 3/10 | Originally Posted: 12/29/03


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