Scooby-Doo Mystery Review (SNES)

Scooby-Doo Mystery for the Super Nintendo Review!

 

Scooby-Doo the classic mystery solving dog Scooby-Dew has made quite a few video games over there years and tons of TV Series but how is there second game in there video game series?The first Scooby-Doo game “Scooby-Doo” also called “Scooby-Doo Castle Mystery” was developed in 1986 by Gargoyle Games for the Smstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, and the Commodore Plus/4 Personal computers. But that game is not what we are he for we are here for “Scooby-Doo Mystery” for the Super Nintendo. Scooby-Doo Mystery was created by Argonaut Software LTD, and Illusions Gaming Company for the Sega Genesis version.The game was published by Acclaim, Sunsoft, and Hanna-Barbera Productions. The game is a single player game that controls like a platformer but has gameplay similar to a point and click adventure game.

 

The main menu has the classic haunted house background seen in the Scooby-Doo original theme song and has 3 options New Game, Password (Put in a password that would take you back to the level you left off at), and Controller Config. Controller Config lets you chose between 2 controls styles with little change other than the sprint button and a few other minor controller changes. Once you have selected New Game you go to a cutscene of the Mystery Machine driving (Through a dark spooky forest) and with Shaggy saying “Sh.. Sh.. Ship wreck. That doesn’t sound like the sort of place I’d like to spend a vacation!!” It is explained that you are on the case of the Red Ryan ship being haunted by ghost pirate named “One-Eyed Matt (I know pretty spooky). Once the cutscene is finished you find yourself walking through the door of the ghost ship the rest of the gang along for the ride. Fred tells you “No need to be scared, Guys! It’s only an empty wreck. Those newspaper stories are just hog wash. There aren’t any ghostly pirates!” the game then let’s you take control of Scooby and Shaggy after about 3 1/2 steps a ghost pirate jumps in contradicting Fred’s statement and tells you to leave or doom!

Too Spooky

This is when the gameplay starts your job is to go around and pick up items to give to Velma. This game plays with a sidescrolling camera that works well. one thing you notice is a “fright Meter” at the top of the screen things like the main villain, rats, and…  Parrots. The only way to make the meter go down is from eating a Scooby Snack which Daphne gives you time to time. When you get “Scared” it will cause this meter to go up when it completely fills there is an animation of Scooby and Shaggy do an animation of getting scared and running away. While I am at the topic of this animation all animation is very smooth in this game and the graphics are great it looks like the characters were taken right off the screen but the same “death” animation is played no matter what happens to you. Fall from a really high area you run away scared fall into water off a boat animation of you getting scared and running away, although this is nothing to complain about and actually quite humorous at time I thought it was worth mentioning.

Too Spooky

Let’s talk about gameplay this game task you with exploring the levels and finding different items find this really enjoyable and like it but the game babies you for everything. At one point you notice an open barrel instead of in most adventure games you having to figure out to look in it there are big white letters over it saying “look here!” I gave the game the benefit of the doubt and thought “hey it’s the first time the searching mechanic is used give the game a break” So eventually I gather evidence and go out into the hall were Fred is and OH NO “One-Eyed Matt” is there! You know what I should do use the trolley I just got and roll it at him to trip. Fred then says that I should use the trolley so instead of figuring this out I just have to listen to what Fred says ruining the puzzle/thinking process of games like this. Later I have to reach a platform my inventory has a box in at and I cannot reach the platform, but to help me the game has “Put the box here!” in big white letters to help me.

Speaking of platforming, let’s just say that just like in the show Scooby and Shaggy are clumsy and the platforming can be a chore making me nervous when getting far into a platform puzzle knowing that I could easily fall of the platforms and have to restart. At the end you solve the case and figure our who the villain is although some of the villains share names from the TV show characters like the “Tar Monster” the TV show and Game do not have the same story/villain. There are 4 levels in this game with 4 different villains the levels are pretty lengthy and have cool scenery. I forgot to mention the controls, the default controls have Left Trigger bringing up the map of the area, Y making you run (If you run into a wall Shaggy lets out a humorous Ooofp) Select will simply select, B will Jump, A will throw, X will search, and Right Trigger will search.One final thing I would like to say about this game is about its music the music sounds great although not award winning it does well giving the Spooky Places a good tone and I think is really well done.

 

Pros

-Good Graphics

-Fun to explore

-Interesting locations

-Fun animations

-Good Music

 

Cons

-Clumsy Jumping

-Babies you

 

Verdict:

Although not a must have if you can get it for cheap and/or like the show or point and click adventure games you may enjoy this game.

I give it a score of 3.5 out of 5.

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