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Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt (GameCube) review


"And the moral of today's story is, Win a free trip to Tahiti!"


And the moral of today's story is, Win a free trip to Tahiti!
The 90s was filled with cartoons that shaped an entire generation, as the 80s did prior. Warner Bros. was hot in the trail of comic creativity and Steven Spielberg still had some ideas under his sleeve that would show in the shape of Animaniacs, perhaps one of the most brilliant and odd cartoons that would indulge your afternoons after a long day of icky school and schoolwork.

Animaniacs would not only feature a mish mesh of traditional animation but also feature certain jokes that as kids would just go way over their heads at that time.

The Great Edgar Hunt was one of such games which would translate the cartoon's humor and kid-friendly design while giving you a heavy dose of nostalgia as you play through. You control Yakko, eldest of the unruly Warner Brothers at the beginning, searching for your siblings and the Edgars awards which had been scattered all over the Warner Bros. lot. As you transverse the various movie-themed locations you will come across Dot and Wacko who have been captured and will aid you on your quest, along with completing certain tasks given to further your mission in obtaining the evasive Edgars.

As you search for said awards you will also collect certain items which reflect the theme of the section you wander upon, such as reel canisters, lumps of gold, and whatnot. You will also collect apples which replenish your health. At times you will take control of the likes of Pinky and The Brain which will then open up a separate mini game on which you must complete to continue your quest.

The controls are quite simple, you use one for jumping which can be turned into a double jump allowing you to hover for a while (or in Dot's instance, a triple jump using her dress as a glider,) another to attack with a cartoonish oversized mallet. If you use the mallet while running, the characters spin around with it, but you must be careful not to overdo it or they will become dizzy and vulnerable for attacks. The weapon of choice is also different with each Warner, but the change is just cosmetic. Once you rescue the rest of the siblings you have an option to switch between them at any given time during gameplay, but again, there's not much difference other than having a different character with a few tweaks on their movements and limited abilities.

Puzzles and objectives are pretty much the center point in obtaining the shiny Edgars, and there are also other goodies you can find which open bonuses within the game. Every time you collect an Edgar you have a chance to save and continue, or just continue the game overall. It would be recommended that you may save at any chance the game allows you to being that this is the only way to save progress as there is no save menu to use.

Besides the simplistic gameplay and amusing soundtrack the game features funny one-liners spoken by characters, reflecting the theme of the cartoon on which they hail from. This only adds to the nostalgia for those who remember said cartoon show but it would also amuse others overall.

Personally, I could not help but to smile the times I played this game. Being a huge fan of animation and playing games which catch the nature of such is something I always treasure and Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt does not disappoint. Not only do I recommend it to any fan of the cartoon but also to anyone who would have a great time playing a slapstick cartoony game. Helloooo nurse!

3.5/5

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Community review by CptRetroBlue (February 04, 2019)

Cpt. Retro likes old school gaming the most and grew up playing Arcade games in Mexico. He also loves talking about retrogaming.

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