Stay Tooned! (PC) review
"I'd bet you've never seen Stay Tooned! before, and I'd also bet why: it's a decade-old graphic adventure that gets wrongly marked as edutainment. A game with a worse rep there may be, but I haven't heard of it."
A few years ago, back when dinosaurs ruled the earth, Saturday morning was a hallowed time for the preteen pack. Batman: The Animated Series! Ghostbusters! Freakazoid! Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! People lucky enough to remember those shows can recall what unadulterated, adult-free entertainment Saturday once brought. Legs crossed and eyes locked on the TV screen, mesmerized by the cheap laughs, the tight action, the quickie plots that fit oh-so nicely in a thirty-minute time slot. Good times.
Saturday morning cartoons have sunken in recent years, and they're not far from rock bottom; filling up with bad animes, American cartoons trying to be bad animes, and girly shows. Yu-Gi-Oh? Xiaolin Showdown? The Winx Club? The next generation's destined to be a bunch of card-slinging, wannabe-otaku ninnies.
How do you appease the disease? Me, I'd suggest Stay Tooned!
I'd bet you've never seen Stay Tooned! before, and I'd also bet why: It's a decade-old graphic adventure that gets wrongly marked as edutainment. A game with a worse rep there may be, but I haven't heard of it.
Pity. While it may not have the
boring deep puzzles of Monkey's Island or some other graphic adventure I don't care to play, Stay Tooned! is a fun experience. That's enough.
It all starts when your remote control breaks. However, instead of just fritzing and forcing you to do the unthinkable act of walking over to the TV, the remote control bends reality, turning your apartment complex into a cartoon-world that breaks every law science ever made. Apparently, it was a magical remote or…something. It’s never explained and it doesn’t need to be. The important thing is that the time-space continuum is getting a new hole ripped and the apartment complex is filled with dozens of crazed creatures, all lead by two dogs, three cats, and an irratated penguin.
Staff review by Zack Little (January 13, 2006)
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