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Tiny Toon Adventures: Babs' Big Break (Game Boy) review


"Pop quiz: Your best friend, a pink rabbit named Babs, has just been struck by a few stars. She’s somehow gotten into her mind that she’s destined for the high life; swimming pools, paparazzi, movies stars in fast cars. Babs is a triple non-threat: She can’t sing, she can’t dance, she can’t act. So she’s in for a big letdown, most definitely. Nonetheless, she’s Hollywood-bound. "



Pop quiz: Your best friend, a pink rabbit named Babs, has just been struck by a few stars. She’s somehow gotten into her mind that she’s destined for the high life; swimming pools, paparazzi, movies stars in fast cars. Babs is a triple non-threat: She can’t sing, she can’t dance, she can’t act. So she’s in for a big letdown, most definitely. Nonetheless, she’s Hollywood-bound.

Do you:

A) Support and nurture her, wish her well on her journey and start preparing a ‘You’re Still a Star to Us’ party when she inevitably returns.

B) Try and talk her out of it, futile as that may be. Cliché pink bunnies with dreams of fame never listen to reason.

C) Call some friends over, set up the ol’ X-Box, start up a night of Halo 2 and forget she even exists.

D) Go on a totally unnecessary quest to stop her en route to Hollywood, which takes you through the city, under the sewers, into the forest, fighting an army of peanut-spitting cakes and anvil-hurling rats the whole way, all combining to add another forgettable platformer to the Game Boy’s massive arsenal of forgettable platformers.

Me, I would go with C. But, in the case of Tiny Toon Adventures: Babs Big Break, the answer’s D.

This game puts you in the role of one of three characters: Buster Bunny, Plucky Duck, or Hampton J. Pig. You can switch them around on the fly, but there’s very little reason to; all three control exactly the same. The only difference is the kind of fruit they use to fight with.

Buster throws carrots, which makes only the smallest sliver of sense (wouldn’t he rather, you know…eat them?), but his companion’s use even weirder weapons of choice: Plucky throws pineapples that inexplicable bounce around the screen and Hampton rolls watermelons.

Other than that, gameplay is exactly like you’ll find in a hundred different platforms on a dozen different systems. You go around, explore. You jump on the heads of your enemies or pepper them with garden-raised products. The game adds in the other characters from the cartoon show by having you track them down in each level and ask them for help, but since you only get to see these special characters in action through cutscenes and never get to play them yourselves, the gameplay stays dull.

The environments are bland; you’ve got forests, you’ve got cities, you’ve got caves…nothing new.

The enemies are repetitive; they spit stuff at you, throw stuff at you, or try to walk over you. That’s it.

There’s just nothing here to really make this game stand out as platformer. Sonic had blazing speed, Kirby had cool powers, this game lets you…toss fruit. Woohoo.

It’s boring, it’s pointless, it’s barely worth the plastic it’s cased in, and it doesn’t help that it’s all based on a sucky cartoon show from the early nineties. There’s just no reason to mess with this monochromatic mishap.

Rating: 2/10

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Community review by myn_odeus_p (August 25, 2006)

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