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Scooby-Doo Night of 100 Frights

Developer: Heavy Iron Studios | Publisher: THQ
Players: 1 Player Game | Release Date: 08/27/03 | Genre: Adventure

When you were a kid there was nothing better then to sit down and watch your favorite cartoon. And for most of us that play the Playstation 2 there was one cartoon that was probably one of your favorite cartoons. He is the real star of the show although the rest of the "gang" would beg to differ. But if you had your choice of Shaggy, Daphne, Velma, Fred or the star of this week's review I am sure the choice would be pretty simple.

Sing it along with me! "Scooby Doobie Doo, where are you? We've got some work to do now!" What a great song! And thoughts of it bring me back to when I was sitting back, eating my morning cheerios or coming home from a hard day of fingerpainting and Show-and-Tell, and relaxing with my good old friend Scooby-Doo! Well, if you are like me and remember the good old Scooby-Doo cartoons, then you will love this game.

Night of 100 Frights combines the classic Scooby-Doo cartoon characters of Mystery, Inc. including Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy and classic villains in captivating gameplay. Only Scooby-Doo can save his friends when a dubious mastermind kidnaps the gang with alternative plans for their fate. With the use of wacky inventions, Scooby-Doo battles mysterious monsters while searching for clues in more than 12 huge levels, including a creepy mansion, a spooky cave and a ghostly graveyard. Through it all, Scooby still has time to pick up Scooby Snacks and a host of other wacky power-ups to help foil the Mastermind's evil plans!

You control Scooby-Doo through the numerous levels searching for clues, power-ups, and of course, Scooby's favorite Scooby snacks. The game has a little bit of a Super Mario Brothers feel and by that I mean you go from section to section completing little missions in order to get access to other areas. You will need to collect Scooby snacks to gain access to certain areas and you will need special inventions (power-ups) in order to find the gang. And of course with every great adventure game there are bosses you will need to defeat to move on. But you won't fight them fist-to-paw. You will need to find objects or different ways to attack them and eventually defeat them.

This game also reminds me of Lugi's Mansion in the fact that it is in a dark and spooky mansion where anything can happen. This is a great effect because it keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time wondering what will happen next. It also makes for great comedy and for those of you that have watched the cartoons you know that is another big part of the whole Scooby-Doo appeal.

The graphics in this game are very good as you can see from the screenshots. I think this has a lot to do with the lighting and the dark and spooky feel to the game. The characters look terrific, though, and every detail has been put into Scooby and the gang! The Audio is absolutely perfect! THQhas brought most of the original voices of the TV series into this game. Voices like Don Knotts (the voice of that shady groundskeeper) and Tim Conway (good old Professor Graham) just to name a few. This audio is so precise to the old cartoon, it's scary. They even have an old, cheesy laugh track! It really enhances the Scooby-Doo feel!

What is not so good? With any adventure game one of the hardest things to keep from happening is the bad camera views and not even this game is able to avoid that. A couple times in this game you will find the camera angles to be a little too hard to see where you are going. But the good thing about that is: if you do miss a jump or fall off something, you don't have to worry. There is no set number of lives or continues in this game! This really helps and makes the game a lot more enjoyable!

I hate to say this but I am addicted to this game! It is a a lot of fun and very deep. There are so many different things to do and so much to see that this game will keep you busy for a long time. But be warned -- it is hard to sit the controller down after you get into it! The best thing about this game though? It is rated E for everyone by the ESRB which means not only can you enjoy it but you can bring in the little ones and have them play along or just let them play and you won't have to worry about anything inappropriate popping up on the screen. As Scooby-Doo is so popular with the kids, this would be a great way for you remember your childhood and share it with your children! Who would have thought that a Scooby-Doo video game would bring us all together? This is a good one!

By Chris "Hoss" Neupert - 07/01/02
ESRB Details: Comic Mischief
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