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Beavis and Butt-Head

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Released: 1994

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: Game Gear

Publisher: Viacom New Media

Developer: NuFX

Submitted by: Matt Gander

Believe it or not, this is one of the most impressive GameGear game ever made. Rather than looking like a Sega Master System game crammed onto a smaller screen, which is how most GameGear games look, it instead resembles a low-res Mega Drive game.

And whereas the majority of GameGear games only had a handful of speech samples (or in most cases, just the “Seeeaga!” on start up) in Beavis and Butt-Head every time you get hurt by an enemy a close up of the immature duo appears and their memorable laughs can be heard along with words like “fart knocker” and “dumb ass”. The developers even had a go a lip-synching during these scenes – something unheard of on an 8-bit format.

The plus points don’t end there – the sprites are large, well drawn and nicely animated with Beavis and Butt-Head both appearing on the screen at once. The sprites do flicker a bit when there’s too much going on the screen, but even Treasure’s superlative GameGear conversion of Gunstar Heroes suffers from this.

Unfortunately though, it doesn’t play that well. In a way it reminds me of Paperboy – everything is out to drain your health bar and ruin your day, from cars reversing out of the backgrounds to low flying birds and stray bowling balls flung down the street. On the first level there’s dozens of unexploded bomb to avoid, which seems rather bizarre seeing that all Beavis and Butt-Head are trying to do is find money together for concert tickets.

Not one to put graphics over gameplay, I’d say that this is one for GameGear collectors and Beavis and Butt-Head fans only. I'm assuming here that Beavis and Butt-Head fans exists – the fact that the entire 9 disk collectors set only costs £9.99 on Amazon tells me that there can’t be many around…