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Quest for the Shaven Yak starring Ren & Stimpy

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Released: 1994

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: Game Gear

Publisher: Sega

Developer: Realtime

Submitted by: Matt

The first time I heard about this game was not in Mean Machines Sega, CVG or Sega Power but in Sonic the Comic. Their review wasn’t favourable, and to be honest I didn’t even know who Ren & Stimpy were at the time, but it tickled my fancy and I found the title amusing. Actually, I still do!

There was just one little snag – I didn’t own a GameGear. So, when I first started collecting GameGear stuff a few years ago this was one of the first games I tracked down.

Was it worth the wait? Not particularly. There’s a good use of colour and the graphics are well drawn, although poorly animated, but it’s a very standard platformer. Both Ren and Stimpy are playable – Ren can jump higher than Stimpy and throws toothbrushes while Stimpy spits out furballs and can smash certain objects. Each character has three lives, giving you six in total to aid your quest to find the legendary shaven yak and return his missing hooves.

The first level is entitled ‘The Blacker than Black Forest’ while others include ‘The Stinking Dry Desert’ and ‘Perilous Mt. Hoek’. Considering the cartoon series is beyond imaginative it’s sad to see the duo having to trek through the same old uninspired backdrops.

The only stand out moment is when you pause the game. The screen goes black with only Ren or Stimpy’s eyes appearing on the screen and when you unpause it you’ll either see them scratching their behind or sipping a cup of coffee before smiling embarrassingly.

Stick with Stimpy’s Invention on the Mega Drive for your chihuahah/manx cat kicks.