Scooby-Doo 2
Monsters Unleashed

Format: GBA

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Age Restrictions: 3+

Someone has brought the costumes of Scooby's greatest villains to life and now they're threatening all of Coolsville. Can you help Scooby and the gang solve the mystery before their hometown and their reputation are wrecked?...

Here's the biggest mystery of all: Why is it that there has not been a single Scooby-Doo game released that is any good? I've played several games based on this franchise (Classic Creep Capers, Cyber Chase, Night of 100 Frights and Mystery Mayhem to name just four) and they have all been huge disappointments.

It's not as though game developers have to spend months creating new characters and environments - we all know the members of Mystery Inc. And a plot can be borrowed from the basic story line of every Scooby cartoon mystery. Yet still we are given dull platform games which offer nothing new.

Monsters Unleashed is based loosely on the new movie, and yet still we are given a run-of-the-mill platform game. Change the characters and this could be any second rate game. In fact, it was a real struggle to keep playing past the first few levels.

There are a number of mini-games which are fun to play. My favourite sees you control the Mystery Machine, driving around the streets with a Pterodactyl in hot pursuit. It looks a lot like the old style Grand Theft Auto (1 or 2), only not as much fun. But these mini-games still don't detract from a poorly designed main game.

Instead of buying this, I'd spend your money on buying videos of the original cartoon series. You'll get a lot more satisfaction.

Pete Boomer

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