The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt

The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt

He's ooky, he's y kooky, and he's Home Alone. He's Pugsley, the rotund young Addams who has a missing family in Ocean's new NES game, The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt. Fans of the cartoon and fans of long, colorful games will get mild enjoyment from this challenging hop-n-bop adventure.

ProTip: While outside, don the Flying Beanie Cap to zoom up to the roof for some extra goodies.

Pugsley's Dream Land

With Gomez, Wednesday, and the rest of his weird family kidnapped and hidden away, Pugs has got the spooky Addams mansion to himself, and it's some mansion! The Addams' humble home is an expansive place where you can roam. There are seven main rooms to explore, plus exterior gardens, a graveyard, and all kinds of hidden passageways and secret chambers with power-up potential. Loony cartoony graphics and dozens of inventive enemies await the inquisitive gamer at every turn. While not nearly as imaginative as some of the top eight-bit kingdoms, the Addams' abode is still choice NB real estate.

As solid as the graphics are, they're still not enough to compensate for the uninteresting, lackluster sounds and music.

Pugsley's close shave -- this guillotine has two blades, an upper and a lower. Time your move carefully.

The Problem with Pugs

Besides average, squeaky sounds, Pugsley's other major flaw is in the Hunt's repetitive game play, which will make you crazier than Uncle Fester. Pugsley's pretty out of shape, so he has limited skills. A few power-ups grant him brief bursts of speed or flying abilities, but basically he just bounces around bombing his enemies, level after level. Control is easy, but monotonous. Didn't we all master the hop-n- bop a few years ago with a certain Italian plumber?

Fortunately, there are passwords and unlimited continues to keep you going through the game. You'll need all those continues, too, because the Hunt is deceptively hard. Beginners will be scavenging for On/Off Switches and exit doors long after Thing has turned out the lights.

  • In the tunnels outside the Addams' mansion, walk through the wall for surprises.
  • Jump at the right moment to bounce high off these cannonballs.

Pugs Punny

You want to like Pugsley, especially after scanning some of the graphics. But eventually, his Scavenger Hunt will make you Lurch out of the room.

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Riding a wave of hot entertainment licenses, Ocean has added a second installment to its SNES Addams Family series, The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt. This sequel game is based on the animated Addams Family TV series.

The TV show is definitely eccentric, and The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt has a few eccentricities of its own. Fantastic graphics, creepy music, a huge map, a high level of difficulty, and lots of secret rooms help enhance the straightforward game play. This is a solid game for the advanced gamer.

In the game, trouble-making sister, Wednesday, has scattered six odd heirlooms around the mansion, and Pugsley's determined to retrieve the goodies at all costs. Pugsley can take the first four rooms in any order: the Attic, the Lab, the Bathroom, and the Loft. Morticia's Lair and Wednesday's Bedroom are last on the hit list.

Pugsley's Predicament

You won't need a crystal ball to divine Pugsley's plan of action. Like the first Addams game, it's side-scrolling, item-gathering gaming throughout. Pugsley's actions are limited to running, jumping, climbing, ducking, and swimming. He doesn't get power-up weapons like his pop, Gomez, did in the previous Addams game.

ProTip:

  • To make a long jump under a low ceiling, run and lightly tap the button, or you'll hit your head and die.
  • Walk through walls and jump everywhere to find secret rooms.

Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt looks positively mah-velous. Rich backgrounds, superb color, and wonderfully weird bad guys paint a lavish 16-bit portrait with graphics straight from the TV cartoon.

In the Lab, you'll see a 1-up encased by blocks. Leap up and to the right to hit the green block and unlock your prize.

Creepy music and reverberating effects provide the game with a solid sound track. However, the songs recycle quickly, and some levels share the same tunes. All in all, the sounds are a bit better than par for the course.

Learning the Hard Way

To play Pugsley, you'd better have a high threshold of frustration. This game offers unlimited continues and adjustable starting lives, but it's still one of the toughest SNES games around. The levels are mega-long, so you'll replay the scenes more times than you could count on a dozen dismembered hands. Although the controls are clean, you'll still spend several lives learning how to pass the convoluted enemies and pitfall setups.

  • To dispose of an exploding trap in the Bathroom's Underwater segment, move close, then swim above and to its left. The shrapnel will miss you.
  • Ride the cannon balls in the Loft to reach new areas. Use the cannons to knock out walls and grab 1-ups.

Pugsley's a fierce finger-flexing exercise, but the game play is more linear than a Mario, Sonic, or Bubsy adventure. The graphics and sounds shine, but the game may be just too tough to give most gamers a really fun fright-fest. If you're ooky and kooky enough, take it on.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Ocean
  • # of players: 1
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: November 1993
  • Number of Levels: 6
  • Theme: Action

Pugsley's family members have mysteriously disappeared and he needs your help finding them. He believes they are somewhere within the confines of their huge mansion. Beware! Although this is his home, some of the other ghouls that live within are not very friendly and will by to stop his progress. Venture through the household in this humorous action game!

reggie posted a review

Making the rounds to most platforms, here comes the GameBoy version of Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt' in the ongoing Addams Family saga! The control is a bit stiff, but overall the game is entertaining.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Ocean
  • Machine: Nintendo

As if things weren't ooky enough! Now Pugsley Addams must go on a simply torturous scavenger hunt. There's all sorts of unnaturally delightful traps. And hidden switches all about, which produce the loveliest, blood-curdling effects when Pugsley runs into them. There's even magic money which has an extra lively effect you won't want to miss. So get ready to get spooky, and get set to get kooky...it's Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt! En garde!

reggie posted a review

Ocean is back with an all new SNES game based on the animated TV show, Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt. From what we've seen, this game is every bit as good as the first SNES Addams Family offering.

Sister Sinister

Wednesday Addams has played a trick on her brother Pugsley. She has hidden about the mansion kooky and kooky items that Pugsley holds near and dear to his heart, like Spider Venom and Moldy Cheese. Not only did Wednesday skillfully hide these items, she also surrounded them with deadly monsters and placed hidden switches throughout the mansion's rooms. Some switches reveal bonus rooms and others present certain doom. Hey, what are sisters for?

S-equaily As Good

The adventure begins in the mansion's main hallway where you can access all the other areas of the house by opening a door, shimmying up a rope, or jumping into a trapdoor. At the end of each area lies one of the items on the Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt Checklist. You must collect all of the items on the list to master the game. The levels are diverse and colorful. In Uncle Fester's Labratory, you must step lively across giant bunson burners and avoid falling into huge flasks, while dodging slimy creatures and rolling eyeballs. Gomez's soapy bathroom really shows off the game's graphics with killer rubber duckies, slippery floors, secret passages, and a beautifully animated background of giant soap bubbles. If you stay stationary for a short period of time, pudgy Pugsley will grab a sandwich from his pocket and start chomping down.

You Rang?

With an incredible number of secret passages and eye-popping graphics, Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt could be what SNES players have been searching for. The Addamses will creep into your system soon.

reggie posted a review

In The Addams Family: Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt, SNES version, Wednesday Addams knows just how to get her brother moving. The player takes on the character of Pugsley and is on the hunt to retrieve six strange items throughout the Addams Family Mansion hidden by his sister, Wednesday. Help Pugsley explore throughout the mansion for these hidden treasures; but watch out for several springing traps that will only leave Pugsley shrieking along the way. As the player moves through the game, Pugsley will need to collect the coins that emerge through this engaging adventure and remember to grab those special effects from collecting the magic money. This family oriented game is a single player cartridge, released in 1993, by Ocean of America, Inc., and developed by Ocean Software, LTD.

In The Addams Family: Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt, handheld game, the player takes on the character of Pugsley and guides him through various levels that are full of challenges and adventures. He runs and jumps through The Addam’s Family Mansion in search for the rest of the Addams Family members, kidnapped and held hostage within their own home. The player jumps on mysterious floating platforms, fights numerous enemies, and has to find and hit switches that open passages to new settings. Developed, published, and released in 1993 by Ocean Software, LTD and Ocean of America, Inc, this actively fun game is based on classic Addams family characters and offers special features such as spooky levels, tough boss characters, and the ability to save games with password access.

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