Hey, Mr. Wilson! Hank Ketcham's towheaded terror is back, and he's wrecking the place. Mr. Wilson, Ruff, and Margaret are just some of the Sunday-funnies regulars in Ocean's tough, but not-very-amusing, side-scroller.
Of Mice and Menace
Dennis the Menace suffers from one serious flaw: terminal cuteness. Although there are enough levels and challenge, the basic run-and-jump antics aren't enough to hold your attention.
ProTip: Grab the Slingshot just above Dennis's head at the start of the game. The Peashooter is in the basement.
You play Dennis, and you're on the lookout for Switchblade Sam, who's stolen some valuable Coins from Mr. Wilson's safe. He's left the Coins strewn throughout various stages, including Mr. Wilson's house, the Park, the Boiler Room, and the Sewer. You work against the clock to find a certain number of large Coins to get you on to the next level.
- Use the Slingshot on the cats and mice.
- The switch to make the Attic Rope drop is in the room with Mr. Wilson. Stand on the Jack-in-the-Box and jump up to the cabinet on the left to reach the switch.
- There are two big Coins in Mr. Wilson's Attic, one in the kitchen and one in the main room.
- In the first Park scene, go all the way to the right side of the screen to find the blue switch. Then you can access other parts of the tree to the left and find the exit.
- Use the Peashooter against enemies in the Park.
Making life miserable is an aggressive onslaught of enemies and dangers, such as mice, spitting fish, hot coals, and more. You get a Peashooter, a Slingshot, and a Water Gun to fend off the 'hordes. Your supply of ammo is limitless, although your patience for the controls may not be. Switching from weapon to weapon is cumbersome. Dennis can walk, jump, and run, but the button controls are awkward.
The graphics and sounds in Dennis are anything but menacing. The character sprites are cute, cartoonish, and squashed. Dennis's adversaries are very colorful, if uninspired. The backgrounds are well drawn, but repetitive. In Mr. Wilson's house, for instance, it's hard to distinguish the basement from the attic. The sounds are just as standard as everything else in this game. More voice-overs from Mr. Wilson or Dennis would've gone a long way here.
- Get a running start from the Red Wagon onto the Logs.
A Trip to the Dennis
Dennis the Menace is the game to play if you like long, involved side-scrollers (kind of like a blond Cool Spot), and if you have plenty of time. You'll be challenged by the extensive game play and by the difficulty of certain parts of the game. Dennis is a menace any way you look at him.
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Ah, yes - more Ocean movie games! The graphics are excellent, but the control needs a bit of work. As a whole, though, the game is somewhat unappealing, with a main character that just doesn't come to life.
Dennis has done it again, and it is up to you to help this mischievous youngster correct his mistake and retrieve several Mr. Wilson’s coin collection before his neighbor finds out. In this 2D platform game, Dennis realizes he left Mr. Wilson’s door unlocked and that a thief has stolen all of his prized coin collection. The object is to defeat a burglar who found Dennis’ town by the local railroad connection. Based on the 1993 movie, this 1993 and 1994 release by Ocean Software is an adventure packed game the entire family can enjoy. Different stages of the game take you through Mr. Wilson’s house, the great outdoors, a boiler room, and then you finally face the big boss battle with the thief. In the sixth level of the game, you will begin the boss stage. Venture through sewers and woods as you approach the end of the game. Dennis the Menace is compatible with Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy platforms.