Flintstones: The Movie
Fans of last year's movie The Flintstones will enjoy this fun, frolicking, lightweight game. Good game play and exciting action make for a cheerful blast to the past.
In The Flintstones, you play as Fred, who must rescue Pebbles, Bamm-Bamm, and the rest of the Stone Age crew from kidnapper Cliff Vanderclave. You navigate through levels such as Bedrock, the jungle, and even an active volcano in your run-n-jump quest.
ProTip: In Bedrock, watch for Bamm-Bamm's backward bounces -- he's so small you could miss him.
The control is great -- Fred has basic running, jumping, throwing, bowling, and clubbing abilities that are generally responsive, though they feel slightly sluggish during the heaviest action.
- On the volcano, go to the very top of the bill and push this button to activate the ledges.
- When climbing a cliff, time your progress so the caveman isn't close enough to knock you off.
The strong graphics are highlighted by colorful multi-scrolling backgrounds that add perspective. The sprites are large and easy to distinguish.
The background music is average, but at least you get the familiar theme. The plentiful sound effects are cool, adding lots of charm to the action. More voices would've added flair to the game, however: The only vocal is Fred's famous "Yabba Dabba Doo!" before the game even begins.
Yabba Dabba Doo!
Overall, The Flintstones is a fun game, definitely geared for younger gamers because of its easy challenge, despite its increasing difficulty. Cavemen didn't need much strategy to survive, evidently. The Flintstones still rule in Bedrock!
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Your favorite Stone Age family is here for the SNES, but you'll remember the cartoon with fonder memories than you'll have for this game.
Meet the Flintstones
Fred and Barney are back, and this time they mean business. Fred's trying to get elected as Grand Poobah of the Water Buffaloes. Unfortunately, to find a worthy candidate, all prospects must search for the famed Treasure of the Sierra Madrock. Fred and Barney are gone before you can say yabbba dabba doo.
ProTip: Use Barney in the foot race. He's faster.
Armed with cave clubs, you play as both Fred and Barney (alternatively or with another player). You bop your way through four breezy levels of prehistoric parkland, battling against angry Armadillos, Jurassic Sharks, yabba dabba Dodos, and more. Strewn throughout the game are some mild bosses, sideshow games (for 1 -ups and more), and even a Mode 7 foot race.
Playing through The Flint- stones is easy on the eyes. The sprites are small, but they're well-animated.
The music is a weird hybrid of Flintstones theme music and eerie prehistoric sounds. Unfortunately, you won't hear voices, which really would have helped, because the squawks that come from their characters when they get hit are unidentifiable.
- This Jurassic shark will rear its ugly head just before he strikes.
- Check waterfalls carefully for hidden spaces.
This game is definitely geared toward younger players. Inter mediate gamers will find this game repetitive and way too easy. Everyone else will find themselves leaving the cave for some fresh air rather than being stuck with this humdrum rock-knocker.