Rocko's Modern Life: Spunky's Dangerous Day
Rocko, Nickelodeon's newest cartoon character, now has his own video game, and this one will keep you on your paws... er, I mean toes. In this fun, colorful puzzler, which has a wacky twist, you find that not only can you lead a dog to a hydrant, but you can make him drink from it, too.
Do You Feel Lucky, Spunk?
Rocko's just an average Australian Wallaby trying to get by in life, but he's hindered by the antics of his not-so-bright pooch, Spunky. Spunky gets himself into lots of trouble, chasing down errant flying disks, amorous mops, ice cream vendors, and other odd objects. Since Spunky is more bark than brains, he doesn't watch where he's going when he's chasin' after things. It's up to Rocko -- and you -- to keep him out of trouble by clearing the path in front of him, knocking pests, debris, and other nuisances out of his way.
You get Spunky out of trouble and out of each level by leading him to the Golden Fire Hydrants located in each stage. But getting Spunky to the Hydrants is no dog-walk in the park. You have to get past some of the weirdest looking enemies ever to disgrace the screen. Bloated bulldogs, screaming frogs, trap-tossing rats, and more block the areas, which range from a beach to the inside of a washing machine. At some point in this game you expect to see even the Beatles' Yellow Submarine float by.
- This bloated frog-neighbor of yours bellows so loud that Spunky is driven backwards. If he backs Spunky into a wall, you can get behind him (or in front of him, if need be).
- The most important power-up is the Bone. This makes Spunky stop so he can chew on it, and gives Rocko a perfect chance to survey the level without Spunky wandering about.
- You must stay on some platforms to keep them stationary. If Spunky is riding with you, hold him until the platform stops, or he may walk off the edge.
It's a Dog's Life
Rocko has only his wits and a few oddball power-ups to get Spunky to safety. Beef Hearts up Spunky^ life bar and a balloon lets you inflate Spunky and kick him all over the screen. You can let Spunky chow down on these and other power-ups when he finds them or Rocko can store them for later use. In the meantime, you have to stay one paw ahead of Spunky to spring trap doors, start elevators, and more. Spunky goes only in one direction (unless a dead end turns him around), and you can't pick him up to carry him to safety, although you can pick him up to change his walking direction.
- You get various arcs of ascent when Spunky goes airborne. Try following his arc, and look around for tree branches or other spots that Rocko can jump on.
- Whenever there's a gap, there's usually a platform to cover it. Check above and below the gap for moving platforms.
The graphics in the game are as funny and well-drawn as they are in the cartoon show. Every sprite has a range of exaggerated movements, lending to both the art and style of the game. The backgrounds are clever, and each level holds different enemies, so you won't see 'em twice.
Surprisingly, with all the attention put on the graphics, the sound is very good as well. Plenty of minor voice enhancements were lifted directly from the cartoon, and the music is not as annoying and repetitive as in most puzzle games.
Controlling Rocko is dicey unless you have excellent timing. You have to spring Spunky to new heights via various pieces of debris. If you miscalculate, Spunky ends up being high-grade dog food. Picking up Spunky sometimes happens and sometimes doesn't, which can be frustrating when you're far into the game and you've dropped the dog.
Although it seems aimed at a younger audience, Rocko is a little too tough for kids under eight. Everyone else can learn their way through this game with no trouble, although it will take time and patience. In the hard mode, you get only a small map of the level in the middle of the screen. In the easy mode, you can scroll through the level when the game is paused.
Good Day, Mate
So what's the word on Rocko and Spunky? The word is fun, and if you've got a hankering for the type of humor that made Ren & Stimpy famous, then you'll love Rocko's Modern Life. All other puzzle/strategy games will seem like... well, like dogs, I guess.
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- Machine: SNES
- Manufacturer: Viacom.
Cable TV finally does something right for a change! While the majority of the game is spent trying to keep Rocko's pet from self-destructing, this cart is certainly no dog! The only down side is that the game might be too tough for younger players.
- Machine: SNES
- Manufacturer: Viacom New Media
- Range: action/puzzle
Keeping Spunky out of trouble is a full-time job.
Everyone's familiar with those crazy Nicktoons Rocko and Spunky, right? Now the loveable duo is headed to the Super NES courtesy of Viacom New Media, not-so-coincidentally a division of the company that owns Nickelodeon (and MTV, and Paramount, and a big old chunk of the free world).
Rocko's Modern Life: Spunky's Dangerous Day is a kind of "Lemming-esque" game. As Rocko the wallaby, you must clear away the dangers that lie ahead so your pet dog, Spunky, can walk through 16 levels and reach the golden fire hydrant at the end of each.
Spunky's not going to make it easy for you, though. He explores dingy basements and treacherous tree-houses, pits you against wild washing machines, and more.
The graphics look great and capture the feel of the cartoon, but we'll have to play it more to see if it's got that Ren & Stimpy edge to it that the show cultivates.
- Manufacturer: Viacom
- # of players: 1
- Difficulty: Hard
- Available: 1994
- Theme: Puzzle
Nickelodeon, the network exclusively for kids, will be releasing a new cart for the Super NES featuring two of their own superstars straight out of TV land - Rocko and Spunky. If you're not familiar with the show, Rocko is your average run-of-the-mill wallaby, living in a world where everything that can go wrong will and does to poor Rocko and his crazy canine pet, Spunky. You begin your adventure at the beach - relaxing, taking a day off from the normal everyday rat race, just you and your loyal mutt Spunky. What could go wrong? Believe me, everything! As Spunky attempts to retrieve the frisbee, he wanders off into many dangerous areas filled with traps, pitfalls and even the occasional bad guy from time to time. Your job is to clear the way for your sidekick Spunky so he can make it to the ultimate goal - the golden fire hydrant. Just another dangerous day taken from the diary of Rocko's Modern Life. Good luck, mate!
- Theme: Puzzle
Based on Nickelodeon's new hit animated series, Rocko, comes Rocko's Modern Life: Spunky's Dangerous Day. This game is targeted at kids 6-14 with a special emphasis on puzzle solving. You must control Rocko, a wallaby, who must keep his lovable, but not so smart dog, Spunky safe.
This game is great for the kids, but older players may like its challenge as well. The graphics and bizarre scenes are directly from the popular series on Nickelodeon. This, by the way, is Viacom New Media's first entry in the video game market. It looks to be a good one. It sort of makes you wonder what other Nickelodeon shows will be translated onto video game format. Rocko seems to be a good start.
- Manufacturer: Viacom
- Machine: Super NES
- Theme: Puzzle
- Release: May 1994
Rocko certainly isn't a kids game. This game is a challenge for even the best of players. Sometimes too much so. The visuals and voice are directly from the show, and capture its spirit. The cinemas are among the best around. Sometimes it's a little hard to get Spunky where you want him to go. If you are looking for a game that you won't beat in one sitting, Rocko's Modern Life will come through for you.
Those who've seen the hilarious cartoon will know what to expect from this game. It's filled with all the wonderful humor and fun a game like this can offer. The puzzles are tricky and get downright brutal in later levels. The digitized voice and catchy tunes are a real treat to listen to as well. If puzzle games are your hot ticket, then Rocko's Modern Life will certainly not disappoint you. I'll be playing this one for a while!
I'm not a regular viewer of the show, but that's not why I don't like this game. I'm just not into action games where you must complete tasks to clear a stage. I found the game tedious. Granted the graphics were very good with characters directly from the TV show. The sounds were exceptional with voices digitized as well. The challenge and difficulty is good, but they just weren't enough to get me to like it.
I can understand the appeal of the characters but I never got into them like Ren and Stimpy. The game has some very challenging puzzles, but they often become frustrating before you can get control over your little buddy. I enjoy puzzle games but this one was a bit taxing, rather than being enjoyable. The graphics and sounds are good but unless you really enjoy the characters, you might just want to give up.