Speedy Gonzales: Los Gatos Bandidos

The fastest mouse in Mexico is now the fastest mouse on the SNES. Unfortunately, terrific speed doesn't equal a terrific game.

A Mexican Tail

Speedy's had a rough life. The game was first shown to the press two years ago by Sun- soft, and after endless delays it has finally been brought out by Acclaim. After all that, Speedy arrives without much to recommend it. The game's colorful cartoon style is reminiscent of last year's Yogi Bear game, and the simplistic run-n-jump gameplay will appeal only to young gamers.

ProTip: Leap into solid walls to find hidden tunnel entrances.

Run, jump, kick, find trapped mice, and grab cheese -- that's Speedy"s SNES life. The puzzles are remedial, enemies drop with one quick kick, and abundant time bonuses help you beat the clock. The control is fine for a 1993 SNES game, but disappointing late in 1995 when you expect more to do.

Cartoon Capers

The sounds and graphics impart enough Looney Tunes charm to keep you playing. The theme music races faster and faster as the clock winds down, and the few sound effects and voices add cartoon atmosphere. The backgrounds, though colorful, are fairly basic, and enemies are unimaginative.

The easy challenge is on par with the rest of the game. Novices may enjoy the cheerful gameplay, but cartoon appeal and a fast-moving mouse don't add up to a must-have this holiday season. Sonic is still the king of 16-bit run-n-jumpers.

Quickly explore the trees of Stage 2's Surely Wood to find lots of hidden goodies.

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  • Genre: action
  • Players: 1
  • Publisher: Acclaim
  • Developer: Sunsoft
  • Available: 1995

This one was held up in publishing hell for over two years; now it's finally been released through Acclaim, who never met a licensed property they didn't like. That probably makes them the only folks who are gonna like this.

I generally look forward to games with Warner characters, but stop me if this sounds familiar - a group of mean cats, the 'Gatos Bandidos' of the title, have kidnapped all Speedy's friends at a fiesta and now Speedy has to run all over Mexico rescuing them.

This game rips off its play mechanics from a lot of others, most notably Sonic, but it doesn't pull any of it off very well. Play control isn't great - he might be 'The Fastest Mouse in All Mexico', but he sure takes his time getting up to speed - the animation is stiff, and none of the levels pose an interesting challenge. Aye, Carumba!

Worst of all though, Speedy's signature 'Andale! Arriba!' sounds like it was done by a gerbil on helium. Aw Speedy, we hardly knew ya.

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