Beavis and Butt-head: Cheap Clicks
Okay, so there are a few new mini-games that weren't on Virtual Stupidity -- if you played those games you'll know that it was a challenge to play them for more than a few minutes without becoming, like, really bored, yearning to get back to the business of getting Beavis and Butt-head into Todd's gang. The three extra mini-games included in this CD apparently weren't good enough to make the cut into the momma CD. And the subtitle on this disk is (tongue-in-cheek, I think) "Action mini-games." Action? Hardly.
In one of the three new games, you're supposed to change all the channels on a 9-screen wall of TVs to "something cool." I'm pretty sure I was doing this right, clicking one station until a murder re-enactment was showing instead of some hicks fishing, but I never got any points. I'm sure Beavis kicks ass at this, but I'm not as smart as he is.
Thank you, Drive Through, as a game, is not nearly as much fun as just hearing Beavis say it. There are two challenges, basically: 1) make Beavis throw food either left or right, and 2) throw something at a rat to kill him so Butt-head can put him into "special" burgers, which score even more points when you hit the customers.
In the other new game, Wrecked Balls, you control Beavis and try to catch a bunch of crap that Butt-head is throwing out the windows of an abandoned building. Every once in a while, this wrecking ball swings by and kills Beavis. Neat.
Calling All Dorks
This one's not as bad, even though I was only able to get it installed on one of the two machines I tried it on. It's a collection of ten custom desktops that feature all the possibilities: trashcan icons, cursors, sound events, and a new clock font. You also get a nifty Magic 8-ball-esque "Decision Maker." If you use this decision maker more than once, you should make the second question: "Oh, Mr. Beavis Genie, should I type "FORMAT C: /u/s" at the DOS prompt?" Chances are 50/50 you'll get what's coming to you. Now, I like B&B as much as anyone, and I have to admit it's really fun having your machine call you a Buttknocker every five minutes, but then again, any real dork knows you can get most of the same materials included in this CD for free on the Internet.
Weiner Takes All
Though this app killed the video driver on my primary machine (a Toshiba Satellite Pro notebook), once I got it installed at work it turned out to be pretty much worth the wait. I'd guess that this disk required the most work by all involved, including Mike Judge. This means that here's where you'll find the best B&B quotes and smart/sly/stupid comments. What you get is a view from behind the couch (a "Butt's-eye-view") and you're looking at the TV trying to answer a bunch of questions while B&B make the type of comments they're known for, both about the questions themselves and the cheesy commercials that pop up (huh huh) here and there. The data file is 269 MB, so there's plenty of questions and animations to keep you entertained for a while. Basically, though, the game part sucks and the comments are cool (as Butt-head says: "Sometimes you have to wait through some crap before something good happens.") Ultimately, the decision-maker for me (just for Weiner Takes All) would be the price-to-entertainment ratio; though it's better than the other two, I wouldn't pay more than 15 bucks for this disk.
Windows 95, 486DX 66MHz, 8MB RAM, 5MB Hard Drive Space, 2x CD-ROM, VLB or PCI Video, DirectSound compatible sound card
Recommended: Windows 95, Pentium processor, 16 MB RAM, 21 MB hard drive space, 4x CD-ROM drive, accelerated (2 MB VRAM or better) VLB or PCI video, DirectSound compatible sound card
No matter the price, these disks are not great values. The kind of entertainment you get is similar to what you see on TV -- nuggets of hilarity ("wisdom is just the official way to say 'wiz"') hidden amid lowbrow dialogue and some fun animations -- but the games just aren't interesting enough to make me stick around looking for those nuggets. The themes packed into Calling All Dorks are just Beavis and Butt-head for Beavis and Butt-head's sake -- I don't see much fun in my mouse pointer being the headbanger's hand symbol (whatever that's called) or having my default beep be Beavis saying "Where's Mr. Van Driessen?" But if you like all-encompassing Win95 desktop themes, haven't yet had enough of the unintriguing mini-games that appeared previously inB&B's Virtual Stupidity, or think you can stay entertained working through a multimedia quiz show, then this package is for you. Otherwise, stay clear of these disks, dude.