Scooby Doo 2 Monsters Unleashed
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed for the Game Boy Advance is based on the movie of the same name. I really enjoyed the two live-action Scooby-Doo movies that were released a decade or so ago and this game follows the second movie pretty well. It is aimed at kids, but this is one of those “hidden gems” that is actually way better than you would think. It is not a “best GBA game of all time” or anything like that, but as far as licensed games go, it is pretty decent.
Yes, Real Monsters!!!!
As a kid, one of the things that drove me nuts with Scooby-Doo was how the monster was always some old dude in a mask! I always wanted it to be a real monster and this is what Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed actually delivers. The plot is very close to the actual movie where the Scooby gang needs to stop a new villain from using monsters to take over the city.
For a game aimed at kids, this is way more text-heavy than you would think. In one way this is fine as it is at least trying to have a coherent plot. On the flip side, I can see kids getting bored and skipping most of it anyway. The overall presentation is nice enough, it is not going to blow you away, but at least the characters are nice, large and detailed. The music though really started to get on my nerves after a short while!
More Than You Would Think
For the most part, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed is a platformer, but there is more than that on offer here. Most levels have you play as Shaggy or Scooby, but you do also play as Daphne too. Most of the time you jump, kill enemies, collect coins and look for items. It is pretty basic stuff. The game is rather easy, but to be fair this is a game that is made for kids.
What is interesting is that while most of the game is made up of side-scrolling platforming. You do also have some other sections to keep things interesting. These include a top down stealth section, puzzle-solving similar to Tetris and a kind of skateboarding level too. These all help add variety to the gameplay and stop things from getting tedious. The game has a password system which at the time this game was released was not all that unheard of. However, I do wish that they put a save game feature in here instead.
Some will probably completely overlook Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed for the Game Boy Advance and I get it. This is not the greatest game ever made, but I had fun with it. I can see kids really enjoying this and liking the challenge that it provides. The changes in gameplay style help keep it interesting and there is just something awesome about Scooby-Doo that this game manages to capture. I have played a few Scooby-Doo games over the years and this one is probably one of the best.
- The game follows the plot of the movie well
- You can play as different characters
- The gameplay style changes as you play which is cool
- It has that Scooby-Doo charm
- I liked how large the character sprites where
- It is not a very challenging game
- No, save game feature