Woody Woodpecker (full title is Woody Woodpecker: Escape from Buzz Buzzard Park) is a game that follows the gameplay format of a 3D platformer. As a part of the Woody Woodpecker animation franchise, the game features zany characters that you’ll encounter throughout its 21 levels of gameplay. In this 3D adventure, it’s your mission to save your niece and nephew from the villainous talons of Buzz Buzzard. The game is based on an animated series called The New Woody Woodpecker Show. It’s available on the PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, and of course, the Game Boy Color.
The events of the game take place in a cartoon universe. Which means that the real world rules don’t apply, and you’ll definitely encounter outlandish friends and foes. The main character of our adventure is Woody Woodpecker, an anthropomorphic woodpecker and star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Woody is mostly known for his memorable laughter, and many people love attempting to replicate it. In this game, he has to rescue his nephew Knothead and niece Splinter who were abducted by the egomaniac Buzz Buzzard, an anthropomorphic vulture. Buzz Buzzard is quite wealthy and affluent, so he happens to own the amusement park where the levels of this game take place. Woody Woodpecker attempts to rescue them, but Buzz Buzzard requests an exorbitant price for their ransom. Woody is unwilling to pay, so he has to go on a solo rescue mission venturing into Buzz Buzzard’s dangerous amusement park.
The game has a total of 21 levels with varying difficulties and some secret items hidden in the levels. Its 3D gameplay is reminiscent of the Crash Bandicoot series, and you can use your abilities to traverse obstacles. Progressing in this game requires skill and dexterity. You’ll be required to cross lots of chasms, climb walls or figure out puzzles to unlock access to the next level. In addition to the default abilities, characters also have their own unique skills that can help them in a level. Woody has his beak which can be used to break objects. Besides Woody, you can play as Splinter or Knothead once you’ve freed one of them.
The minions you’ll encounter are Buzz Buzzard’s lackeys and you can defeat them by using Woody’s beak or his special attacks. Although they aren’t the focal point of the game, the minions are interesting to face, and they vary quite well. Controls in Woody Woodpecker: Escape from Buzz Buzzard park are straightforward, but they require some practice to master. The gameplay can be fast paced sometimes, so you have to be ready at all times. The final boss fight against Buzz Buzzard is difficult but not impossible. He has a fair range of attacks, but once you learn his patterns, the rest of the fight is pretty much telegraphed.
- Zany characters
- Fun gameplay
- Varying minions
- Repetitive music
- Annoying camera movements
Woody Woodpecker: Escape from Buzz Buzzard Park is a fun game for its time. But its gameplay doesn’t translate today. If you’re a huge fan of the GBA era, the game still delivers.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP