Review by RHunter

Reviewed: 11/01/99 | Updated: 11/01/99

Decent, Challenging Game

Beavis and Butt-Head have seen everything from movies to TV shows, but in 1994 they both starred in this adventure/strategy game for the Sega Genesis. There is still a little bit of the rude, crude stuff that you'll find on the MTV show, but the nice folks at Viacom have watered the game down for a pre-teen to adult audience.

Beavis and Butt-Head still maintains the basic mentality found in the show. However, it is actually a little challenging. You need both quick button-pressing skills and patience (you need a LOT of patience) to survive this hunt and to crack it's obscure puzzles.

The story is right out of the usual magic bag of the Beavis and Butt-Head TV show - the guys have managed to get tickets to their favorite heavy metal band, GWAR. However, the evil Mr. Anderson and his poodle have paired up to shred the tickets. It's your job to travel through seven different levels, all based on the TV show (featuring such classic names as Turbo Mall 2000 and Highland High), to find the ticket fragments. One or two players can play as Beavis and/or Butt-Head.

As stated earlier, despite it's simple look, the game is not easy. It's long and hard. Basically, you channel-surf back and forth through levels, using a unique interface that depicts the usual Beavis and Butt-Head living room, complete with their TV. In every level, you fight baddies such as cops and family pets, trying to collect objects that you need to find the ticket pieces.

The method of weaponry used in this game is, well... unique, to say the least! Butt-Head bends over and releases some good old natural gas, while Beavis, the more refined of the two, simply burps up some bad breath. Utterly tasteless... but who cares?

Luckily, the control system in the game is crisp. This is definitely good because the game requires a lot of button pressing. To get things to happen, you must continually cycle through your inventory of items, trying everything to see if it makes anything happen. If you get too many items, you've got to get rid of some. There are a lot of puzzles.

The graphics in the game are the usual style for this time period - they're... well, graphics. Sprite-based, colorful, but nothing that makes your eyes pop out. They're actually quite similar to the cartoon show.

The sound as a whole is just about average. The heavy-metal music tracks in the game draw a distinct "eh" from me, meaning they're boring to listen to, although the Beavis and Butt-Head theme is fun to listen to. The better half of the sound, however, is the sound effects in the game. Although it's just the usual set of things from the game - grunts, laughs, "huh-huhs" and body noises, but they're actually entertaining to listen to.

Beavis and Butt-Head was released almost five years ago, but, even by today's standards, it's an OK game. The graphics and sound are nothing compared to what's around today but, heck, neither is anything else from that time period. If you're a fan of the show, the game's definitely worth a look, especially if you're the kind of person who likes long, challenging, occasionally frustrating games. You'll probably be able to pick the game up used for $5-$10, anyway.

(All scores for the game are assigned as if the game had been reviewed when it was released)

Graphics: 8
Sound: 7
Gameplay: 7
Replay Value: 6

Rating:   3.5 - Good

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