Review by DandyQuackShot
Hey Barney How Bout a Race?
Yabba dabba doo! The Flintstones: The Treasure of Sierra Madrock is a great game for the Super Nintendo. Based off of the original Hanna Barbera cartoon you play as Fred Flinstone and his sidekick Barney Rubble in a board game for one or two players. This is a very fun game to play as you compete with other characters to become the next Grand Poohbah after the big chief himself decides to retire. This is not a linear game though as you roll dice to move around the different "rock" maps and seek out a race against the competition trying to beat you to the treasure.
I have not seen an original Flinstones cartoon in many years but it used to come on opposite The Jetsons who were the futuristic version of the Flintstones. This is a very old cartoon series but still quite funny and the despite the sound effects not putting in Barney's goofy laugh there are still a good many things in Treasure of Sierra Madrock to give you a taste of what the cartoon is about. Fred and Barney's wives even have a good role in this game as the roadblocks. If Fred runs into Wilma or Barney meets Betty they will be dragged back "home" to the beginning of the map. There are three parts to this game which are the board that you can navigate after rolling the dice. Here you can reach points that turn into platform levels to pass as well as spots for some fun side games to gain lives and bonuses and there are even a few simple boss levels to beat. The object of the game is to be the first to reach the other competitor in the game who moves around himself. Even though he has nowhere to really go you have to catch up to him to make a bet that you can beat him in a certain kind of race. This takes you to a Mario Kart/F-Zero race mode where you have to beat the other character to win his piece of the map to let you get to the next board.
The platform levels are short but can be somewhat challenging especially the further into the game you get. Thankfully you get passwords to pick up your progress if you need to later so no restarting the game all the way over. Thanks to the codes you can pick up on a level with plenty of lives but try moving through this game once and it actually does not take too long. You will need plenty of lives though. The controls for the platform levels are easy to get used to. You have to time your jumping in certain areas and you can whack almost anything with your club. You may even run into Dino running away from BamBam in some places which can hurt you.
The various bosses in the game can be reached on the map although defeating them does not serve much purpose other than creating a short cut to the character you need to race. These guys are rather simple in their attacks so you can easily beat them. The most trouble I had was with the levels in Caverock when I was low on lives and hitting pitfalls more quickly.
The Flinstones theme and some sound effects bring the cartoon to life in this game and the story unfolds through scenes of slow moving text across the screen. There is a lot of dialogue in the game, too bad it couldn't be overlaid with the cartoon voices.
This game has some fun replay value to it. I would suppose that is one of the reasons why it is still kind of expensive out there on places like ebay. As a two player game it is very fun as you compete to win the game but are actually still working together to beat the game. As a one player game you trade off between Fred and Barney as if you were already playing a two player game.
Final Recommendation 9/10
The Flinstones: The Treasure of Sierra Madrock is a very fun game to own. It is worth adding to the grand Super Nintendo collection or for a run on nostalgia games. The varied and cooperative game play makes this a fun one to play with somebody and if you were a fan of the original cartoon this is something to have as well. It is kind of a rare game to find but you can easily pick it off places like ebay. I picked this game up by accident since I am looking for the other Flinstones Super Nintendo game that based off the movie with John Goodman. I doubt it will match up to this game. Because you can't beat an original.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: The Flintstones: The Treasure of Sierra Madrock (US, 03/31/94)
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