Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nerdicus SNES Review #29: Beavis and Butthead

Title : Beavis and Butthead

Publisher : Viacom

Genre : Action / Beat 'Em Up

Players : 1 - 2 Players

Release Date : 1994

Estimated Value (as of today's date) : $5-$10

Ahem...I AM THE GREAT CORNHOLIO! Had to do it....

Oh, 90's MTV. Remember that? When they actually played music videos on TV? Now musicians just toss up their videos on you tube in a battle to get the most hits. What holds the record currently anyway? Please tell me it's still not PSY. Ugh...

Hell, I don't even think they play music videos on TV anymore. Do they? Besides those cable channels in the 900's that play old music. Anyway, if there was one show that did a good job of revealing music videos it was Beavis and Butthead. Before King of the Hill, Beavis and Butthead was actually meant to be an experimental animation, but MTV picked it up as a series to mock some of the craziest music videos out there. 

I actually learned about some pretty awesome bands thanks to Beavis and Butthead. Aphex Twin being one of them, thanks to them showing their insanely bizarre videos on TV at basically one o'clock in the morning. But all this makes me the hell do you make a video game about two characters that primarily just watch music videos, get stoned, and basically act like a bunch of social rejects? 

Well, Viacom decided to give it a shot. I feel like I'm taking the reins of Beavis and Butthead, and instead of mocking music videos, I'm just going to have to suffer through these horrible games for a long time.

As Butthead would say....we're gonna score....not really.

Don't expect to be hearing much of Beavis and Butthead's hilarious banter throughout this game. The most you're going to get out of the audio department is their annoying laugh....which as annoying as it was in the show, is even worse in its digitally composed format. HEHEHEHEHEH HEHEHEHEHEHEHEH - imagine that, over and over again, for the hour it takes you to beat this game.

Here we are, taking on the roles of both Beavis and Butthead in a tag team styled platformer where we have to help them get into a GWAR concert by causing some mayhem. If you don't know what GWAR is, you're missing yourself a favor and look it up right now.

The game plays a lot like if the old Simpsons NES games merged with the the TMNT games. A side scrawling brawler styled action game, where you have no idea what you're doing half the time besides trying to kill everything on screen. It's just moving from one area to the next, and surviving. You'll be able to switch off between Beavis and Butthead as they'll both have control over various weapons that you pick up throughout the game.

The game doesn't look half bad if you think about it. It's really closely connected to the animated series, so you can't knock it for that, but I will knock it for the lack of creativity and the use of repetition in its backgrounds and enemies. You'll be seeing the same thing over..and over...and OVER again throughout the game. It's not like the game lasts long, but still, at least change it up a bit. Left to right, scrolling background, repeated enemies, same weapons. This game must have been created in a month.

The music is a tad irritating as well. If you thought the laughter was bad, the music sounds like its from an 8 bit system.

And I can't believe I'm saying this, but one of the funnies things in the game is the Password system...yes that's right....the password system. Having a password that is HEH HEH HEH YEE

If you're looking for the real Beavis and Butthead experience, go watch the show. There's little to no humor in this game, and all you're getting is a very sad excuse for a platformer / beat 'em up. I don't know who would have paid $60 for this game back in the day, when they were only getting an hours worth of game play with no replay value.

This game surely is...tee pee in my bunghole..

Final Score (out of 5) :

Until next time, keep on gaming!



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