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You remember the Animaniacs don’t you? Of course you do, everyone does! But I bet you didn’t remember that between the 1993 game and the brief 2005 franchise resurrection were smaller scale PC games…and this PS1 Bowling game! Yes before Wii Sports become the bowling game of choice for families and retirement homes, this was…a bowling game…from 1998…that got nowhere near the attention that Wii Sports got. It’s a shame too because this game was great fun (*Or at least great fun in short spurts*)!
Essentially, the game starts with a story that the Animaniacs are invited to a bowling tournament, and that Pinky and the Brain are attending the tournament to (*everyone on the count of 3...1…2…3*) TAKE OVER THE WORLD! This story continues when you start tournament mode, where “The Godpidgeons” have a plan to “bet on the winner and compel a killing”. The story is later put on hold possibly until you finish the game, which I have never done. I have found out that if you lose, “The Godpidgeons” thank you for playing and it’s game over. You can also play a single game of bowling if you don’t want to play through a tournament…and that’s it. That reason alone is probably why it got passed over for other bigger games.
This is unfortunate because it is a fun game. The controls are easy to learn and master and the graphics are really good for PS1 standards too. In fact, I think they still look good today. Not only that but the game also included the actual voices of the Animaniacs (and the supporting characters)! The music for the game is also good if not very rememberable. The series’ trademark wackiness is also intact in the game with examples being the funny things that happen when the characters foul the ball. The only downside of this game is that there are only 4 bowling alleys that you can play in, but they are really fun and well-designed bowling alleys. It should also be noted there is an ad for the “Bowling hall of fame” in the main menu for anyone that is interested.
So…after weighing all of those facts, I find this game to be guilty of being a hilariously fun if not short-lived prelude to Wii Sports and recommend to anyone who loved the Animaniacs cartoons!
+It’s Animaniacs! +And Bowling! +Controls really well +Easy to Play +Funny +Features actual voices +Graphics look great! -Only 4 bowling alleys -Only 2-3 modes of play (not including multiplayer) -“Opening” Story seems to serve only to pad the game -“Bowling Hall Of Fame” ad seems out of place in an Animaniacs game
Where are Mike Nelson and his talking robots when you need them?
What can be said about "Parenthood"? Besides the fact that it is probably the hardest occupation in the world, or at least that's what I've heard. The basic premise of the show is, well, isn't it obvious by now? The show is about the many adventures of the Braverman family. First off, we have the family headed by a man named Adam (Peter Krause, Six Feet Under) who is (or at least seems to be) happily married to his wife, Kristina (Monica Potter) and their kids Haddie (Sarah Ramos, Scrubs, Wizards Of Waverly Place) and Max (ironically played by Max Burkholder, Daddy Day Care). Adam and his family are the seemingly normal members of the family. Next up we have Adam's sister, Julia (Erika Christiansen, Flight Plan), her husband Joel (Sam Jaeger, Catch And Release) and their daughter, Sydney (Savannah Paige Rae, Date Night). Julia is an uptight lawyer while Joel, who recently got a "character" but we'll cover that later, stays home to watch their daughter, Sydney. Next up, we have the newest family of the Braverman "clan" as they say, Crosby (the brilliantly funny Dax Shepard, Punk'd, Zathura, Without A Paddle) and his previous girlfriend Jasmine (Joy Bryant) and her son Jabbar (Tyree Brown). Crosby is younger of the siblings and suddenly finds out he has a son with a woman that he was in a relationship with a long time(sometime before the first episode) ago. Obviously, this is a big change for him and he actually takes it well, a little too well...Naw, I'm just screwing with you! Finally, we come to the second to last family lead by...ugh...Sarah Braverman (Lauren Graham, Gilmore Girls),her daughter Amber (The brilliant and beautiful Mae Whitman, Avatar: The Last Airbender) and her "desperately in need of character development" son Drew (Miles Heizer, Bones). I'm just going to come out and say this, the mother is the most emotional, whiny character in the show. I mean I know that she's made some bad choices in the past, like marrying a drug-addicted musician, but come on! Drew is her son...and that's about it. Besides a few short stories, the writers really haven't done anything with him (*which in my opinion is a real shame*). Amber is quite possibly next best character in the show. I mean she has her flaws too, but unlike her mother, she's not always acting like an emotional trainwreck! Oh, almost forgot about the two grandparents! Zeek(*Yes, I spelled that correctly*) (Craig T. Nelson, Coach) and Camille (Bonnie Bedelia, Die Hard). Not much I can say about them either seeing as they just fully came into the picture. The only "non-spoiler" thing that has been revealed is that Zeek is a no-nonsense type of person while Camille is the quiet,nicer one.
O.K. so now that we have our brief introductions done, let's move on to the show itself. The writing on the show is really good. I find the stories to be enjoyable and also somewhat believable too. Some of them are also quite funny as well. I also like how characters like "Joel", who didn't do much at the beginning of the show besides being a sort of "yes man" to his wife, are now getting stories and actual character development. The downfall here is that the story always seems to focus on the "crucial" characters to the current story and gives everyone else short stories(*cough* Drew *cough*) that last a combined estimated 20 mins of a 1 hour show.
The production is also very well done and looks believable as well. I know that sounds like a stupid sentence but when compared to sitcoms like the popular "Everybody Loves Raymond" or any other show that looks like it's being filmed in a studio somewhere in Southern California (or wherever it may be filmed), the sets actually look like they're real places, and they most likely are too. I also think the different stories flow together excellently as well with no confusion as to what is happening.
So...if I think the show is done well and is very enjoyable, why did make that "Mystery Science Theater 3000" reference at the beginning? BECAUSE THE ACTING IS COMPLETELY "HAM"-MY!!! Seriously! I feel like there should be a "game" (censored for GiantBomb.com audiences) for how many times Lauren Graham's character starts to become emotional... again. "Joel" up until last week acted like he didn't seem to have any opinions on whatever his wife did and "Drew" seems to STILL act the same way as well (*note to writers: I liked the emotions you had him work through in the first episode, please continue to do that.*). I swear the only people that do a great job acting out there characters are the following cast members: Peter Krause (Adam) Does a great job acting like a father figure and the person that the family seems to turn to with their problems.
Mae Whitman(Amber) Does an excellent job at being a smart but troubled...teenage girl(?) [I don't know really, that's what NBC.com says] and shows just the right amount of emotion when needed.
Dax Shepard (Crosby) I find the form of "comic relief" that he gives the show to be entertaining.
Craig T. Nelson (Zeek) I just think he does a good job playing the "tough grandfather" role. Reminds me of when "The District" was still on.
Every other chracter deserves to suffer under the "MST3K Treatment" (*read: Ripped apart by caddy comments and various jokes*)
Now then after writing that "make-shift" paragraph, would I still recommend it... .... .... Yes.
I think that it's a well done show that actually trumps the 80's movie that its supposed to be based off of and am very glad that NBC decided to renew for the next season.
MegaDaffy gives this show an 8/10 and his "MegaDaffy Recommended" stamp of approval! Until next time!
Note: Please remember that this is my first "actual" review, so go easy on me if you have any responses to it. Thanks!
...And now after a long wait, here's another "actual" blog "From the mind of MegaDaffy".
"Yes it's cheaper, but why is it better?"
Has anyone seen those new Windows ads where they Pay people to buy a computer and they coincidentally pick a Windows computer while saying Macs are "too big" or any other reason as to why they don't want a Mac? I don't get those ads because like their last two Windows ads, they are missing something crucial that Mac actually does. TELL US WHY WINDOWS IS BETTER!!! I mean come on, who's running the advertising dept. at Microsoft? First there was the "Seinfeld meets Gates ads" (*Copyand paste this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz6amk3P-hY&feature=channel_page and this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBWPf1BWtkw&feature=channel, I think this one is funnier.*) Which were funny besides but only had 2 secs of why Windows might be better at the end. After this it was the "Mac Attack"[Pun intended] ads, where the decided to show that PC users are not boring people like the Mac ad "supposedly" displays them to be, unfortunately these don't say anything to why Windows are better. I just don't get it, why spend money on an ad or on TV time when you don't even mention why Windows is better. Heck, even their "free" YouTube channel says a little more of why WIndows might be better. Meanwhile, Mac ads actually tell you why they are better and even who can help you with using a Mac while also saying why Windows is not the computer for you. All while also using a cast of celebrities like Justin "Mac" Long and John "PC" Hodgman (*who coincidentally uses a Mac*).
That's all I have to say so I'll end with this... "But that's just my opinion."-Dennis Miller 31 Comments