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Okay, I admit it: I'm not a fan of humor when it comes to games (I prefer a good ol' horror story ). So as a restriction (punishment?), I forced myself to play a cartoon adventure, just for variety. I couldn't choose a better game than Toonstruck, for sure!
The game kinda looks like King Quest 7, but is at the same time its perfect nemesis : the cutes are disturbingly cute and the bads are ridiculously bad. The mix is a laugh bomb you never know when it's going to explode in your face!
The fact that important events are shown in high class cutscenes (and several of them) sure helps and give the game a well-done/big-budget aura that feels good .
The puzzles are challenging and far-fetched, but always logical in a way or another. There is a lot of inventory based puzzles and some contextual ones too, all beautifully integrated, some really originals.
On the negative side, I had trouble running the game on win98SE (I needed a "toonstk.bat -b" shortcut for it to run properly) and a few crash, but nothing really horrible compared to the timed in-game puzzles and the "arcade" sequences, which ran wwwway to fast on my 1GHz. These sequences, without being impossible, were nearly impossible to accomplish without an incredible amount of try (and a walkthrough to know exactly what to do :-/).
Anyway, even with the trouble these glitches caused, I had a really wonderful time with this game. Beautiful musics, art and animations; good jokes (many bad ones too ), cool story and great puzzles, what more do you want?
Not far from being funniest than Day of te tentacle, Toonstruck is one (almost) forgotten little gem. I know I say that every time, but this time it's totally true: I consider it a must-play for every adventure addict.
Originally Posted By adventuredog (4 JUN 2003 1:53am) Thanks Randdom - I'm looking to get an older slower machine to play old games on. Looks good, although timed sequences rather scare me off.
It's not really "timed sequences" but more of "click the faster you can with your mouse to win this item, or try again". Some are annoying (the nearly impossible ones) and others fun. Anyway there is just 5-6 of those...