Beavis and Butt-head in Virtual Stupidity
When I First Spotted This, I instantly thought 'Oh no - naff bandwagon fodder alert', like a Wayne's World game or something. But, just in case you're thinking the same, let me inform you now that I was wrong. It's all 'proper'. The basic game plot was put together by game designers, after which the script was given to Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil, who wrote all the final dialogue. Then, ultimately, Mike Judge was drafted in to supply the voices of Beavis and Butt-head (incidentally, other voices in the game are equally recognisable). So the term 'as seen on tv' does, happily, apply.
To veteran 'gamers' it'll probably be fairly evident from the screenshots that Beavis and Butt-head is a point-and-click adventure. And it is, in the Sierra rather than the LucasArts mould. But let us not forget about those folk who bought their computer only yesterday; in other words, here's a condescending, boring and explainey bit for simpletons. Now another dialogue is entered - sit back and enjoy. You decide you want to talk to the shopkeeper, so you select the 'talk' icon. A strip appears across the top of the screen, with pics of both Beavis and Butt-head. Which of the two do you want to speak? Or there may be a further picture, of someone or something else in the game, and you may require info on it. Click on your choice, and off the sequence will go.
Incidentally, all action icons have two states of animation: possible and not possible. For instance the 'talk' icon is a little 'word balloon'. If you hold it over something you can talk to, it'll contain an exclamation mark. If you hold it over something you can't talk to, it won't. This saves stupid people from spending an afternoon trying to talk to a chair. Oh, and I mentioned the 'inventory' icon back there, didn't I? Well, there are certain items within the game that can be picked up - the idea being that you 'use' them later on, in another place. The inventory is a screen where you keep all these 'puzzle' bits and pieces. Up to speed now? Thank God for that.
Yes, sorry, I know that was really boring. It's over now though. However, I should mention here that if you're not a Beavis and Butt-head fan, or you've grown tired of them, or you never found them funny in the first place, you may as well stop reading now. Right, now back to the game, which gets off to a cracking start with a bit of pre-orchestrated animation showing Todd (the tattooed tough guy) ordering a burger and fries. Working inside the Burger World drive-thru are Beavis and Butt-head (oh-oh), who giggle and hoot at the sight of their hero. Todd then kicks their butts slightly for not serving him efficiently enough and drives away. Beavis and Butt-head couldn't care less, though, because "Todd is cool". And "Tattoos rule". You know the drill. Then we cut to the physics class at Beavis and Butt-head's high school. They're staring out through the window and witness Todd and a mystery person 'exchanging words'. A 'Todd could kick that wuss's butt' type conversation ensues, until Todd and the mystery person zoom off in their respective hotrods. Beavis and Butt-head ruminate... Butt-head: "We should go hang out with Todd's gang." Beavis: "Yeah. He'll like say 'Beavis, here, have some chicks' - heh heh heh." Butt-head: "This is going to be cool!" Ladies and gentlemen, the plot has started.
You're in the physics class, and it's time to point-and-click. For example, try out the 'look' icon on the horrible fat kid at the next desk...
Butt-head: Heh heh heh, it's Martin. (Pause) What a dork! Beavis: Heh heh heh - yeah - heh heh heh. Martin's working on a project that involves a monkey, so you click it... Butt-head: Woah! It's your mum, Beavis! Beavis: No way, butt-munch, it's a monkey! Martin: (Dorkishly) Actually you're both wrong. It's a chimpanzee. And on you go, clicking and chortling away, around the entire classroom. Like the blackboard for instance. 'Use' the chalk, and Butt-head draws a stick man with a very long 'third limb'... Beavis: What's that, Butt-head? Butt-head: It's like a scientific drawing of my weener, only smaller. Here are their thoughts on the globe on Mrs Dickie's desk... Butt-head: Heh heh heh - planet earth looks like a nad! Beavis: Heh heh heh - you should see planet weener! Butt-head talks to the teacher... Butt-head: Er, can I like go when this starts to suck? Mrs Dickie: No, Butt-head. Science never sucks. Beavis: Are explosions science? Mrs Dickie: In your case, no. And so on. But you really want to join Todd's gang, which means you've got to get out of class and past the headmaster, who's guarding the front gates of the school (damn!). Cue four more internal locations, loads of brilliant dialogue, a couple of pretty easy 'puzzles', and one of a handful of tiny arcadey sub-games (the first one involves gobbing - yes, gobbing - accurately from a height onto moving objects below). Then, freedom.
Momentarily removing my sense of humour, I'd have to say that Beavis and Butt-head is rather on the small side, as well as being quite easy - worth bearing in mind if you're, like, heh heh heh, a 'hardened adventurer with a beard'. But the enjoyment you get from this game - far more so than, say, Sam and Max - is based on what the tragic duo say and do, once you've initiated a sequence. Beavis cranked up on caffeine is a sight to behold; and there are dialogue gems, such as when they spot an 8mm cine projector: "Hey Beavis, check it out, it's like a tv from olden times." And then there are predictable but still funny set-pieces, one of which takes place in jail: Butt-head: "Where are all the chicks?" Prisoner: "If you're not careful you'll be one." Butt-head: (Nervously) Heh heh heh... heh heh heh... uh-oh."
I could go on quoting from the script forever, but I suppose I've got to get to the nasty scoring business eventually, so here goes: add five to the score of 87 if you're a Beavis and Butt-head nut who wants an interactive laugh: subtract five if you're just into puzzle solving).
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Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features: Single game mode
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