Beavis and Butt-Head is a 2-D side scrolling game that shares the same iconic elements as most SNES games; it isn’t very long in length, has a very limited amount of lives to start with and has a hard difficulty. With that aside, this game is still pretty good. It hasn’t aged very well in terms of gameplay. Nonetheless after all these years it still gives hours of fun and enjoyment throughout the experience.
First off let’s start with the story and quests in the game. Beavis and Butt-Head are bored of watching television so they attempt to get into the Gwar concert. This is where you begin. The game will take you to 5 different areas: Highland High School, Streets of Highland, Highland Hospital, Turbo Mall 2000, and the Gwar Concert. Each level requires you to reach a certain destination in order to advance to the next. This is where the repetitive gameplay comes in. In each level there are either kids on skateboards that can injure you, ladies with canes, and Todd throwing balls at you. In addition, there are other enemies that will toss things at you, run up to you and hit you, or knock you down.
You have the option to hit enemies with spit wads, baseball bats, a boxing glove and a few other weapons. Or you can avoid them altogether by ducking or jumping over their attacks. These attacks happen very often and rarely give you a chance to rest. All the quests are pretty much the same; simply reach your destination without dying and avoid the enemies. With the entire game as simple as this, it does get pretty repetitive and is very noticeable by the second quest.
Each level does offer a few secret areas to explore and it’s worth going through them because they offer extra lives, coins or food products. If you pass by a payphone, you should check it because many of them will toss out coins which can be collected and used to purchase snacks from the machine. The downside to this is that when you purchase a snack, you must catch it in your mouth otherwise it spoils and you can’t use it. Enemies will sometimes drop food but you must also catch it or else it’s worthless.
The weapons, despite there being a small amount, are still fun to use. It’s fun punching people in the face with a boxing glove or throwing spit wads at the skateboarders. There are even parts where you can have one of your characters ride on the others shoulders and fight enemies like that. Pushing the select button will also allow you to switch between Beavis or Butt-Head during the game. However even if one of these characters dies, the entire quest will begin again from the last door you entered, regardless of how far that may be. If you never went through any doors you must start from the beginning of the level. In some areas the gameplay will require teamwork. With a simple button push you can pick up a character and toss him into the air and across the block to continue the quest.
The sound in Beavis and Butt-Head doesn’t do much for the game. The title characters laughing and giggling most of the time and other characters silent entirely. And that’s pretty much the entire sound. There is some upbeat background noise but with the fast paced action in the game, you’d barely notice that there was music.
Many characters from the show are featured in the game, although they all have very minor parts. Principal McVicker, Todd, Daria, Stewart, Coach Buzzcut and David van Drieson are all in the game. Some of them you’ll find in the school cafeteria and others, like McVicker, Todd and Coach Buzzcut are there to injure you.
The game is pretty difficult, especially with only 5 lives. Enemies are constantly rushing you, causing you to have amazing reflexes to avoid them. It’s extremely hard to beat the game because of the lack of lives but it’s quite possible once you memorize the rate at which the enemies will come at you. After dying many times, the game tends to get boring, but somehow still very addicting. After each death it leaves you with a sense that you can beat it on the next playthrough, causing you to return to it no matter how many times you’ve died. That is a very important factor when determining what a game is worth.
Overall, despite being hard, old and repetitive, Beavis and Butt-Head is a great game and definitely worth a play. The sound and graphics didn’t open any eyes at the time, but for it being more than 15 years old, this game holds up pretty well. For fans of the cartoon or anybody who really likes a challenge in gaming, Beavis and Butt-Head is definitely worth owning.
- Beavis & Butt-Head humor for die hard fans.
- Different weapons are actually fun to use.
- Most of the characters from the show are present.
- Short game, only 5 levels.
- Enemies sometimes have cheap and fast kills.
- Repetitive gameplay throughout entire game.
- 5 lives to start the game, some difficult levels.
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