Stimpy's Invention


Review by Howard Hirsch



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Overall: 8

WHAT IS IT, MAN???!!!! The story goes like this. Goodhearted but mainly stupid Stimpson J. Cat creates a machine called the Mutate-O-Matic that turns ordinary household garbage into delicious food. He then proceeds to demonstrate his invention to his Chihuahua friend Ren Hoek when suddenly it goes haywire, exploding and causing some serious problems in and around the town (that bloated sack of protoplasm!). Now it is up to these two to find the five missing pieces of the Mutate-O-Matic, put it back together, and turn it off. Easier said than done. (Remember what Toe Jam and Earl had to face in order to leave planet Earth? Come to think of it. Earl was responsible for that mishap. "Numbskull" comes to mind ). There are six stages that need to completed before everything is returned to normal.

Choose Ren or Stimpy. In my opinion, there is no particular advantage into choosing one over the other. I prefer Stimpy. One character will closely follow the other should you choose the one player mode. Two player mode is a bit more difficult. That's right... you really MUST work together. The opportunity to be greedy presents itself regularly. Don’t do it if you can help it.

Here’s where the fun begins. You or you with a pal must help Ren and Stimpy retrieve all of these parts which are, a beaver, a gauge, a thingy, a TV, and a gizmo. Hey, I didn’t build this contraption so don’t blame me. At the same time they must be protected from the constant perils. These dangers range from wild lawnmowers to malevolent firefighters and anything else that is totally fucked up. Pay attention or they will lose their health and die. But wait, my fine friends - our heroes can defend themselves against such nasties. Melee such as Stimpy whipping a towel and Ren using his feline pal as a bowling ball. Even Powdered Toast Man lends a helping hand where needed!

Controls are crisp, and the characters are very well drawn. Sound and BGM are surprisingly good. I really don’t have anything worth bitching about when it comes to this game. Okay, you dragged it out of me. The lengthy password feature. No sir, I didn’t like that. Also, If your timing is off and/or if you are impatient (that’s me on both counts) this game will really piss you off. Any words of wisdom? You have to use your head. Carefully time your moves. Watch for patterns. It’s like that in other games. (NO SHIT, HIRSCH ) This is especially important in the two player mode. The characters may be nitwits, but that doesn’t mean you have to play like one.

Overall, Stimpy’s Invention is well animated, colorful, and delightfully entertaining without being overbearing. If you are a fan of these two, (I am!) find it and buy it. It’s definitely worth the (discounted!) price. HAPPY HAPPY......JOY JOY!


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