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Animaniacs Splatball

Score: 90%
ESRB: Everyone
Publisher: Southpeak Interactive
Developer: EA Games
Media: CD/1
Players: 1
Genre: Action

Graphics & Sound:

SPLAT!! For an old paint ball player like me, that sound brings back memories. Of course, the advantage of Animaniacs Splat Ball is that it is not as painful when the paint ball hits you. My young co-reviewer Julia and I, who likes to consider himself young at heart, finds this game just plain fun. Splat Ball has three main environments: a Western film set, a sci fi movie set, and the Warner Bros back lot, with a total of 72 game boards in those environments. The environments are a combination of 3D backgrounds and 2D cartoon style characters that act and sound like they are straight out of an Animaniacs episode.


This is very simple, are you taking notes? (You'll be tested in the morning). Point, shoot, capture the enemy balloon, and avoid getting SPLATTED. You can't get easier than that. Your goal, if you choose to accept it, is to become the Sultan of Splat Ball by directing your team of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot through the movie sets, shooting enemies with one character being the shooter, and the other two being patrollers. In various spots, you have paint cans that you walk over to refill your paint supplies, power ups, soap bars for an instant shower, and different weapons to shoot. Your character can only take being hit so much until they have to go take a shower, so keep a look out for those soap bars. If your are playing by yourself, you will be the main shooter of the game with the other characters being the patrollers. Which character you play is up to you and you can change it during the round. If you are hit too much and you head off to take a shower, the computer will automatically switch you to play another character to continue the attack on your enemies. To win the round, you must find the other team's balloon and bring it back to your team's home base before you get SPLATTED too many times. If one of the enemies captures your team balloon, just shoot him a few times - he'll eventually let go of it.


My co-reviewer, Julia loved this game and conquered three levels in just 30 minutes. For kids, this arcade style game is gold. It's lots of fun and easy to play. I can see that I am going to have to go see Julia if I want to play this game.

Game Mechanics:

The game is easily controlled by using your mouse and keyboard. There are various keyboard options for multi player mode along with 3 challenge levels. If you go into custom controls, you can assign different keyboard keys to specific movements and firing which adds to the game's strategic playability.

-Wickserv, GameVortex Communications
AKA Eric Wickwire

Minimum System Requirements:

Windows 95/98, Pentium 166, 32 MB RAM, 4X CD-ROM drive, 45 MB hard drive space DirectX compatible video card with at least 2MB VRAM required

Test System:

Windows 98, Pentium 450xl with 3Dfx, 256 MB RAM, PC-DVD Encore, Soundblaster PCI 64D sound card with Boston Acoustic Digital Media Theatre

Windows Shadow Watch Windows Start-Up 2000

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