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Armed and Dangerous

Score: 70%
ESRB: Teen
Publisher: LucasArts
Developer: Planet Moon
Media: CD/2
Players: 1
Genre: Action/ Platformer

Graphics & Sound:

Armed and Dangerous uses a third person perspective to carry you around its stylish 3 dimensional world. The graphics would be particularly normal if it wasnt for the fact that the style of everything is something very otherworldly. The landscapes hark to locales on Earth, but the things that inhabit them are definitely alien. Along with pretty sharp looks and decent explosions, this visual package isnt all that bad.

The sound is as equally diverse as the look. You and your companions shout various lines of comedic dialogue, and the effects match the strange look of the game. The music has a certain Gaelic feel to it, which fits well with the main characters blatant UK personalities.


Armed and Dangerous is a straightforward action platformer. The game gives you control of Roman, leader of a gang of thieves who are attempting to pull off the biggest heist the world has ever seen. Accompanying you is a very tall robot who likes to drink tea, a mole with an affinity for blowing things up, and a small, blind, wrinkly man with a shotgun. Chock full of wit and weapons, this motley group aids you throughout the laugh fest that is Armed and Dangerous.

The game is strictly mission based, and as you begin each new adventure, you are presented with a list of goals you have to achieve in order to complete the mission. Along the way, you will be blasting enemies with the strange assortment of weapons the game has to offer. These destructive devices are some of the most original designs a game of this type has ever seen. Of course, there are basic rifles and hand grenades and things like that, but have you ever seen a bomb that turns the entire world upside down, launching your enemies into the air, and then righting itself again bringing the brutes back to earth with a satisfying crunching of bones? Well, have ya?

The missions are usually set up to let you use these weapons to their full effect. Hordes of baddies are lined up for you to launch mortars, rockets, and land sharks at. Huh? Land shark? Yes, there is a weapon that makes a huge shark emerge violently from the ground and eat everything in the nearby vicinity. Of course, there are other stipulations to each mission besides the main goals. You earn cash for killing bad guys, but you lose cash for blowing up the local inhabitants, which is much easier done than said. This tends to curb your trigger finger a bit, but you can usually counteract this negative income by laying into the unending waves of bad guys that are constantly thrown at you. This money can then be used at pubs to buy munitions. Not beer, but more ammo and guns. If only bars around here carried firearms along with kegs.

A few variations on missions, like rescuing peasants or hopping into a giant turret to defend a castle, are thrown into the game, but Armed and Dangerous doesnt change all that much from beginning to end. Each level has a secret item hidden in it that will unlock certain features, but there isnt much else to it besides that.


Armed and Dangerous isnt a particularly hard game. There will be times when you are faced with overwhelming odds and must plow through your enemies with courage and heavy weaponry, but in reality, you dont need all that much courage. The AI isnt all that bright; in fact its not bright at all. Enemies will run past you to specified points and then turn and shoot. Others will be standing right next to a comrade when hes shot in the head, and then continue to stand next to the fallen body. Armed and Dangerous isnt meant to be hard; its meant to be fast and fun. Most of the time, it accomplishes this.

Game Mechanics:

The controls in Armed and Dangerous are as simple as the gameplay. From a third person perspective, you run and jump Roman around each level. Some weapons allow you to zoom in, but for the most part youll be staring over his shoulder. You can hop into and out of turrets at will and plant bombs in specific places, as these things seem to be a staple for games like this these days. You can also issue a couple of commands to your buddies like defending certain areas or just to defend you. This is mostly superficial though, and their help is almost never necessary to get past any given place on a level.

Unfortunately, though, thats where the developers stopped. Apart from a hilarious story and cast of characters, there isnt much new in this game. In fact, besides a couple of weapons, there isnt anything new at all. Youre paying for a short, fun experience, but after thats over, you probably wont be going back to it ever again. Fans of previous games of the developers like Giants Citizen Kabuto wont feel let down in terms of style and comedy, but they will definitely feel shorted on the actual meat and potatoes of the game.

-Snow Chainz, GameVortex Communications
AKA Andrew Horwitz

Minimum System Requirements:

Windows 98/ME/XP/2K, 1 GHz Processor, 256 MB RAM, 4X CD-ROM, 32 MB Video RAM

Test System:

Windows XP, 1.4GHz AMD Athlon, GeForce FX 128 MB video card, 40 gig hard drive, 56x CD-ROM, 256MB DDR Ram, Sound Blaster Live! sound card, Cable Modem Internet connection

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