"Casper" is a children's title released to the Gameboy Color console. It seems to be somewhat of an action type game as Casper is in the presence of his three ghostly uncles throughout; all beings which he must avoid as they're hostile towards Casper. The crux of this title involves befriending a new family which are in the process of moving into the mansion which Casper haunts, and to do this Casper must gather various "tokens of friendship" as the first stage decrees.
Gameplay is designed to meet the target audience of children; It is simple and features very little difficulty. The only real challenge the player is met with in this title is hitting the "A" and "B" buttons endlessly to engage with environmental features, such as changing the position of statues or reading the various wall hangings. Other than "key bashing" there is no viable play in this game and it can be completed in a reasonably short period of time. Casper is guided throughout the mansion using the arrow keys and travels room to room through heating vents after acquiring a "smoke" form done by completing a jigsaw puzzle. These pieces Casper will find on his journey throughout the rooms.
Graphics are bright, colourful and showed excellent design though did appear excessively repeated throughout the game. Most houses do keep a continual theme throughout and this is shown clearly in "Casper" as all of the mansion's rooms look near enough identical. Nonetheless, it is a very well coloured scene and visually pleasing. I also found the character designs to be cartoon-like, showing great detail and keeping with the animated series rather well.
Audio is the main pitfall of this title. There is only one music track that follows the player throughout the game, and it is only an approximately fourty five second track continually repeated. Needless to say this becomes an obvious annoyance and many players may opt to play this game in silence (which "Casper" makes easy as the audio can easily be disabled prior to beginning the game).
Overall, "Casper" meets the children's target market very well and could be an enjoyable play for the short duration in which it lasts. It would likely be unsuitable for any player besides a child.
Casper the friendly ghost is the latest game I have bought my daughter for her Game Boy, having just got over how much these games cost, a definate shock to the system. I treated her to Casper. I have to say, that it is good fun. I tried playing the other games Pokeman etc. I found this one the easiest to do and understand. As you can probably tell I am not to hot on these games. It starts of by Casper having to enter different rooms and collecting pieces of Jigsaw to make a picture of Fatso one of Caspers uncles. Once you have completed the picture you are then able to 'Smoke'. Which means you can enter rooms via the air vents. Also along the way you collect keys which you need to enter the various rooms and food to keep your lifeline going. You have to avoid certain ghosts as they will finish you of!! It is definately a game for all ages even the more mature ones like me. It kept me amused for hours and I still have a lot of rooms to enter, I have to admit I will need help for these from my 9 year old, who has the ability to look at me as if I am a dinosaur when I ask her questions on the game. All in all good value, and having asked my darling 9 year old her opinion was told it is 'cool'. Which I believe is excellent. Happy Playing.