As a fan of the 1990s animated series "Doug", I had high hopes for this title. For those familiar with the series they would be enter into gameplay with with enough knowledge to guide themselves through. The objective is to find Patti, Doug's love interest, through communicating with other well known "Doug" characters; even those who do not possess "Doug" knowledge would find themselves able to comfortably tour the game.
Gameplay is very simple and the user will make more use of the arrow keys than "A" and "B" buttons, which are used to interact. The player guides Doug, accompanied by his loyal pet and sidekick Porkchop, around the fictional town of "Bluffington". The game relies heavily on reading stands of often repetitive text so basic literacy skills are a must. Other than that there is not much to achieve gameplay wise and it all becomes boring after the first time. There is opportunity for lighthearted "battle" scenes as Doug's alter ego "Quailman". These, however, are commonplace and feature the same scenario throughout each battle.
Graphics are poorly drawn and are clearly "blocky" in application. The production team of this title could have likely put in much more effort to secure a more vibrant and clear view. Colour selection, though, was good and filled the screen with a splash of variety.
The audio to this title is poor as well. I found nothing redeeming about these shrieking tones and preferred to play the game in silence.
Unfortunately, to fans of the cartoon series, this is not a title I would recommend. It is far too simple to complete and does not offer any replay value once the main objective has been achieved. It is also held back significantly by its poor video and audio implementation.
Doug's Big Game, a very lively title but inside the box there is another story to be told..... The game starts off fun enough, you are on a mission to find Dougs friend Patti with the help of your trusty sid kick (and dog) Porkchop. The way you find Patti is to ask your friends (wellknown characters from the Doug series) to help, this is the first problem, most of the people say the same thing over and over again and they all stay in the same place (most of the time) so cutting out the mystery aspect of the game. Another fault is that the game is far too easy to complete and if you play the game alot you will find that the adventures are the same and they can be completed in a very short amount of time. There is a bit of fun when a person does not answer Doug truthfully and then you transform into Quailman and you get to fight a bad guy (Sadly these mini adventures are repeated over and over again but they use different bad guys each time.) Overall there is not a single good point about the game except that it will keep little children happy for about half an hour (tops.)
When I first found Dougs Big Game I thought it would be much different to what it really is. The overall aim of the game is to try and find Patti before it is too late, of course you have help along the way from characters from the shows (Doug and Brand Spanking New Doug.) At first I found the aspect of the game fun but it soon turned into a very badly thought out design with music which can drive you crazy. The game consists of Doug starting at a certian place and finding clues along the way to lead him to Patti which are quickly cracked and soon the game becomes more of a borefest than fun. At some points in the game Doug transforms into quailman (Hurrah you many think) But quailman's challanges are all the same but with different evil characters to defeat. Also the quailman quests last for about two minutes until you are back to boring Doug. Overall I think this game is very boring and it drags Doug's good name through the mud over and over until you go blue in the face. If you are contenplating to buy Doug's Big Game DON'T save your money for another game.