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It's Mr.Pants (GBA)

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Manufacturer: THQ / Genre: Puzzle / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / PEGI Age Rating: Age 3+ / Max. Number Of Players: 3 / Release Date: February, 2005

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      15.05.2009 02:29
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      "It's Mr. Pants" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2005 by THQ. It is a puzzle game featuring three gameplay modes. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      I was not sure what to expect when being greeted with the title "It's Mr. Pants". Yes, the game features pants but it is only by the way of the game's mascot; a stick figure dressed in underpants. Gameplay itself reflects a simple puzzle release with three different modes of play including "Puzzle", "Wipeout" and "Marathon". Puzzle Mode features a variety of bricks already placed on a large grid and the player must guide Tetris like shapes to fill gaps in between the shapes and clear them from play. Wipeout, similar to puzzle, requires the player to clear the grid of bricks but must do so in a two minute limit. Marathon is a head to head mode which pits the player against the computerized "Crayon Snake" in a five minute competition to create the most rectangle shapes using the oddly shaped pieces in aims of filling up the grid as much as possible.

      The graphics of this title are not particularly noteworthy but in being a puzzle title does not truly require breathtaking cinematics. It is easy to distinguish between the assorted pieces and each feature a different colour to further facilitate this ease. The view is presented from a top down perspective which looks on to the grid in play and features Mr. Pants as a still image in the background. The soundtrack is also of a basic standard but can become quite odd. Mr. Pants will praise the player when making an appropriate action and will also be accompanied by assorted barn animal noises; "Brilliant" and a cow's moo is not something which I would have conceived as appropriate together.

      Overall, It's Mr. Pants is an average puzzle game which could entertain players for shorter periods of time. There is no multiplayer connectivity offered so is a single player only game, and I don't find myself to be overly engaged by the game as a whole.

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