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I used to love the Rugrats, and when I learned that there were a few games for PS1 I decided it might be worth buying this game just to see if it was any good, and to see whether it was as fun to play as the shows used to be on TV.
Rugrats: Search for Reptar was released on PS1 in 1998, so it's a fairly old game now. It is aimed at children between the ages of seven and twelve but to be honest I can't see many twelve year olds being even slightly entertained by it these days. Maybe in 1998 when it was first released, but there's apps and facebook games that are more likely to entertain them now in my opinion.
The aim of the game was to find Tommy's Reptar puzzle. Throughout the game you play as different characters from the Rugrats, including Tommy (seen as the main character, although in reality I'd say other characters were just as important), Chuckie, Spike and Angelica.
Each level is played from the point of view of different characters. Within each level you have to find Reptar Bars, which helped with leveling up and finding the Reptar puzzle. There is a wide range of different levels within the game which challenge different elements of skill, such as Chuckie's Glasses in which you have to find the other characters in a hide and seek type game around Tommy's house (and of course find Reptar Bars as well!).
Not all of the levels are particularly easy, given that the character can often slip and slide around on some of the levels which makes controlling them quite difficult. In some of the levels, some things may scare more sensitive children as well, such as the ghosts in the Let There Be Light level where Tommy has to get to the refrigerator downstairs and fight a load of ghosts on the way there.
Each level does pose new difficulties for the characters, and the player as well to be fair, but I think that after playing this game once or twice all the way through (it took my seven year old cousin about 3 hours to complete it, so it's not the most difficult of games!) you know exactly what to do, where to look for things and how to get through each level quickly and it does stop being as fun then. Of course playing in multiplayer mode could solve this for a while, but I really don't see it being the most taxing of games, or even the most entertaining, in the long run, although it's fine for a quick fix.
It can be picked up for as little as £1.95 on Amazon, and I would say that at that price it would be worth giving it a go. I wouldn't pay much more for it though given how it wouldn't keep you engaged for very long, to be honest.
I'd still give this game 4 out of 5 given that it was a decent game at the time, and will entertain you for a short time, but it isn't the most entertaining game out there by any stretch of the imagination, and you could probably get something better for the same money.
Our daughter picked up a copy of this playstation game from the charity shop for a pound. As the grandson isn't very good with computer games (he has fine motor skills problems), it's important to find very simple games for him to have a go at. It's a fun way of helping him to develop some of the skills he's a bit behind in. Although this is a playstation one game, we have been using it on a playstation two as it's compatible with both consoles.
The idea of this game is quite simply that little Rugrats star Tommy is on the search for his beloved Reptar puzzle. He needs to find the pieces all over the house, and he does this by searching on various easy levels and completing a variety of simple tasks involving the main characters from the popular television series including Chucky, Phil and Lil, and cousin Angelica.
I think this game is absolutely fantastic for young kids. It's extremely easy to play, with very simple controls. Unlike a lot of games, the controls work on this by only going up, down, left and right using the arrow keys. That helps to make it easy for youngsters to move their characters around. If a child has some problems with hand-eye co-ordination, or they're just new to video games, this is an extremely helpful factor to consider. It's easier for accomplished gamers to use a joy stick, but it's actually quite hard for new gamers to manage to be specific enough in their movements when using a joy stick.
The puzzles are all very easy as well, and a child can enjoy this game from around four years and over. Ideally it's suitable for children between about four and seven years I think. Any older than that and they might find the content a bit babyish, though it might still be a good game to use to introduce them to using a video games controller.
The graphics are colourful and very similar to how they appear in the television series. Youngsters will instantly recognise all of their favourite characters. I also like how the background has been made bold and colouful yet simple, so that little ones won't get too distracted by tiny details going on in the background and can stay focused on playing the game.
Obviously video games aren't viewed as a 'key skill' by most parents, but they can actually be quite useful for kids! They teach interaction, hand-eye co-ordination, fine motor skills and problem solving. This game is brilliant for encouraging all of those things, in moderation of course. You can pick this up from various shops and websites for a big variety of prices so do shop around to get the best deal.
There is no price at which this game could be sold at which I would look upon it as good value. Going to some dodgy backstreet market and paying a fiver to get a cracked copy with a badly photocopied front cover and the name of the game written in black felt tip on the CD itself would be a terrible waste of a fiver. It truly is terrible. What's so bad about it, I hear someone in the back ask ? Well, where to start ? The game itself has a reasonable premise - you complete a variety of different mini-games as the various babies from the TV show and earn pieces of a Reptar jigsaw puzzle as reward. Complete the jigsaw for Tommy and everyone's happy. But that's about all that's OK.... Graphics - terribly drawn, they appear to have been coded on a colour version of the ZX81 and seem to have been designed with the idea that the best graphics are those which have sharp edges - chunky does not begin to desribe how bad they are. Sound - the music is just about recognisable as the Rugrats theme-tune, but only if that had been written to be played underwater on a Bontempi organ. Tinny is, I htink, the word I'm looking for. As a slight plus, the voices are fine. Animation - You can only really move in four directions, ie up, down, left and right. It is impossible to move diagonally which just about sums up the animation, except to say that I have rarely seen a game (even on the Playstation) with quite such bad collision detection or where solid walls become see through depending on where you move. Gameplay - Non-existent. It took my 4 year old daughter about two hours to finish the whole thing and that's even allowing for the fact that some of the game is harder than it should be (for example the section where you have to find the babies and then race them back to the playpen or the section where you race Angelica) purely because you can only move in a straight line. The Mini-games
- unimaginative in the extreme, merely being copie sof three basic premises - you can race someone; you can shoot at something; or you can collect something. Plus a mini-golf game which, while pretty poor, is by far the high spot of this atrocious mess. Don't buy this game; don't rent it from the video shop; don't even accept a free copy. It's rubbish.