“ This game is developed by Avalanche and published by THQ. 16 levels of gameplay including Carnival games the Chuckie Chan Dojo and Reptar vs. Robosnail. There are hidden bonus levels in the single and multiplayer games and you'll hear the actual charact. „
The only Rugrats game to be released on both the PlayStation and N64. Just as it wouldn't be Paris without the Eiffel Tower, well it wouldn't be a Rugrats game without iffy programming would it? But would the change of developers from n-Space to Avalanche see to a stop with these Rugrats titles from being stinkers?
Simply roaming around EUROREPTARLAND - even if it appears empty - sometimes sees an already low framerate being brought down to a crawl for the PS version. This is not so noticeable for the N64 release, though it seems to suffer slightly performance-wise on a few of the mini-games.
The mini-games are preferable to those in 'Rugrats: Search For Reptar' and 'Rugrats: Studio Tour'. In about half of these you ride a Reptar Bumper Car which, when reversing sees you back leftwards whilst turning right, and vice versa - this is about as complicated as the game gets, controls-wise. Those of Reptar Island sees you up against computer cars which, may well be driven by ninjas but that's not to say that the bad AI does not go unnoticed.
Your choice of character decides whose cries it is you'll have to put up with. You would still control Chuckie in what is about the worst mini-game, which is called... wait for it... 'Chuckie Chan'. Dodgy camera and collision aside, yes, the Princess Theatre has a JAPANESE theme and it's not like Chuckie would be the last baby to break boards - yeah right! Because of the poorer ball physics, 'Golf Park' is not on par with the previous Rugrats crazy golf games.
The mini-games 'Baseball Toss' and 'Toss Your Cookies' are similar. Whereas in the former the number of baseballs for throwing at the targets becomes limited, in the latter not only are the scores a giveaway, but also the ninjas not appearing because of the crosshair being close-by. 'Whack-A-Ninja' is self-explanatory, where bopping the Silver Robosnail brings more points than the ninjas - with no signs of sluggishness this is my pick of the mini-games.
In the Options, the difficulty determines not only how tricky the mini-games are but how many of these needs be won - possibly to the point of perfection - for game completion. As long as you're not in an activity then you can save the game. There is a Prize Center for trading in the tickets found and won. The Puzzle Pieces can play a part in getting the "biggest and bestest prize of them all", however the Spy Scope simply stinks - just a series of stills to show what's supposedly going on in EUROREPTARLAND!
Multiplayer has me mystified. The N64 version supports four players whereas the PlayStation only two, but as these involve the activities which can be found in the single-player Adventure Mode, it has players taking turns despite demanding pads to be plugged in at the ports. Split-screen simultaneous action may have been too much to ask - you don't run before you walk - but they could have at least taught it's intended target audience to share a controller!
So, is it another Rugrats stinker? With such a slow single-player Adventure Mode and disappointing multiplayer, the answer is, "oui".
PS VERSION NOTES
The quality of the FMV seems questionable - it's as if the developers used a video output of the sequences (in-game graphics) of the N64 game for the PlayStation version, although the former came out later. The latter was also fitted with a trailer of the film.
Why did i buy this after playing the first? Suprisingly this game is sooo much better but still a major no no. It is a board game with mini games so basically Mario Party. The story involves you buying getting gold tickets to buy a reptar helmet, may sound boring but it is a typical Rugrats storyline. The minigames are varied but are only fun for 6 year olds but can be addictive at times. Many of the locations and characters from the film are here and they are all well designed graphically with voices and sounds from the film. You could do alot worse than to play the allright mini games and if you love the cartoon then you could do a lot worse but as I say get Mario Party instead.