“ Take 2 Interactive / Adventure. „
Being a cartridge instead of a disc, this game initially came in a rectangular flimsy card board box with instruction game booklet with some other electronic based manuals in various languages.
Heroes for hire Evo the robot and Danger Dan are messing around in their spaceship one day one after a childish row Evo actually knocks Dan unconscious. Not only do they crash but they crash into a said to be lost space station sending Evo flying and smashing into tiny pieces leaving only his microchip and control centre intact. In the time this station was lost the place has become over run with robot animals, Evo must possess these animalistic androids and use their abilities to complete the game. This isn't easy however as most of the beasties are vicious and won't be defeated without a good fight.
The controls are fairly easily to get to grips with, you must defeat and possess different animals to achiever various goals in different levels and environments such as bouncy sheep in the farm like zone to helicopter bunny rabbits in the arctic zone. The more levels you go through the more levels that are opened up with extra awards should you manage to collect all of the power cells 15 of which are available in each level. The difficulty level increases at a steady rate in my opinion as you play through the levels with various bosses appearing along the way including giant king rats. I do love this game though and I love how kooky and challenging it is. There is a lot of humour to it also in this little game which got me hooked on it to begin with.
Ok let's be honest they aren't HD but they are still very colourful and the graphics have a unique and cartoony charm to them, for some reason when I was a kid and originally playing it for the first time I sort of occasioned with the weird cartoons which appeared on cartoon network in the 90s known as cartoon cartoons, I don't think cartoons today show the same kind of zaniness as those cartoons from the 90s did. Though there are some little glitches and frustrating bits but I think most games at the time had some of these and some plat formers today still have them and are much worse.
All of the animals have the sort of vocals you expect them to for instance the dog barks, the sheep baa and the mice squeak. The soundtracks for each of the levels are really jazzy and catchy though and they do get stuck in your head so I give it definite thumbs up for that.
Availability and Overall opinion
Unfortunately I think this one is pretty much like gold dust these days even on the internet though at the time I think I paid maybe £29.99 for it which I though was good value from game. I would like to see this on the Wii or DS virtual console for download as it is a great and memorable game.
It does have its glitches and the visuals aren't exactly stunning but it is extremely quirky and fun, it is also challenging so you will get quite a few hours out of this one. Plus I particularly liked playing the role of a penguin.
Silicon Valley remains one of the oddest console games to have hit the shelves, I first remember reading a review of it in a magazine over a decade ago and couldn't quite get my head round the idea of it, having played it, I'm still none the wiser!
The plot is completely innovative, involving a space station that disappears from time, only to reappear in the year 3000 but the station's designer is no longer to be found and Danger Dan and Evo go in search of him, if that's not enough it seems that the station is set to collide with the earth, the end seems to be near.
Like any platform game, you have little challenges along the way, many of them seem complicated initially but become clear once you get your head around them, the characters in this game are a mix of animal and technology and it gives them lots of bizarre traits that make the game unique and the gameplay full of surprises. The roaming camera view, can be a little annoying as on certain other N64 games.
The graphics are not as good as on other platform games of the same era and the game can occasionally freeze if you are using the extension pak but it's an interesting addition to anyone's N64 collection of games and a title that still hasn't really been surpassed in the strangeness stakes today!