Based on the TV of the same name Futurama was made in August 2003 and is an action shooter game for the Xbox that has also been released for the Playstation 2, the Gamecube version was cancelled. It was made by Unique Development Studios. The game begins with Professor Farnsworth selling Planet Express due to it losing money to Mom. After Mom buys Planet Express this gives her a fifty percent ownership of Earth and allows her to become supreme ruler of Earth and Mom enslaves humanity. Mom intends to turn Earth into a giant warship to conquer the universe and only Professor Farnsworth knows how to build the engines for it. After she captures Professor Farnsworth you have to rescue him and foil her plan to conquer the universe.
The good points of the game is that story has been well written and is written in the style of the episodes, the graphics are good and the cut scenes are decent. The AI is pretty good and has been well made.
The bad points are that the controls are a bit annoying at times but they are fairly easy to use so not to much of a problem.
Overall a decent game that has been made well and is fun to play with a good story, worth getting just for the story if you like the series even if you do not like the game.
I'm a great fan of the Futurama TV show. It's got great characters, great scripts and great voice acting. I like random humour, and Futurama has it in buckets. So I suppose it was a matter of time before I bought the game, and on the XBox. The game is a third-person action-oriented shooter/platform/puzzle game. You begin as Fry, and also play as Bender, Leela and Dr. Zoidberg. Each of the characters, with the exception of Zoidberg, have their own unique weapons and actions. Each one is voiced by the original cast, and directed by David Cohen, the executive producer for the series. They have funny lines on their own - when they are hit, when they stand doing nothing, when they collect items. The environments they play in are varied and quite large. You begin in the Planet Express building and move to the sewers, the desert, distant planets, and other places I won't give away. The level design is OK, but the play is strictly limited to one particular direction. There are many secret areas to find and items to collect - finding nibblers unlock extras (such as videos and pictures), as well as collecting other character specific items like diamonds and gold bars. The game involves mostly killing enemies and finding ways to get through the level. This can only be accomplished one way - this isn't Knights of the Old Republic here - and this can be jumping round, over, through obstacles and the like. Sometimes you have to solve problems, such as putting numbers in sequence or collecting certain keys. One thing that does add to the gameplay is the camera movement that changes due to what is going on. Like sometimes the camera will move directly to the side and the game plays like Sonic the hedgehog for a couple of minutes. It's a nice touch. Sometimes it does vary - Fry takes control of a giant chicken, Bender is involved in a chase sequence and Zoidberg rides on a mad alien creature. This helps to break things up. It
's kind of like an episode of Futurama, but with a bit more action. The controls are a bit of a downer somtimes. The camera can become easily stuck and I died quite a few times because the camera wouldn't do what I wanted it to and I ended up running straight towards the screen into the unknown. Targeting and firing are fairly straightforward, as well as general movement. You have the basics - shoot, jump, look round, as well as special attacks that are character-specific. Graphically the game is a mixed bag. The game keeps the contrast colours of the series, as well as very simplistic design and this is translated into the levels themselves. Seeing the characters and environments in 3D is quite weird the first time - but you get used to it. The actual graphics aren't too bad, but I might have expected more from the XBox. The edges are quite fuzzy and sometimes even look blurry. But on the whole it's OK - but could do better. The script and the humour is where the game wins me over. You can tell it was written by the original writers, and the gags are very similar to the series. Some of the one-liners are great (Bender on collecting all the nibblers - "Great, got all of them! Now to pre-heat the oven..."). It's worth buying alone based on the fact it's like a lost episode of the dead show. The game also pokes fun at itself (an endearing quality for me), like "Fry, what happened when you died?" "It was all dark, and there was this bright light that said 'GAME OVER'". It makes light of the imperfections of playing as characters in a video game. Now the game's worst point - saving and progression. Some of the levels are huge, and you can only save when they finish. There are checkpoints which you can return to when you die, but I found it infuriating that I would be playing one level for half an hour and not wanting to quit because I would lose my progr
ess. It's a good thing it's easy to get a lot of lives. On the whole, it's pretty good. I'm glad I bought it for the comedic content alone. The game palys quit well, and it informed me it took about 7 hours to complete, and I spent quite a lot of time collecting nibblers etc. So for I paid £20 for 7 hours of my life, and it was worth it. Very funny, flawed, but very funny nonetheless. If you want a disctraction and you like platform games, then get it. If you liked Futurama, you'll get so much more out of it.