Extreme Ghostbusters: Code Ecto-1
Those withered types who follow the media hype will have noticed a touch of fuss around a game called BMX XXX. This bravely attempted to combine the seemingly opposed genres of cycling and sex, without mentioning saddle sores.
Extreme Ghostbusters, whose title seems to promise so much, will disappoint anyone who likes this game-porn crossover genre. No rampant orgies, no sex-crazed ghosts, just an oddly named cartoon converted from small screen to even-smaller-screen.
Frankly, whilst Extreme may not test the GBA’s capabilities in any direction, it still makes for an interesting sub-Alien Storm platformer, despite the dull and primitive against-the clock driving sections.
You play as one of two characters, the fast but feeble Kylie and the slow but tough Eduardo, who both eliminate ghosts with the revolutionary technique of shooting at them. There’s nothing new here, with standard repetitive boss ghosts, minimal power-ups, and an admittedly nice variation of lesser baddies. Not a terrible platformer then, but less original than a pack of ready-salted crisps.
Advance Opinion A big pile of Ectoplasm threatens. Who ya gonna Call? After this, Mario Bros!
The GBA is cash-in heaven but even so a kid’s game based on a movie from 20 years ago doesn’t seem a guaranteed money-spinner, so you’d think the developers would put some effort in. Yet Gremlins: Stripe vs Gizmo is a nice game like Paul Daniels is ‘nice.’ That is, it’s let down by being repetitive, far too short, and lacking any ‘magic’.
You can take either the mogwai or the gremlin and you spend your time hunting out presents as Gizmo, or stealing presents as Spike: there’s no real difference here as you’re just playing the same levels with different animations.
Apart from the sight of a cuddly mogwai being forced to eat custard pies (that turn him into a big ball of pus – just like life, eh?) the truly horrifying thing about this game is that there are only five, very short, very easy levels. Link-up play is more of the same, and time-race mode races you against the clock in, yes, the same maps again. With a lifespan of about 2 hours, and fairly boring ones at that, we seriously can’t recommend this game.
Advance Opinion. Don’t play this game after midnight or you’ll turn into a gibbering fool. Or before midnight. Or ever for that matter.