|System: Wii, PS2, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Torus Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Warner Bros||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 14, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
A friend can join in anytime and take control of the secondary character. While you can select any character to play at anytime, another one will accompany the main character controlled by either the CPU or another person.
Since this game is available for the PS2 and DS, the developers have downplayed the exclusivity of the Wiis control system in favor of standard button commands, aside from a few magic wand moves you can perform for moving puzzle pieces around. Commands are simplified to picking up items, interacting with non-playable characters, jumping, attacking, and throwing. Its straightforward enough for anyone to get the hang of in a few minutes.
The characters are rendered in 3D with a more contemporary appearance. That classic 70s look is gone. These guys look smaller and younger. The voices are also different from the original, probably because the original actors are dead or using a voicebox to communicate now. The acting is professional, and the lines are good, even funny at times.
Its not a great looking game. There are only three environments, a ghost town, an Alpine village and the spooky swamp. These places are huge, but like the cartoon, a lot of the background is recycled. The swamp, with the aid of discordant ambient music, succeeds in creating a scary environment that is sure to give kids a chill and thrill.
Scooby Doo! and the Spooky Swamp is an interactive cartoon. Its more fun to play than to watch. If you dont believe me, then watch someone playing it.
CCC Senior Writer