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Flintstones Redrock Bowling
"Join Fred and the gang for a spot of their favorite sport at the Bedrock Bowling alley."
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Developer  South Peak Int Game Type  Kids Fun
Distributor  Adrenaline Ent Review Date  Aug 00
 
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Review:
 
Wilma!!! Ah.I can just hear that billowing voice of that loud mouthed but lovable Fred Flintstone as he locks himself out of the house at the end of each episode. Okay gamers get ready to have some prehistoric fun at the expense of Fred, Barney and others from the Flintstones universe in this rather primitive (hehe) "sports" title. You get to choose from six or so of the Flintstones characters. Kazoo (the whacko space alien) is having you bowl for pins, crystals and birds in a variety of locations throughout Bedrock.

The graphics immediately struck me as being a first generation PSX game. choppy, poorly rendered and none too spectacular. In a little twist of the genre, the player rides inside the 'ball' (which is really a carved out rock). Viewed from a 3rd person perspective the analog joystick is then used to navigate the character towards the target through a 3D path. Your chosen character is then taken through a series of bowling scenarios trying to hit as many targets, pins, crystals and birds within a set time period.

Usually you are right behind your character and navigation is easy, but sometimes your character goes under a bridge, or behind an obstacle, and you can't see where your going. On other occasions the angle switches to the side of the character leaving you blindly guessing where to aim at. Also, the 3D rendering and collision detection is very poor. So much so you can pass right through a target and still not hit it, leaving you to pass back and forth until you actually nail what you appeared to hit only moments before.

Various sound bytes appear to have been copied directly from the popular cartoon series for the voices of the main characters, but there does seem to be a set script for certain situations. For example, when a character hits a pin it says the same phrase every single time. Even though each character does have their own individual sayings (or in the case of Dino. barks) it soon gets pretty tiresome and repetitive.

The whole game basically consists of controlling your character through a series of courses (actually one long, segmented course) in an effort to knock down ten bowling pins that are scattered along the way. Each section that you traverse has its own "theme" and seemingly dangerous things to steer clear from. For example one scene has lava pits to avoid, but how your character interacts with the environment is very inconsistant. Sometimes he falls into the lava and is replaced, other times he isn't and it's game over.

Should you hit all of the birds as you travel down the course a bonus word is spelled out, while some areas have a 2X target that will double your score on that round. You have the option to save the game or the replay, but this seems pretty pointless as you can't rejoin the game where you left off.

Features:
 
12 zany, miniature golf-like environments.

Play as Fred, Dino, Bamm-Bamm, Barney or Pebbles

Collect Gems and Knock Down Pins

Each lane is a puzzle of varying difficulty

YABBA-DABBA-DOO

Options:
 
• Number of Disks: 1
• Number of blocks used on Memory card per save: 1
• Maximum number of Players (without a multi-tap): 4
• Multi-tap compatible (max players): No
• Link-cable compatible (max players): No
• Split screen multi-player option (max players): No
• Other accessories: None
• Dual Shock Pad Digital Button compatible: Yes
• Dual Shock Pad Analog Stick compatible: Yes
• Dual Shock Pad Vibration compatible: Yes
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Summary
Tom   "This game is very weak. I can't believe someone allowed the Flintstones name to be licensed to this. I think a child would only be occupied maybe 2 hours tops with this until chucking it away. There must be so much empty space on this CD, because no effort was put into graphics, feedback, playability, sounds or even additional courses.

Here.I will put it another way: "Yabba Dabba Doo NOT GET THIS GAME". "
Graphics  5/20
Playability  20/50
Sound  4/10
Lastability  5/20
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