(Phantom of the Knight &
Showdown in Ghost Town)
Developer - Publisher: The Learning Company
Windows 95/98: 166 MMX Pentium or
higher, 32 MB RAM, 40 MB free hard disk space, 8x CD-ROM drive, 16 bit
color display, set to 640 x 480 resolution, 16 bit sound card, speakers,
I'm sure this looks strange
- one moment I'm advocating In Cold Blood now Scooby Doo mystery games.
I know - some of you guys
are saying - gee that Laura is such a BAAGer she'll play anything. That
may be true LOL But sometimes I like a game that drives me nuts, is hard
to solve and I feel victorious after days of figuring out the solve on
some puzzle - like the Riven Fire marble puzzle.
Then again sometimes I like a game that is just fun with a minimum of
stress. So here you have the Scooby Doo games. PS I also had fun with the
Spy Fox games heh-heh
I grew up on the cartoon show and love these silly guys. I also loved the
mystery side of the plots. These games are a direct derivation of the
popular TV series (the older ones not the Scrappy Doo stuff)
There are two games out now.
Scooby Doo: Phantom of the Knight
Scooby Doo: Showdown in Ghost Town
Of the two Phantom has the edge - but both are fun. They were a bit pricy
at first - but I picked mine up at Comp USA for about 20.00 with tax.
The specs on this game have very low system requirements, Pentium 166, 32
RAM, 40 Mb free space, 8x CD Rom and 16 bit color.
They install flawlessly. So any one can load this up on their machines
brand new or hanging in there. Finally these are mouse controlled, third
person and are good for any age group. These are great games to play with
or without your kids or for the kids/ grandkids to play solo as well.
Now just because these are highly regarded "family" games doesn't mean
these are no-brainers. In the Phantom game in particular some of the
puzzles are somewhat a challenge. I actually spent a little stuck time in
one for a half a day. The game length is not great - but you get an
average amount of play time here. I spent probably 15 hours or more on
The graphics are 2D pre-rendered high quality cartoons. Just like the TV
show. The plots have the proverbial secret bad guy to unmask and assorted
suspects/ allies along the way. There are the occasional traps and
pitfalls. You also control different characters in different environments.
Just as in the show - the characters would split up to go exploring - you
get to handle the various groups. It has an inventory based interactive
mode and also some puzzles that are direct manipulations.
In the end - I would advise you to re-visit your youth, get these cute
games and sit back for a non-stressful and fun romp through Scooby Doo and
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