OK, I’ll admit it: I was a huge fan of the show growing up, AND I own the three-disc DVD box set. With that out of the way, I’m doing this review without any bias outside of Gwar being in it. Yes, I am also a Gwar fan. Now that I feel like a total nerd, on with the review!
Our delinquent duo finds an ad for a Gwar concert, but of course, they have no money. In an attempt to gain free tickets, they go on various missions to take “cool” pictures of themselves doing stuff that’s…well…cool. Showing Gwar these pics will surely get them in for free! If I had known that, I would have just taken them pictures instead of spending money on the numerous shows I’ve been to. Damn!
Between levels, Beavis and Butt-head partake in one of the show’s most memorable moments…COUCH FISHING! Couch fishing is an interactive minigame wherein you can catch falling food with a fishing line to regain health. If the line snags, it’s game over.
The level design brings in some familiar locales like Highland High School, the hospital, the Turbo-Mall and of course Burger World, and it also arms the duo with familiar weapons like the baseball bat/boxing glove combo, squirt guns, etc. Sadly, since the Genesis version’s sound isn’t as good as its SNES counterpart, the voices and music are either very dull or muffled. Either way, the gameplay on both versions seems similar, but the graphics turned out a little better on the Genesis.
Even by today’s standards, this is a difficult game. Thankfully, it’s a two player co-op, but some of the bosses, like Mr. Anderson on his riding mower, make you their bitch all too often. For every bad there is a good, of course. The game is a blast as a two player co-op, but I see many a kid and his friend imitating the voices while they play in front of the TV making “mouse burgers” in Burger World. “Hehe…cool…stop asswipe.” *bad memories*
As for novelty, I cant really say that Beavis and Butt-head shines, but it’s so much like actually playing episodes of the cartoon without having to sit through the Grim Reaper music videos. Even down to using the remote control to select your levels. I remember having a blast playing it with my friends and getting pissed off because I could NEVER catch anything while couch fishing, but in the end…I got to see Gwar, and all was well. Gwar in a videogame would have made me buy Army Men 3D, but for this game, it was just the icing on the cake. I’m a sucker for 2D platformers, a fan of the TV show and a slave for Gwar…what could have been bad?
So pick up the game and go back in time to where school sucked, you couldn’t get laid to save your own life and your only source of food came from outside of your window using a fishing rod.