|System: PC, Wii (WiiWare)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Telltale Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Telltale Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Dec. 15, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The copious amount of humor found in 8-Bit Is Enough pays homage to classic, old school games, while taking every possible opportunity to make fun of them at the same time. Genres like first-person dungeon hacks, 2D RPGs, platformers, side-scrolling shooters, 3D brawlers, anime, and sports games all serve as the butt of numerous gags. Youll find plenty of nods to specific games as well.
Other gaming tenets and mechanics also factor into the humor. For example, age-old gaming concepts like item fetch quests, checkpoints, med-kits, password wheels, and weak level-1 monsters are among the many staples used for a quick laugh. SBCG4AP has traditionally contained tons of inside jokes and fan-service from the popular Homestar Runner web cartoon its based-on. While thats still very much the case in the season finale, the gaming-related wisecracks should double the enjoyment for players well acquainted with video games of days long past.
SBCG4APs cartoonish visual quality is greatly enhanced by an entirely random smattering of different retro video game styles. Some characters and elements youll encounter are very pixelated, while others are worked into N64-style 3D. Aside from an obvious nostalgia factor, the array of unique gaming visual designs incorporated into the episode adds to its enjoyability and humor. The awesome, heavy-metal Trogdor theme from Guitar Hero II makes a few brief appearances, but much of the music in the game incorporates the blips and bleeps of 8-bit audio chips.
So far, each episode has provided a Videlectrix-produced, retro-style bonus game. 8-Bits Is Enoughs offering, Gel-Arshie Pro Fruitboarder, tasks players with riding a fruitboard while snatching up an onslaught of red fruit and avoiding dangerous yellow pineapples. Like the others before it, the gameplay isnt as fun as the novelty. Gel-Arshie Pro Fruitboarder is also worked directly into the gameplay, so theres no avoiding it. Fortunately, after making it through the full episode, players will be treated to another special bonus surprise.
After five months of digging into each episode of the highly amusing series, its disappointing to see it drawing to a close. Still, 8-Bits Is Enough offers a satisfying conclusion rife with gaming nostalgia and Strong Bads trademark ridiculousness. While its hard to say whether Telltale and the Chapman bros will eventually cook up another batch of gaming episodes, surely there are plenty more absurd adventures worth exploring.
CCC Staff Contributor