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Looney Tunes Sheep Raider
by Infogrames

Reviewer: Michael Lafferty
Review Date: 10/22/2001

Looney Tunes: Sheep Raider does a nice job transferring the trials of Ralph the Wolf from cartoon to PlayStation format

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Looney Tunes Sheep Raider
GZ Review Ratings:
 Gameplay  8.0
 Graphics  7.5
 Sound  8.5
 Difficulty  7.5
 Concept  8.0
Overall 8.0

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All Reviews for Looney Tunes Sheep Raider

If you are old enough, you remember the classic Looney Tunes cartoon and the classic match-up between the wolf and the sheep dog. Sam the Sheep-dog foils Ralph the Wolf plans to snag a stray sheep, grabs the wolf by the neck and is just about to clobber him when the time clock rings, and both head off to share lunch from their boxes. Then, just as the time clock is about to ring again, they resume their positions, and as the clock chimes, Sam punches Ralph and sends him off reeling.

Looney Tune: Sheep Raider, a Warner Brothers and Infogrames release for the PlayStation system, attempts to recapture that carefree fun. And for the most part, it succeeds.

Daffy Duck is the host of TV game show (he says he has to do this to re-launch his career) in which he invites Ralph to compete and do what Ralph does (or supposedly does) the best – steal sheep.

If Ralph seems a little like Wile E. Coyote from Roadrunner fame, that is intentional. He uses the Acme Training Zone to perfect his sheep-stealing capabilities. And his abilities to steal sheep require game players to interact with the world, work stealthily and out-wolf the sheep dog.

This game uses sharp angled animation – perhaps a little too blocky – to simulate the Looney Tunes world. Perhaps the game is a little too sharp, too angled, but the fun is still there and promoted by the vocal characterizations of the characters encountered. The characters are so very reminiscent of the cartoon characters that this program is a delight.

Controls are kept fundamental. The D-pad controls movement, and the other PlayStation game pad controls are kept to run, use, jump and a wolf’s-eye view of the world.

As mentioned previously, the vocal characterizations are very good. The graphical elements mimic the cartoon, from the big fluffy cloud-like sheep – with innocent eyes – the sharper main-line characters.

Players take on the role of Ralph – hence the focus on the “sheep raider” theme. He lopes, he orders from Acme, he gets clobbered from time to time. There are 15 levels of game play, each a joy to explore.

As expected, this game is rated for Everyone.

Looney Tunes: Sheep Raider is a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It offers up jokes that make fun of the Looney Tunes characters – sort of an inside joke that is winking furiously at the game players – and an animation style that transfers the cartoons to the console gaming platform. If you are a fan of the Looney Tunes cartoon classics, this program will bring back fond memories and a lot of fun.

Install: N/A
The game will require one block of memory on your memory card.

Gameplay: 8
The action is seamless and flows just like a cartoon.

Graphics: 7.5
As certain angles, the characters are a little too blocky, too sharp. The environmental graphics are the same.

Sound: 8.5.
The characters sound like you would expect them to. The vocal characterizations are rich and will provide a chuckle or two.

Difficulty: 7.5
This is not an overly complicated game, but it will provide some challenge for newer players. You will have to combine elements as you progress through the game, making it tougher as you move forward.

Concept: 8.
There is nothing better than a game that incorporates the sly, aside comments of the Looney Tunes with solid animation.

Multiplayer: N/A

Overall: 8
Ok, I’m a fan of the cartoon series, and this program gives a quick, “don’t take me serious” wink at those who grew up with those great cartoons. Does this game disappoint? No, it provides good graphics, and great sound into an entertaining package.

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