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
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
As expected, this game is rated for
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.
The game will require one block of memory
on your memory card.
The action is seamless and flows just
like a cartoon.
As certain angles, the characters are a
little too blocky, too sharp. The environmental graphics are the same.
The characters sound like you would
expect them to. The vocal characterizations are rich and will provide a chuckle
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
There is nothing better than a game that
incorporates the sly, aside comments of the Looney Tunes with solid animation.
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.