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Da New Guys
About this gameDa New Guys are the latest wrestling team to hit the Wrestle Zone. The Brain, Simon and Defender are three Brits trying to make it big, and were forced into an unlikely alliance upon arriving in the 'States. And they're about to face their biggest challenge yet - the repossession of their home!
Make sure you go to the website and get the speech pack!
Nominated, Best Dialogue Writing 2005
Nominated, Best Player Character 2005
15 people commented on this game (newest first):
The first thing you'll notice is that the backgrounds and characters have a simple, yet cartoon-like style to them. This suits it well as the sprites mix with the backdrops. Each character is nicely animated and given the right amount of detail that gives them their character. Backgrounds are simply fantastic as well and you will be anticipating what new backdrops you will encounter as you go on. Also, there are some fantastic animated scenes. Everything looks great, but make sure you set the game's setup graphics to 640x400, even though it will suggest not to. The character sprites will look much better, but if you want to see the credits properly switch it back.
One of the best qualities of this game is the way it pulls you into its world. It actually feels like you are watching a Saturday morning cartoon. Each character is well thought out and given its personality through the fantastic use of the speech pack. The voices are phenomenal considering the fact that the creator of the game did all of them on his own. This is definitely a memorable cast that youâ€™ll love. The plot too is really great as it doesn't forces its jokes or takes its self too serious. As for the sounds and music you'll be hearing, it all sounds great and meshes together nicely. The only small gripe is the fact that the music is borrowed from other sources. Still, that does not ruin anything as the tunes are appropriate to each part of the game.
Another great thing about this game is the puzzles and pacing. The puzzles hit the spot as they are neither too hard nor too easy. It all ramps up at a great pace throughout your adventure. Every puzzle is logical and very clever. Best of all, you get to control three characters later on by switching back and forth to solve some fantastic puzzles. Letâ€™s not forget that there are two different satisfying endings depending how well you do on a certain puzzle.
Puzzles & Pacing: 95%
WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
Thatâ€™s right folks! Da New Guys are your champions! From the great cartoon graphical style that pulls you into its world to some truly well thought out puzzles, Da New Guys deliver what real champions should! This is classic wrestling at its finest and a classic game as well!
+ Great cartoon style.
+ Speech pack with superb voice acting.
+ Well thought out setting that pulls you in.
+ Every puzzle is logical.
+ Three playable characters.
+ Two different endings.
- After you save your game you must close the character selection option to continue.
? The game was done in 320x200, yet the sprites look better in 640x400.
Da New guys rating: 9.7/10
The story of three odd wrestlers, Da New Guys is another one of those games with a really nostalgic, Saturday morning cartoon feel. The characters are brilliant, enhanced by the excellent voice pack and the beautifully drawn cartoon graphics. The music and sound effects are all top notch too.
The story is divided into four parts, making room for plenty of diverse puzzles and locations. For instance, at one point the action switches from the main plot to one of the wrestler's shifts at a local fast food joint, where you have to carry out some menial tasks to proceed with the game. This grounds the story brilliantly in an everyday suburban atmosphere, as does the wonderfully cosy flat that the main characters share.
The puzzles are all logical and after an easy first part to settle the player in, the difficulty increases. The player also gets the chance to switch between the three different characters, which adds a delightful diversity to the game.
The script is wonderful. The sense of humour isn't as insistently cynical as many games and never plumbs the depths of lowbrow toilet humour for a cheap laugh (I enjoy a cheap laugh as much as the next man but some games make it the carrot that wags the dog). Instead, we are treated to a pleasingly gentle laugh fest full of real warmth (SPOILER: I was particularly floored when Ice Cold makes a wrong turn after his first appearance SPOILER END).
Da New Guys is a total classic. Incredibly playable with a great game length, puzzles that are challenging without being frustrating and some of the most likable characters I've yet discovered in an AGs game. I can't wait for a sequel.
The graphics are pretty good, the puzzles are logical and (for me) enjoyable, and the wrestling match minigame was hillarious. All in all, this game is coolnificant.
[game category: Medium Length Joke game]