follow us:

Latest News

EA delays Battlefield: Hardline and Dragon Age Inquisition
During today's quarterly result from EA, they announced that two of their major upcoming games will be delayed. One game received a big delay while the other's delay wasn't so bad. ... [read more]
Get on the dance floor with Dance Central Spotlight on September 2
Announced at E3, Dance Central Spotlight is the digital title that brings the Harmonix's dancing franchise to the Xbox One, and it's coming on September 2.... [read more]
Watch the actors of The Last of Us perform live
For a special one night only event, the actors and music composer behind the critically acclaimed game of The Last of Us from Naughty Dog, will perform live at the theatrical stage.... [read more]

Latest Articles

When a Good Cause Gets Tainted
This June was an important month for Nintendo. Prior to them winning the hearts of gamers across the globe at E3, they were in some hot water over a game that came out just a few days before. That game, Tomodachi Life, became the center of a world of drama that was not only ... [read more]
Destiny Alpha is a delightful appetizer before the main course
Announced during the Sony E3 Press Conference, PS4 owners got their first shot to play Destiny. The Destiny Alpha only lasted a few days, but it left a big impression.... [read more]
E3 2014: Oh who are we kidding, it was all about Zelda Wii U at Nintendo's E3 Digital Event
Even though Nintendo was not producing a live press conference, they didn't spare any expense with the production value of their E3 Digital Event. ... [read more]

Latest Reviews

Titanfall Review
It's safe to say that Titanfall is the first highly-anticipated next gen (or should I say current gen) game for 2014.Developed by Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall received some huge hype at E3, and it was well deserved. Although the game is not perfect, it's heading in the r... [read more]
Conception II Review
I can honestly say that Conception II would be an incredibly awkward game to try and describe to anyone who doesn’t watch anime or play RPGs. In fact, if someone could find a socially acceptable way to describe a game where you impregnate girl’s souls using your “star ... [read more]
Outlast: Whistleblower Review
Outlast became one of my favorite survival horror games and I gave it a 9 in my review. The game, however, left me wanting for more jump scares and thus I was naturally excited to quickly dive into its story related DLC, Whistleblower. ... [read more]

Latest Videos

SGC 2014: We Slay Monsters Interview
You may have played a dungeon crawler before, but have you ever played a dungeon crawler where your attack is based on the poker hand your dealt? This isn't a fantasy game made by Kenny Rogers, it's We Slay Monsters from Furiously Inactive Games.... [read more]
8-Bit Eric: Donkey Kong Country - Tropical Freeze Review
8-Bit Eric reviews the return of our favorite ape, Donkey Kong, in Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze. ... [read more]
Why the Separation of Men and Women in eSports is Stupid (Update)
An article on PC Gamer revealed that the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) keeps men and women in separate tournament. Not only that, men and women can't even compete in the same games. Men can compete in DotA 2, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Hearthstone and Stacraft II wh... [read more]
The Fancy Pants Adventure Review
Posted on April 26, 2011 by Jack

I don’t know about you guys, but I spent a good deal of my early teenage years over at newgrounds.com, watching puerile videos and playing games which, at the time, amazed me due to the fact that they were completely internet-based. However dated that thought process may seem these days, back in the late 90s, it was positively revolutionary. Over the next few years, although my interest in flash-based animation has waned, Newgrounds, and other emerging sites of similar ilk went from strength to strength, adding games and animations at a frenetic pace. The success of these sites can be seen in games such as Super Meat Boy and Alien Hominid, both of which started out on Newgrounds and went on to experience retail success.

The most recent game to make the jump from web-based gaming to home consoles is The Fancy Pants Adventures, based on Brad Borne’s Fancy Pants Man, and published by EA’s offshoot, EA2D. Containing both worlds originally released as flash games, as well as an all new story mode, can The Fancy Pants Adventures do its part to bridge the notoriously prickly gap between console and PC gamers? We’re about to find out......

FANCY DRESS

Tickle Your Fancy - Although it looks like it was drawn by a child, The Fancy Pants Adventures (FPA) hides a fiendish difficulty. Initially, as you first speed through the levels, in awe of the colours and landscapes, you won’t even have a hint of what later lies in store for you as you search every nook and cranny for the umpteen collectibles offered in the game. With 140 different items to collect for Fancy Pants Man alone including hairstyles, pants and weapons, you have your work cut out for you from the get go. When stars and other pick-ups are added into the mix required for a full 100% completion, you realise that the first initial run-through barely scratched the surface of what this game has to offer. Considering that FPA also offers multiplayer with up to 4 people running through a stage at one time, you realise that the developers have created an OCD-sufferer’s nightmare.

Flights of Fancy - As mentioned above, FPA looks a little like it was drawn by a pre-schooler, and this may be enough to turn some people off before they’ve even had a chance to play the game. This is a shame as FPA’s animations and artwork contain more imagination in a single level than some typical grey/brown shooters contain in their entire duration. Combined with a wacky story that includes a rainbow-bearded pirate kidnapping the hero’s little sister, a pirate princess who wants her ship repainted each day to match her dress, and a variety of well-illustrated enemies, FPA contains a veritable feast for the eyes. Although simple, the visuals contain a great deal of charm. They’ll keep you smiling even when the game is battering you with rock-hard frustration.

FANCY SCHMANCY

Footloose and Fancy-Free - Although a thoroughly entertaining and well-designed game, FPA does contain some elements which will raise hackles. Firstly, the music is downright annoying, and the majority of the sound-effects sound like noises a kid you’re babysitting would make in an attempt to make you question your grip on sanity in exchange for an extra hour before bedtime. In addition, the controls can occasionally feel a little loose, and the range of enemy attacks can sometimes be misleading. When these two aspects are combined, they can make for incredibly frustrating stretches of play. Whilst far from game breaking, particularly when you learn to compensate for these factors, it is worth bringing attention to them if you are thinking of purchasing the game.


 

 

If, like me, you bemoan the lack of decent 2D platformers being released recently, then the answer is an unequivocal yes. The Fancy Pants Adventures is a well-designed, brilliantly executed and extremely fun game to play which, once you’re drawn in, will take a good while to complete entirely. With a good sense of humour, some genuinely charming artwork, and plenty to collect, FPA could keep you busy for weeks. If, however, you are after a deep and meaningful story, or are scared that your friends will castrate you for playing a so-called ‘kids’ game, then look elsewhere, because this isn’t a title for you. For those still remaining, put on your fanciest pair of trousers, sit back, and prepare to have a lot of fun.

Jack - Staff Writer jack (@) original-gamer.com | all author's articles

What's your most anticipated game for August?

Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney
Sacred 3
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
Tales of Xillia 2
Madden NFL 15
Metro Redux
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
View Results - View Comments

Podcast


The Iron Men of Gaming


My Video Game History

Lord of the Rings Conquest Review

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Review

Other Gaming News From The Web