Scooby-Doo! Mystery of the Fun Park Phantom by South Peak Interactive is a fairly good game for children. It tries to capitalize on the somewhat regained popularity of Scooby-Doo and the gang by placing them in a new adventure. The game is a mixed bag, succeeding in some areas while falling short in others.
The opening introduction to Scooby-Doo! Mystery of the Fun Park Phantom is entertaining and features animation that could be found on the actual cartoon show. The original introduction is also included in the game for those who enjoy the nostalgic touch.
Basically, your mission, playing as any member of the gang (your choice), is to find out who has been haunting the fun park and causing its closure. The method with which South Peak Interactive designers chose to accomplish this is at times a bit confusing but also slightly entertaining.
The point-and-click interface used in the game tended to get on my nerves. I could never get Shaggy, Velma or any other character under my control to do as I wanted. I was unable to move them smoothly to the right spot or pick up the right item without some degree of difficulty. At times, it was necessary to press the button three or four times to complete these simple tasks.
Further adding to the confusion are the random occurrences. Every so often, you run into the Phantom or some other potential suspect. The Phantom chases you and the only way to escape is to manage a sequence of buttons. This is not terribly unmanageable but does get slightly annoying after the third time or so.
One thing I like is the graphics. The game's appearance is much like the cartoon series and kids who watch the show on television will be impressed with the similarities. Scooby-Doo, obviously the star, is not a playable character but rather an assistant in performing activities. You must give him a Scooby Snack to get him to help you find clues and be a companion.
The basic gist of the game is to find clues and trap pieces to capture the Phantom. To do this, you must use "action points." Whenever you pick up a piece, speak to a person or move from one area to another, you use some amount of points. To win the game, you must capture the Phantom and discover his true identity. This is slightly tricky for younger children and no small feat for even older ones!
Scooby-Doo! Mystery of the Fun Park Phantom is a fun game, although it does get tedious after a while. The repetitive nature of button pressing can get annoying but, even so, the game does have some overall entertainment value.
Graphics: Very cartoon-like which is obviously what the developers were trying to achieve.
Sound: The voices are the same as in the television show. The sound effects could be a bit more comprehensive.
Enjoyment: It's fun to try and find out the mystery behind the fun park but the controls really put a damper on everything.
Replay Value: Getting through it once is enough. You could possibly beat it with all of the different characters but at the price of monotony.
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