The CD-ROM comic books from Inverse Ink are horrible. The way they simply take an episode from a cartoon series, adapt it to comic book form and sell it as a "game" demonstrates a total lack of creativity. None will keep you entertained for more than a half-hour and you're probably likely to wonder why you purchased it just a couple minutes into "gameplay."
That being said, Eek!Stravaganza: The EeX Files is not a total waste of money. Just partially so. Why the refrain from lambaste on this one, you ask? It's quite simple, really. Despite the fact that it features the horrible click-the-next-frame-and-see-what-happens gameplay that is expected from Inverse Ink, this one actually makes me laugh! Perhaps it's a good thing if you have not watched the cartoon series, thereby not knowing the gags involved in the two episodes adapted to CD-ROM comic book form beforehand. There are some clever jokes, usually spoofing popular sci-fi television shows and films that literally made me laugh out loud.
The funniest part is one that might actually be (and I stress the word "might") something unheard of in one of these Inverse Ink CD-ROM comics: original content that's worth looking at! Near the end, there is a totally unexpected sing-along parody of
Graphics: Quality animation that would look nicer in the show clips if it weren't so grainy.
Sound: Some clever plays on popular sci-fi themes set this apart from the music in other Inverse Ink titles. Unfortunately, the volume remains inconsistent.
Enjoyment: As a game it fails but the extremely funny moments at least partially make up for it.
Replay Value: You might want to go back to the jokes a time or two.
Fox Kids Network teamed up with the kids at Inverse Ink to produce comic books on CD-ROM based on four different cartoons. This one is a wonderfully wild tale of Eek! the cat, who is mistaken for an alien when he falls out of a plane and lands in Area 51. You won't believe who's really running things out there in Secretland! You'll laugh out loud at the outrageous take-offs on Star Trek, Star Trek DSN, the X Files and lots more. By clicking from panel to panel you'll view more than 60 animated "hotspots," including simple animations and QuickTime movies taken straight from the two episodes of the television show on which the game is based. By clicking on folders, you'll unlock secrets and other original touches to the story such as a sing-a-long.
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