Spirou is a platform side-scroller based on popular Franco-Belgian comic strip Spirou et Fantasio. The story begins in New York where famous inventor Count of Champignac is about to present his latest inventions. Journalists Spirou and Fantasio, Count's most faithful friends are also there. Suddenly an evil robot woman Cyanida (originally called Cyanure), known to be obsessed with the plans to enslave humanity, appears and abducts the scientist! There's no time to loose, so Spirou and his pet squirrel Spip rush to the rescue, while Fantasio stays back to dig for more information. The player controls Spirou. He is able to jump, duck, climb ladders and cliffs and run fast if the player holds down the action button. In the fourth level Spirou gets a gun to stand a chance against the increasing numbers of Cyanida's minions. Spirou's quest will see him travel through city streets and rooftops, a toy store, subway, Palombian swamp and jungle and other locations in over 12 levels. The player only gets 3 lives and no continues to beat the game. A single password is granted after beating the first half of the game.
Lucky Luke and Spirou are two relatively obscure 2D side-scrolling platformers designed by Infogrames based on popular Belgian comics. Lucky Luke is a Western cowboy, while Spirou is a bumbling bellboy who looks like he could be Tintin's younger brother. In Spirou, you task is to rescue the world-famous scientist Count Champaignac from the clutches of an evil organization intent on using his latest invention to take over the world, while in Lucky Luke your job as the good sheriff is to restore order to town.
Both games sport colorful cartoony graphics, fluid animations, and funny antics that fans of both comics will recognize. If you enjoy the likes of Pitfall, Jungle Book, or Infogrames' other licensed cartoon platformers (most notably the Tintin series), you will probably also like these two less known games. They offer solid plots, crisp graphics and sound effects, as well as a challenging but fun gameplay. I prefer Spirou of the two: it has more "interactive" backgrounds, interesting levels, and more surprises than Lucky Luke. Too bad the variety of gameplay is not as good as Tintin games. Recommended. If you like these games and own the PlayStation or GameBoy consoles, check out more recent releases from Infogrames based on the same licenses.
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