The Powerpuff Girls Relish Rampage
by bam! entertainment
The city of Townsville is all set for it's elections. All seems to be running smoothly until someone decides that is just isn't right that the Mayor is the sole candidate and that some opposition is called for. Of course competition is healthy, right? Well not in this case and especially when the one who wants to run against the Mayor is Mojo Jojo, the fiendish monkey. If you've watched the cartoon you'll know that something always goes wrong for Mojo and this time he's managed to summon an entire race of mutant pickles to Townsville and the pickles are attempting to take over. It looks like a job for the Powerpuff Girls.
Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup make their debut on the PlayStation 2 in Relish Rampage. The game consists of 30 missions with the aim of restoring Townsville back to it's old self. The game begins easily enough with the girls having to deliver a supply of pickles to the voting booths. The Mayor likes to give free pickles away and the ones that were already at the booths have mysteriously gone missing. Of course this is all simple stuff but after this breeze of a mission is over it's time for some fighting. Basically the game involves fighting, collecting and protecting missions. Some are quite difficult, some are timed, whilst others are all too easy and are over in no time at all.
The first thing you'll notice with Relish Rampage is how good the girls look. Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup look like they're straight out of the cartoon, which will please fans of the series. Townsville looks good but has more of a 2D cell shaded look to it but nevertheless the appearance of the game as a whole is exactly what fans of the cartoon would have been expecting. The characters in the game include the girls, of course, the Professor, Mayor, Ms.Keane (the girls teacher), Mojo Jojo, The Gangrene Gang, Princess Morebucks, Sedusa and the Pickloids. Quite an impressing showing all things considered.
The main activity in the game is fighting and the girls have a small selection of combo moves and also some special moves to use against their foes. The girls fly in unison with the default character that you use being Blossom. Pressing the L3 button will allow you to change to either Bubbles or Buttercup in order to use their special ability. In order to use the girls' special abilities you're going to need chemical X. Chemical X boosters can be collected in the same way that health boosters can. Both are invaluable to the girls. If there's one thing that let's the fighting down it's the poor targeting system. There is a lock-on feature but all too often it seems to move off the enemy you're trying to defeat. This makes battles more difficult than they should be.
Relish Rampage is a bit of a mixed bag for deaf gamers. The cutscenes are unsubtitled which robs deaf gamers of the plot. During the game itself the mission objectives are shown in text and all conversations are shown in text too, with the picture of the character who is talking appearing next to the slow scrolling text. There are some bonus soundtracks to be unlocked in the game, by collecting 6 of the Powerpuff Girls toys but of course this is no use to deaf gamers.
The Powerpuff Girls Relish Rampage is a game that will please fans of the cartoon, please but not impress. In places the game is really difficult whilst in others it's far too easy for younger gamers. There's about 7 hours gameplay on offer which isn't really long enough but these shortcomings are insignificant when compared to the poor targeting system that makes fighting cumbersome. Relish Rampage isn't awful by any means but it's not the game it could have been.
Game Rating: 5.0/10