Title: Da New Guys: Day of the Jackass
System(s): *PC, Mac
Release Date: February 29, 2012
Publisher (Developer): Wadjeteye Games
ESRB Rating: “Teen” for cartoon violence.
Pros: Play as three different characters. Game is very long and has fun and different puzzles and great voice acting for all characters. Dialogue and characters are hilarious (and so are a lot of the puzzles).
Cons: Some puzzles are too challenging and other times you may feel the game takes away the challenge by giving you less options. Not much music in the game.
Overall Score: Two Thumbs Up, 95 out of 100 A * * * * 1/2 out of 5.
Brain is not the greatest wrestler in the world. OK, so he may really be the worst yet he has managed to win the title belt in his most recent match. This has angered all the rest of the wrestlers so much that one of them has kidnapped poor Brain and stolen his belt as well.
Now the other members of the wrestling group “Da New Guys” Simon and The Defender have to save their buddy and partner and get back that belt before things go too far plus stop your boss from making a terrible mistake.
The Best Way to Win is By Default!
Da New Guys: Day of the Jackass is primarily an adventure games that mixes in a bit of action. You have several different objectives in this game that involve using all three of the characters. You start as Brain until he gets kidnapped, then you play as The Defender and Simon (and eventually Brain again after he is rescued).
There are a couple scenes when you have to fight people (it is a game about wrestling, after all) and other scenes when you have to pick different choices to accomplish a task such as talking someone out of something.
Since Achievements are the latest thing in games, Da New Guys decided to add a few you could win, too. A couple of them are easily obtainable as the game progresses but some involve a bit more leg work. You can look at all the Achievements and what it takes to get them on the start menu or you can just try doing crazy things and be surprised when you get one.
The game is very funny and satirical as well. Clicking on different things will often give you a sarcastic or quirky remark and most of the puzzles are solved by doing something silly and obscure. Even The Defender who is the serious one of the group has some good lines. There are also a couple of fake endings that are simply there for comic effect.
Champ or Chump? Or Both
This game has a nice length to it. It’s not one of those adventure games you finish in a few hours especially since it has a couple, what I like to call, “fake stops” (when you think the game is gonna end right there but then something happens and you have to keep going). This also allows for all the characters to have a chance to help out and keeps you interested in the game.
I like an adventure game that has different puzzles other than “use item on object.” This one had fighting, mazes, strategy and even times when you needed talk things out. Some of the puzzles can be challenging though and involve a lot of “trying every item with every other item” until you get it. There are also some puzzles that only a specific character can complete or sometimes it involves two people working together.
The voice acting was great as well. Each character has it’s own personality and voice and even the smaller characters where good. There wasn’t much in the way of music in this game, just in a few spots so there’s not much to say about it.
One thing that was good – and bad – was that each location on the map opened up only when you had a reason to go there. This was good because it made the game a bit easier since you won’t waste your time looking in a location that’s not important to solving the puzzle. You can also argue that it made the game less challenging. Also there is the simple fact that you had less places to explore overall. They also made it so only certain characters can go into certain places (for instance Brain can’t enter the bar because he has no ID), which makes you really have to think about how to solve a puzzle with that character.
Wrestle This One Up
I would love to see a rematch, er, sequel to this game as there is still so much more you can do with it.
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