Power Rangers Time Force
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  • THQ
  • THQ
  • Action - General, Other
  • 2001
  • 1
  • hard drive
  • 4
  • $50.00
  • Everyone
5  |  Not Too Powerful
Darryl B. , 5/13/2005 8:29:47 AM
Boy, Stage Select surfers are in for something different this time around: I'm actually reviewing a kid's game today.

Not that I'm exactly *interested* in them or anything, but what got me to notice this one in particular is once when I walked by my mom's computer (whom I had to move back in with; oh yay!), and the nephew was playing it when he was visiting, there was a screen up of a game that somewhat resembled the classic of Shamus (or Berzerk, or Intellivision's Swords and Serpents, or Gauntlet, or a lot of other classic, overhead-viewed maze games). So that got me interested in it.

But, of course, kids' games are pretty much that: they're not for us adults. Granted, it's got settings for how difficult you want your games to be, but I just wanted my Power Rangers experience to be over with as soon as possible, so I just played on the default easy setting (I didn't even know there WERE settings anyway until later).

One thing that's strange is that THQ didn't make the intro of video clips from the tv show (from whichever one of the millions of nauseating Power Rangers franchises...I guess it's Time Force, as I think the surname of Power Rangers changes every year or two, although I don't see why they don't just name the show "Power Rangers: Different Rangers, Same Crap" from now on and just be done with it) more clear during the intro. The graphics for the games themselves are also very cartoonish, but I don't mean that in a good way, they're just not very good. But the young ones probably aren't going to care.

The games start off with the main screen, which has all the Power Rangers together (at the time that this was made; I'm sure there's a totally different set of Rangers for the show now. I wanna do the Pink Ranger! Uh, I mean BE her...) to choose from; pick one, and you're taken to that Ranger's game in particular.

This cd doesn't have an original bone in it's body, as one game involves you picking up citizens (kind of like Choplifter!) as you fly over a city, Scramble-style; another one has you cornering off bad guys like the Light Cycles in Tron, another Ranger's task involves matching two pairs of tiles together (see screenshot) to rescue buried treasure, there's the Shamus look-alike, and another Ranger's duty involves shooting bad guys (surprisingly, the only game on board that's actually violent, unlike the Ranger tv shows, with plenty of fights, laser fire, and explosions), which plays like shooting Storm Troopers on Hoth in Star Wars Rebel Assault. Of course, Ranger lore is seen in every game, such as Vector Cycles from the Rangers tv show (whichever one it is) in the Tron-like game.

This actually isn't too awful, and is probably pretty good for young children in order to develop hand/eye coordination for gaming, and the variety is good as well. The voice acting is decent, yet still gets annoying, as there are times at the end of a wave a catch praise is said, but then it can repeat itself at the end of every wave, up to eight freakin' times until you finish off that particular game. It's as if the actors were just told to say only a couple of lines and NOT to improvise in the studio, or else Power Rangers' creator Saban would force them to tour the country greeting millions of kids in person; ugh. ("Hey, why can't you make the Megazord [or whatever] appear?")

As far as us adults go, though, we're not going to care much in the least over this one, except for saying "hey! That's a rip-off a game that *I* used to play when I was your age!"

Then you can show Junior what constitutes an ORIGINAL, better put together game, rather than this tripe.

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