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Ooga Booga baby! The Dreamcast lives... Tim 
Posted by: Tim at 11:00 PM EST on 6/29/2002
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I played my Dreamcast for the first time in months today. What was the occasion? Nothing, really... Just sheer boredom. See, I've had this ISO of Ooga Booga on my harddrive for ages (since before the game was even released in stores, if I remember correctly) but never burned it because A) I've had plenty of other games to play, and B) (the main reason) I never had any CDRs to burn it to.

Anyway, I picked up a spindle of CDRs the other day to burn some music and decided I might as well finally burn this game, too. I haven't had a chance to play it online yet (since I keep getting error messages when I try to log on... WTF?) but for the little that I've messed around with it in single player, I'm glad I didn't actually pay for it. I can't understand why the hell this game was in development for so long, either. It has to be one of the most simplistic games I've ever played.

Essentially, the game is just a third person deathmatch. You pick one of several "Kahunas" that have varying abilities like Power, Speed, and "Ability to carry lots of shrunken heads," for lack of a better term. These guys have names like "Twitchy," "Hottie," "Fatty," and "Hoodoo." The gameplay consists of you just running around a small island mashing buttons and trying to hit your opponents. You can pick up shrunken heads to bean them with, mash them with a normal swat attack, or hop on a boar and ride around ramming into people.

I found the attack controls to be a bit sluggish, and the camera is pretty annoying as well. So far as I can tell, there's no way to control it independently, meaning you have to run around randomly hoping the camera will point in the direction you want. This isn't such a problem when you zoom out, but still... The islands are so small, it shouldn't be this hard to find people to hit! Granted, this isn't really a problem when there are four kahunas going at it, but in a two player match, I found myself occasionally circling the island a couple times before even spotting the enemy.

Anyway, I'm sure this game is a lot more fun online with actual human opponents, but I wouldn't know, because the damn game always tells me there's a login error when I KNOW the login info is right (it works with the browser just fine)! I've also barely opened much of the single player mode at all. It seems like extra features are added to the battle with each new match. Maybe after a few more matches, there will be some more gameplay variety. I just didn't find it particularly entertaining - I can see lots of potential if I stick with it, though.

Initial Vibe: Neutral. If I could actually access the online features, I might be a little more enthusiastic. Unfortunately, that seems to be out of my hands.
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