Category: Board Game
ESRB Rating: Everyone Release Date: June 1999
1 Stars out of 4
Review by Tom Allen
1 Star out of 4
THQ scored a big hit with Rugrats: Search for Reptar for the PlayStation last year. This
year, the Nintendo 64 plays host to the amusing franchise. The PlayStation version was
an adventure game with very specific, goal-oriented game play, but Rugrats Scavenger
Hunt for the N64 is really nothing more than a board game on cartridge… and this is no
For a game so simple in nature, it seems ridiculous to have to read the instruction
booklet just to understand even the most basic game play elements. While you might
be able to figure out that you need to collect statue pieces or treasure in some areas, it
might take a minute to realize that cookies are required to keep Angelica away. Kind of
like bribe money.
Without question, you will be caught unaware of the rock-paper-scissors part of the
game, in which each player picks an object similar to one of those three. If you don't
read the book, you won't know why you're picking an object. Reading the book should
not be necessary in a game this simple. You can pick up Mario Party and know what's
going on without any trouble at all.
While we're not against instruction booklets, we think game designers have forgotten
that they're supposed to be references, not prerequisites.
Still, even if you ignore that, the game is just not exciting. The cinemas reflect the
Rugrats theme and characters, but that's really the only strong point. In the end, this
title does not live up to Rugrats quality.
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