Frantic Flea

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Frantic Flea
Frantic Flea
Cover art
Developer(s) Häus Teknikka[1]
Publisher(s) GameTek
Composer(s) John Anguish[2]
Platform(s) Super NES
Release
  • NA: April 1996
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player

Frantic Flea is a Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game that was released in April 1996.

Gameplay[edit]

The player-controlled flea warrior confronts one of the Insideos.

The player takes control of a flea warrior out to protect his Flea World from an evil race of bugs called the Insideos who are enslaving his friends and family.[3]

This video game is a side-scroller with six different levels, where the player explores each stage, freeing fellow captive fleas and utilizing weapons and devices to aid in their missions. These weapons include the Hoverpod, which enables flight, and the Stikko, which can give the player the ability to climb walls.[3]

Development[edit]

Andy Whitehurt, creative director of Häus Teknikka, described the team's approach to the graphics: "What we were trying to show is that despite 16-bit graphical limitations you can actually make a video game look like a cartoon. We wanted FF to look like a '50s or '60s Warner Bros. cartoon and to have the same zany feel, almost Dr. Seuss-like which nobody has tried before in a video game."[4]

Reception[edit]

The four reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly gave the game a 5.875 out of 10. Three of the four commented that though the game has some innovative features, they are not enough to hold the player's interest. They also criticized that losing all your collected fleas each time you are hit is more frustrating than fun, and that the levels quickly grow repetitive. The remaining reviewer, Sushi-X, defended the game, praising its compelling action, graphics, and selection of weapons.[5] A review in GamePro said the game "puts another nail in the Super NES coffin with uninteresting gameplay, horrible cartoon-like graphics, obnoxious and monotonous music, and annoying, imprecise controls. Basically all you do in this game is run around and collect your little flea buddies."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Release information". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Composer information". SNES Music. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Basic overview of game". MobyGames. Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Interview the Man Behind the Flea". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Ziff Davis (81): 61. April 1996. 
  5. ^ "Review Crew: Frantic Flea". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Ziff Davis (81): 32. April 1996. 
  6. ^ "Quick Hits: Frantic Flea". GamePro. IDG (91): 84. April 1996.