The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (video game)
|The Grim Adventures of|
Billy & Mandy
Wii cover art
|Developer(s)||High Voltage Software|
Full Fat (Game Boy Advance)
|Platform(s)||GameCube, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Wii|
|Release||PlayStation 2 & Nintendo GameCube|
Game Boy Advance
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: The Video Game is a fighting game based on Cartoon Network's television series of the same name. It was developed by High Voltage Software and published by Midway. The PlayStation 2 version's DVD compatibility feature came with behind-the-scenes footage and the season one episode "Little Rock of Horror". Midway announced the game on February 15, 2005 and released it in September 2006 for the GameCube and PlayStation 2, and in the following November as a Wii launch title.
Someone breaks into Grim's trunk and releases his Mojo Balls, causing everyone in Endsville to be infected by supernatural rage and senselessly fight each other. Following a suspicious trail of chicken feathers, Billy, Mandy, Grim, and Irwin travel to various locations from the series such as the underworld, the pumpkin patch, and even Billy's backyard to simultaneously recover the Mojo Balls and find out who released them. After defeating a brain-eating meteor that crashes in Billy's backyard, Billy reveals he was the one who opened Grim's trunk hoping to free "Moe and Joe". The curse Grim had put on the trunk as a failsafe measure had caused Billy to begin sprouting chicken feathers, which he had been leaving a trail of so he wouldn't get lost. The other characters are infuriated at Billy, who is beaten up by Mandy during the credits.
The gameplay heavily mirrors that of the Power Stone series and Shrek Super Slam. In the game, you can execute light and heavy style attacks. Gameplay includes multiplayer, solo, and co-op Story Mode and Mission Mode. Different weapons are scattered through all the levels, such as a halberd or a club. Treasure chests contain items including weapons, healing items, and Mojo Balls that restore the player's Mojo Meter. When the Mojo Meter fills once, a Mojo Smackdown can be performed where the character attacks the opponent with a barrage of punches, kicks, and slaps, and finally a piledriver. When the Mojo Meter fills twice, a Mojo Meltdown can be performed, instantly knocking out all opponents. An opponent is not fully defeated until their lives are depleted and the player or another opponent attacks them, triggering a "finishing blow" sequence. In Story Mode, the game culminates with a battle against the brain-eating meteor from "Little Rock of Horrors".
Cast and characters
The game features fifteen full playable characters, along with five bonus "horde characters", in-game enemies given a limited playable moveset. The TV series voice cast reprise their respective roles with the exception of Jack, who is voiced by Maurice LaMarche in place of his original actor Wayne Knight. "Weird Al" Yankovic voices the in-game announcer.
^a : Horde character.
The game received fair to positive reviews: GameSpot's Greg Mueller gave it a 6.6/10, saying that while it is fun for the "first few hours" and has "Fast-paced gameplay", the game action "gets old quickly" and has a very short story mode. IGN's Mark Bozon gave the game a "good" score of 7.2/10 highlighting its presentation and appeal. Bozon later gave the Wii version a 6.8 "okay" rating, calling it "a solid game with minimal Wii advantages and a few technical limitations." Metacritic gave the game a rating of 61/100 based on 10 critic reviews.
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- "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Review". GameSpot. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (Video game review)". IGN. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
- Bozon, Mark (December 5, 2006). "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy". IGN. News Corporation. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
- "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Wii". Metacritic. Retrieved May 26, 2012.
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