The Fancy Pants Adventures

The Fancy Pants Adventures
Format: Microsoft Xbox 360 Live Arcade
Players: 1-4
Online: 2-4
Price: 800 ms points
Genre: Platformer
Release Date: 20th April 2011
Over The Top Games, EA 2D

Can a stick man be full of character?  Is it a way to show you just can’t draw? The Fancy Pants Adventures stars a stick man off to rescue his sister captured by dreaded pirates. It doesn’t feel so crude once you meet this guy.

With big baggy pants and a selection of hats and swords to pick from, Fancy Pants sets off on a 2D platformer with the main aim being to collect a bunch of squiggles and have a good time. Running, jumping and attacking is the only thing you need to learn, and the levels tend to be simple ventures with the occasional loop to run off. With the hand drawn visuals it stands out from the crowd, but the jumping feels a little sloppy when you accidentally miss gaps and meet a crab full on. Death is rare though and the real challenge comes from collecting all the junk hidden on the levels. Squiggles are everywhere and you need to explore every inch of the levels to find them all. If you choose to ignore collecting the game is brief and a bit too simple. I found replaying levels later where lifeless affairs with all the crap hoovered up. Combat is a tacked on new feature from the free to play PC versions which only really serves a purpose of allowing more customisation for your character. The games pants humour doesn’t encourage further plays either. lololololol… yeah.

When played as intended, Fancy Pants is a really fun game, especially if you bring a few friends along (online or off) and the game provides ease of use for newcomers to games and challenge for the experienced with collectables and a hard as nails challenge mode. With a large story mode and two additional worlds the game has plenty of content, just when you burst through it quickly becomes a shallow journey. Though the time I spent collecting dressed as a loser with a parrot hat, it was all smiles till the game told me a joke. Then I stopped and grimaced a little. Just keep running.

6/10

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