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POSTED 2/7/11


THE FANCY PANTS ADVENTURES

EA
PS3/PSN (also on Xbox 360/XBLA)

It’s a problem we’ve all faced... angry bath tub pirates that smell funny. Wha-whaddya mean you’ve NFI what we’re talking about?!

They’re the big bads (or are they – DunDunDUNNNNN...) in this relatively (a)vast elaboration upon the apparently popular Flash games of similar nomenclature we missed ’cos we use our PC for work and our consoles for pleasure.

This thing’s Simon the Likeable in game form, from the silly humour to the visual style – simple doodles vaguely reminiscent of the fabby Cyanide & Happiness. Imagine letting a five-year-old loose on a portrait of Sonic the Hedgehog without red or blue textas and that’s likely nothing akin to what this looks like. But it’s gorgeous, m’kay?

We mentioned Sonic on purpose. In the world of Fancy Pants – incidentally the main protagonist - momentum’s your friend. But it can also be a pain in the arse. You cannon about collecting squiggles (coins in most any other platformer), aiming to rescue your little sister Cutie Pants from those aforementioned bath time buccaneers. They may not be so hard – preoccupied with the absence of a foxy discoball and all - but said sibling may have turned yo-ho-ho, and be more concerned with ships matching her outfits. Family; can’t live with ’em, can’t scuttle ’em.

The many levels vary greatly, and progression unlocks stylish clobber. Our fave ensemble was totally bodacious psychedelic dacks and an Elvis pompadour – your mileage may vary. About halfway through you’re weaponised – a pencil, although alternatives are available - and the vibe alters. Not necessarily for the better, as free-flowingness becomes more stuttertational.

Local multiplayer’s hooty, and handy for revisiting areas where collectible stars and stuff proved elusive. Online’s not so funkgasmic – it’s kinda clunky.

The Fancy Pants Adventures totally charmed our socks off. Our tootsies are now blue. Boo! Hiss!

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