Reviews and Problems with Da New Guys: Day of the Jackass
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Da New Guys: Day of the Jackass
2 September 2013
Summary: They say the first impression is always a lasting one. The main loading screen in Da New Guys: Day of the Jackass has a guy with his hand stuck in a toaster. "Great," I thought, "is this going to be some low brow, cash-in?" Actually, Da New Guys is almost entirely a one-man show developed by Chris Burton (aka Icebox Games). Is his vision enough to make the game stand out among more notable point-and-click adventures?
Summary: Da New Guys: Day of the Jackass is easily the best adventure game I’ve played since I started reviewing them at the beginning of the year. It does this with a fantastic story, timeless gameplay, and a surprisingly great presentation. If you appreciate the genre, this is one game you’re not going to want to miss. While it isn’t wholly original and it lacks replay value, that first ride is still worth the time and money you spend on it.
Excerpt: There are many plot devices used in adventure games which have become so prevalent that they have almost become clichés. Examples include ancient civilizations (like Atlantis and Egypt), secret societies (like the Knights' Templar), protagonists with amnesia, and the many generic entities and settings from the sci-fi and fantasy genres. Every once in a while, however, an adventure game explores a plot device that has rarely been used before.
Excerpt: This game opens during a professional wrestling competition: Da New Guys vs. The Forces of Destruction. Da New Guys team members include Defender (smart and conscientious), Simon (strong and cynical) and Brain (weak and self-absorbed). Brain, whose only prior win was against a bespectacled eight-year-old, stumbles across a weapon that stuns the other wrestlers. He then claims the title belt.
Conclusion: Try as it might, however, neither the story or characters really manage to hit the heights of their competition, and Da New Guys ultimately comes across as a pleasant distraction rather than anything to trouble the best. It’s true that you might not want any more when you’ve finished, but it’s also not a game that you’ll be thinking about for any length of time either.
Conclusion: The same can actually be said for the overall game: Available exclusively at publisher Wadjet Eye's websiteDa New Guys: Day of the Jackass is like a tacky love letter to classic adventure games. For the most part it’s not the prettiest of adventures, but it does have some nice ideas that are executed well, particularly the complex co-op puzzles and impressive 3D finale.
Excerpt: A strictly ludic examination of a video game that emphasizes narrative as its predominant driving component tends to be dismissive of the game’s relevance to what many believe are the inherent tenets of play. Adventure games may run the greatest risk of such criticism, but a comedic approach to storytelling, as seen in Wadjet Eye’s Da New Guys: Day of the Jackass , can and does reclaim a sense of playfulness that is perhaps lost in the genre’s core mechanics, and helps...
Pros: Thoughtful puzzles, Funny, Endearing characters and good voice acting, Visuals
Summary: Da New Guys: Day of the Jackass looks old and plays old. But that is not a bad thing, because this intentionally retro point-and-click adventure from indie developer Wadjet Eye Games has been geared to evoke memories of the glory days of Sierra and LucasArts in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This is an old-fashioned adventure like Roberta Williams used to make, complete with all of the pixel hunts and maddening puzzles that made the genre so beloved back in the day.
Pros: Effectively harks back to games from the golden age of adventures, Charming story and likable characters, Extremely challenging puzzles, Good voice acting
Cons: Puzzles are too obtuse in spots, Retro visuals aren't always easy on the eyes
Excerpt: Da New Guys was an indie game released back in 2004. Now a full-fledged sequel, Da New Guys: Day of the Jackass marks the return of Simon, Brain, Defender, and Smiley Joe in a new over the top adventure. Done in the classic adventure point and click style, you’ll be jumping into the comical world of professional wrestling, complete with obsessed fans…and jail breaks. Oh Brain, you’re so dumb and awkward even though your name implies otherwise.