The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures

The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures


Barbara Tuttle, voiced by Jamie Lee Curtis, jumps through one of the colorful levels.

 

The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures has a lot going for it: big-name character voices, gorgeous graphics, several top awards. Plus, half the retail proceeds are donated to charity. But if you strip all of that away, you’re left with a pretty standard side-scrolling platform game. Then again, why would you strip all of that away?

 

The Tuttles are going on vacation to the Alamo, but their flying van keeps steering them wrong. In each level, one member of the family must locate several objects that will help the van fly again. Each family member can jump, swim, and defeat enemies with a special ability.

 

But this is no fly-by-night casual game. Developed by Legacy Interactive in conjunction with the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation, The Tuttles is a first-time attempt at utilizing casual games to raise funds for a nonprofit. Fifty percent of the proceeds from game sales will go to help seriously ill children around the world. Some big-name voices contributed, including William Shatner, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Bob Saget, and the game was named the 2007 GameTunnel Kids Game of the Year, and won the 2008 Silver Honor Award from Parents’ Choice Foundation.

 

The 2D graphics are stunning. Between-level scenes are simple, animated, comic-book style cartoons. The objects and characters you interact with are vivid and colorful, and the lighting brings the whole game to life…especially underwater. Several layers of background imagery scroll at different rates, so you feel as though the environment is 3D, even though it’s not.

 

Unfortunately, this layering effect brought about early bug issues. Objects sometimes shifted into the wrong layer, preventing players from moving forward or using required objects. We encountered a couple of bugs ourselves: On one level, several required objects were invisible. Another level refused to load. Legacy assured us that these issues have been addressed in the Mac/PC hybrid disc. One other annoyance is that you can’t turn off the in-game dialog—a snippet plays every time your character jumps for example—and you jump a lot.

 

The bottom line. The Tuttles Madcap Misadventures lets you jump through fun and colorful worlds with a hilarious family, all in the name of helping out sick kids. We’re happy to play.

 

COMPANY: Legacy Interactive

CONTACT: www.tuttlesfamilygame.com

PRICE: $19.99

REQUIREMENTS: Intel Core Duo or faster processor; Mac OS 10.4.10 or later; 1GB RAM; ATI X1600, Nvidia 7300 GT, or Intel integrated graphics chip

Beautiful visuals with great lighting effects. Humorous character dialogue. Half of the proceeds go to the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation to help sick kids

Intel Macs only. Annoying character sounds that can’t be turned off. Bug issues that still seem prevalent.

 

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