Anyone with a fondness for cartoons simply has to be a fan of Dick Dastardly and co. To say that you can't see what all the fuss is about with Wacky Races is akin to the most ardent music fan telling you the Beatles and the Stones are overrated. Pah! Hanna Barbera's creation has been plundered for video game use before, and here it is again, teamed with another work of cartoon genius, Bugs Bunny.
But first, Wacky Races, the console game, allows you to take control of some of the action. The aim of the game is simple, and that's to try to finish each race in first place. Unfortunately, the competition aren’t going to make it easy for you. Your fellow racers will take it in turns to comically try to stop you (and each other) in a bid for victory, using an assortment of acme-style antics. Dick Dastardly always went for the most underhand tactics and he would usually fail to win the race right at the last moment, but now you have the chance to make him a winner. Professor Pat Pending, Peter Perfect, Penelope Pitstop...they're all here, and all playable.
Bugs and Taz's game involves the two characters making a co-operative effort to bend the rules of time in a platform/adventure style. In a nutshell, each of the characters must use their unique abilities together to achieve the same goal. Game structure is similar to Crash Bandicoot, for example, using a main area that eventually leads into other locations within the game. There is plenty of collecting to be done here, with certain areas of the game requiring thousands of gears (the collectible currency) for entry. A compulsory training level has been included, helping you to use each character's skills effectively. Once you go into the game proper, you will come across as many as thirty levels, spread across four unique locations. Environments range from Aztec, Viking, and Arabian Nights.
Time Busters is that rare thing - a platformer with a better two-player mode than in solo mode. Lone players should not be put off, however. These two games in one package is a bargain and a whole lotta laughs.