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VIDEO GAME REVIEW

Conker’s Bad Fur Day

A Review of the New Nintendo Game Designated for Mature Audiences Only

By Chad Serrant

Graphics: 9.5/10

Sound: 9.0/10

Gameplay: 8.5/10

Replay value: 5.0/10

Overall: 8.5/10

Years ago, Rare, a Nintenm, do-only developement team, showed screenshots of their upcoming platformer. It had a cutesy squirrel jumping from multiple platforms, squishing bad guys, and basically doing everything any other platformer had previously done. The public reacted, “Not another platformer!” Platform games haven’t moved an inch since Super Mario 64 (and Sonic Adventure.) So, Conker’s Adventure was the same thing, but it used a cute squirrel.

Then, Rare got nasty.

Conker’s Bad Fur Day (BFD) is probably the first platform game that’s rated “M” for mature. It has blood, it has sexual themes, and it has cursing. This game is definitely aimed at adults.

The game starts with Conker’s 21st birthday. Now that he’s 21, Conker heads to a bar and drinks himself stupid. He stumbles out, barfs on someone’s shoes, and passes out. He wakes up in the middle of nowhere, and it’s up to you to guide him home.

Like I said before, Conker’s BFD is aimed squarely at adults. Most of the characters Conker meets are either rude or looking for some sex. Conker meets a pitchfork, a can of paint, and a paintbrush who curse at him while trying to kick his (well, you know.) Conker later meets the king of the bees, and Conker helps him cheat on the queen bee by “pollinating” a large-breasted sunflower.

Another reason this game more adult-aimed is because of “context-sensitive pads.” If Conker walks on one, and presses the B button, he’ll take out an item that gets him forward in the game. If a boulder’s blocking the path, he can get to a context-sensitive pad and take out some dynamite. If bats are trying to knock him off a platform, he can take out a flamethrower. Conker’s BFD eliminates the “enter area, learn new skill, go back to a previous area and use new skill to enter another area” routine that plagues most platformers.

Unfortunately, Conker’s BFD still is a basic platformer. You still have to jump between multiple platforms, carry items between places, and find bosses’ secret weaknesses. Without the adult humor, this would be another boring platformer.

Rare knows their way through the N64’s hardware, and it shows. Conker’s BFD has some of the best graphics and sound ever produced on the N64. Every character has great animation. Tthe character models look like they were taken from a cartoon. Conker has a real-time shadow that reacts to its environment (although this makes jumping difficult, because you don’t know where you’re landing.) Anyone who’s played Banjo-Tooie will feel right at home.

The sound is also fantastic. Even minute sounds like footsteps or milk poured into a glass are present. The background music is light and more cartoonish at times. The voice acting is also excellent, with wacky and serious voices blended in.

All in all, this game is a platformer with adult-oriented jokes. If you’re trying to find a platformer that isn’t cute, try this one. All the characters could be in a cartoon if they weren’t cursing so much.