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Austin Powers: Oh, Behave
Classed as an oddity when it was released, time has made Austin Powers: Oh, Behave an even bigger curio.
Coming out alongside a Doctor Evil edition – subtitled Welcome To My Underground Lair! – it attempts to be a computer in a cart.
If that sounds like a ridiculous concept – that’s because it is.
Unfortunately the developer seemed to have spent most of its time thinking up the game’s concept – and forgot to actually make it fun.
The game opens with a main menu set-up like a PC desktop, with three folders on the far left of the screen. To access them you move your cursor onto them and click them with B (A would have surely been a better choice?).
Each folder contains three programs, with one allowing you to alter the sounds, cursors and Color Scheme. This folder is incorrectly labelled as ‘groovy stuff.’
The other two folders are more interesting, if only by default.
One offers incredible basic version of computer programs. A word processor is dubbed ‘Austin’s Pad’, there’s an ‘internet’ program which allows you to look through descriptions of the film’s characters, and finally a calculator (or, as it is deemed here, a shagulator).
Alas, these will only maintain your interest for mere minutes (even with Gameboy printer support for the word processor), and you’ll probably end up looking into the games folder for some proper fun.
Sadly, the games on offer are incredibly basic.
You get a Rock, Paper, Scissors game which allows you to face various enemies from the first film, a dull Pac-Man inspired title called Mojo Maze (see screenshot above), and a simple board game titled Domination (otherwise known as Othello).
That really is it, and ultimately there’s little contained in the cart that could be described as fun.
The only thing it has going for it is its original concept – and even that isn’t that much of a plus point.
It goes too far in wanting to be a pocket PC, with an example being that you have to actually tell the cart to shut down before you turn your Gameboy off. If you don’t the cart pretends to do a virus search when you play it again. Bizarre.
Overall, this ‘game’ is only worth playing today if you really have a desire to see how far a brave experiment can go horribly wrong.