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Smurf's Nightmare, The
Platform:  Gameboy
# of Players:  1
Developer:  Infogrames
Publisher:  Infogrames
Features:  Gameboy Color Only
Ratings:  Teen
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Sometimes I just think, "God, kids are such a stupid breed." They come into the store, with their parents or whatever, and just get SNOT on EVERYTHING! Like, why doesn’t someone give them a Kleenex? Who would want to be one of those? But I have to be fair kids get some cool stuff, in addition to nap time. Like the new Smurfs game for example. Smurf’s Nightmare for Game Boy Color is by far the smurfin-est game on the system. I’ve always liked the Smurfs, so I was looking forward to playing the game, and can now report with full confidence that the game is smurf-tastic.

The scenario is described on the back of the box as a "smurfin’ catastrosmurf," and smurf it, they aren’t kidding! One night while Hefty Smurf was out smurfing in the woods, Gargamel smurfed the entire smurf village by trapping the smurfs in their worst nightmares. When Hefty returns, he smurfs some manner of psychoactive "potion" from Papa Smurf’s laboratory that allows him to enter the other smurf’s nightmares to free them. Hefty must go through each smurf’s house levels such as "The Workbench Gone Mad," "The Library of Fear," and "The Laboratory from Hell" to save his comrades.

As Hefty, you run, jump, float in soap bubbles, ride on mice, and just generally smurf through the levels in typical action-platform manner. A vast improvement over the last game I smurfed, leaves can be collected to increase your jumping ability, meaning far less infuriating falls and misses. The full-color design also looks great and with the addition of cute characters, bonus levels, and weird stuff like jumping strawberries and flying books, the game is fun and absorbing.

Smurf’s Nightmare may be somewhat juvenile, but you don’t have to be a snotty-nosed knee-biter to enjoy it; it’s a fun game, and though it won’t change your life or anything, I give it two smurfs up.

Emily Ponder

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