Toonstruck (Oldie)

One of the games that have made me want to throw myself (and the computer) out of the window in frustration and sheer ‘what the…where is the logic in that’, is a very old game called ‘Toonstruck’. ) It was developed by Burst media, and published by Virgin Games in 1996(!). In my opinion, this is one of the best ‘point-and-click-adventure’ games that has ever been made (next to Grim Fandango and ‘Under a killing moon/Pandoras directive’).

From Wikipedia:

Drew Blanc is a cartoon animator and the original creator of the Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun Show. This show has been an unprecedented ten year success for his company, but in reality the many cute talking rabbits that star in the show sicken him. His self-revered creation, Flux Wildly, a wise-talking and sarcastic small purple character, has been denied the chance of starring in his own show. Drew’s boss, Sam Schmaltz (played by Ben Stein), sets him the task of designing more bunnies to co-star in the Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun Show by the next morning. However, the depressed animator soon nods off, suffering from acute artist’s block. He wakes early the next morning to inexplicably find his television switched on, announcing the Fluffy Fluffy Bun Bun Show. Suddenly, Drew is mysteriously drawn into the television screen and transported to an idyllic two-dimensional cartoon world populated by his own creations, among many other cartoon characters. He soon befriends Flux Wildly….

….his fictional paradise is being ravaged by a ruthless new character with a devastating weapon of evil, a flying machine equipped with a ray beam that mutates the pleasant, childish landscape and its inhabitants into dark, twisted and mean counterpart versions of themselves. He is tasked with hunting down and stopping this madman, thereby restoring peace and harmony to the land, in return for safe passage back to three-dimensional reality.

Aye, i must admit that this sounds like one of the most cheezy plotlines in the history of digital-mankind, but dont be fooled. This is an excellent game that will twist your brain around and around
until you are so ‘brainfarted’ that when you find the solution to the puzzle, it almost seem totally logical.


Gameplay (lets play video)

If ya run out and get this game (google might turn up a result or two if ya search for it too) be sure to have ‘Dosbox’ installed on your system and run it through that. This game was built for a 486 / Pentium 60Mhz processor, so running it on a modern computer will make some aspects of it unusable due to too much speed. There are, as an example, a vending machine ingame that you need to hit a button with a mallet to make it stop at the right item as they are scrolling past. On a modern computer, 20+ items will scroll past in less than half a second….


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