South Park: Tenorman's Revenge Reviews

    06 Apr 2012 06 Apr 2012
    34 19 16
    There is a lot to hate about this game, but very little to love. To start, I guess it's an amusing story if you like South Park, though it's clearly written by the b-team and not the best script ever produced by the SP studios. It's a little too obsessed with pee and poo, but it's not too bad. Some cutscenes are downright hilarious and all the right voices, including Trey Parker, are present so that part of the game is pretty good.

    The problem is with the gameplay, of which there is almost none. This game pretends to be a sort of Metroid-like exploration platformer, but it ends up being neither. The platforming is either mindnumbingly simple and dull, or directly unfair and frustrating. Either the jumps are extremely long and just barely possible, or you do yawn-inducing little hops between simply-placed platforms. There is never a middleground.

    On top of that, the exploration is incredibly weak. The levels are straight arrow-style left to right affairs with some mild branching paths; basically the exploration boils down to which character you use. Kenny can go to that branching path, while Stan can go to the other. Most levels don't even offer four paths for each of the kids, and many of them don't even offer any at all.

    What the game ends up being is a massive collectathon, reminiscent of something that would've been released at the tail end of the PS1's or N64's lifetime. You know, when platformers went a little too crazy with hundreds of collectables in each level. We all thought that idea was dead for a decade, but South Park is bringing it back! The very first level alone has over 1000 collectables, with no hyperbole or exaggeration. Granted, you don't need to collect all of them but you're going to have to grab most of them since the collectables are how you obtain gold medals.

    Overall, this is barely a game. It's a work assignment. You have to painstakingly slog your way through 20 levels, that are an average of 20 minutes long with no potential for speedrunning, with each character and collect tens of thousands of balls and boxes along the way. They even expect you to stack crates in piles so you can reach more shit to collect. How the thought that this is closer to work than fun didn't cross anyone's mind when they put in all the crate puzzles is beyond mysterious.

    You'd think that, like most games, South Park would end up being more fun in online co-op, but due to some of the design decisions, that ends up being the opposite of true. Instead of being able to work together and take different branching paths and thus playing the game more effectively, you have to constantly share a screen as the camera zooms out more the further apart you get. That just ends up meaning that there basically is no co-op gameplay at all; you both have to follow each other closely to counter the camera zooming out, as that makes the game much harder to play, which is basically just singleplayer with two players. If you have to stay on the same path, use the same platforms and coordinate your efforts so that you play as one, how is that even co-operative at all? I mean, I guess it is, but it's not very fun co-op.

    Last but not least, this game was clearly programmed in Flash. It plays just like a random, run-of-the-mill platformer on Newgrounds. Floaty physics, slightly unresponsive controls, frustrating level designs. All of it screams Flash, which in turn screams unprofessional.

    Avoid this game unless you love paying 800 MSP so you can complete chores and work assignments. If you want to play an actual game, there are 500 other games on Arcade.
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    TheNutman69321So much to disagree with in this review, I wouldn't even know where to begin. I'll just point out the two obvious things wrong with the review that are facts not opinions. There aren't thousands of collectibles. There are 3 megamen in each level and at most 20 secret areas (usually more like 5-10). All the other things (I'm totally blanking on what they are called) that take off seconds of your time are not collectibles nor do you have to go out of your way to collect them for gold. Just by running through the level and picking up the ones you come across you will easily get gold on every single level the first try other than maybe the boss levels. Second if you're just running through the levels none will take you anywhere near 20 minutes, most can be beaten in 1-2 minutes, 5 at the most for the longest levels.

    The rest is all opinion really so I'm not gonna argue with that stuff, everyone has a different opinion. I don't know what you were expecting from this game though. It's a simple marioesque platformer and lived up to exactly what it claimed to be.
    Posted by TheNutman69321 on 27 Jun 12 at 22:22
    DROGTURISTWhat game are you even talking about? Neither of your facts are anywhere near true. Perhaps they drastically lowered the gold medal requirements with the patch, but there isn't a single level that's only a minute long aside from ManBearPig.

    And I was expecting the game not to suck ass. Like we've already covered in this thread, comparing it to Mario is absurd. Mario had good physics and controls in his first game 25 years ago, it's pathetic that a game from 2012 can't even compete with that.
    Posted by DROGTURIST on 28 Jun 12 at 06:36
    PrettyColt21109It truly is an absolutely pathetically shite game, South Park fan or no. Biggest chore of a game, do not buy it EVER, even if it's free avoid it. How you can make a platform game worse than games from 20 years ago is beyond me. You have been warned
    Posted by PrettyColt21109 on 24 Apr 16 at 23:59
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    11 Aug 2012 13 Aug 2012
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    Ahh yes.South Park:Tenorman's Revenge.First of all, DROGTURIST is completely right about the game before the patch.It was a complete mess.It even got a 2 out of 10 on Gameinformer.After the update,MANY things have changed.

    STORY-To get Revenge,Scott Tenorman,(From South Park Season 5 Episode 1 Scott Tenorman Must Die.A very famous episode.)steals Cartman's Xbox 360 Hard Drive.Stan,Kyle,Cartman,and Kenny must travel through many different portals to get to it.Some levels are out of the show like Pi Pi's Splashtown.Also Jungles Of Peru.All in all,for a South park game,don't expect a very serious story.Although i found it funny and i enjoyed it. -----6/10

    GAMEPLAY-It is a platformer that almost feels like a Super Mario game. I think the control are great offline mode,but,while i play online alot with my girlfriend,the controls feel lagged and slow.Something that i hate alot.You also get alot of portals throughout the game incase you die.If your palying multiplayer,and someone loses all there lives,when you get to another portal,they get 3 lives and 3 hearts.Good,but, the online controls are annoying at times.It's not to bad.-------7/10

    MULTIPLAYER/ONLINE-I think it's very fun to play.Multiplayer is where the game really sticks out.Having 3 other friends is just great fun to play.One major thing that happens is that is freezes during online play.Alot.At the results screen at the end of the level.Pisses me off.You can find me playing this game online ALOT so don't be surprised if you see me.Overall,it's great with minor problems.----8/10

    COLLECTIBLES-There are 3 Megamen dolls to collect on every level and Time cores.On normal levels,there are about 10-12.On boss levels,there are only 2.You need 69,(lol) to unlock every level in the game.(It use to be 120)And guess what you get(Besides the achievement)if you collect all megaman!! NOTHING!!!!!There's no point in that.If people aren't achievement people,don't bother getting these megaman.All in all collectibles suck ass.-----1/10

    SECRET AREAS-To go through these places,you need the characters superhero costumes.Here they are-Stan-Turns into Toolshed.Kyle-Turns into the Human Kite.Cartman-Turns into The Coon.Kenny-Turns into Mysterion.You can access these areas by using Stan's football,Kenny's high jump,Cartman's belly barge,and Kyle's ability that takes turn ginger defenses.Cool little areas that add appeal to the game.-----7/10

    ACHIEVEMENTS-Not hard at all.I got them all in 2 days.Just use the guides for the achievement's.Very Very easy.---10/10

    OVERALL-Not a bad game.Some minor flaws but it's not to bad.Great with friends,easy achievements,funny story makes it a great game. ----7/10

    (This was my first review so please me kind :D)wave
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