Scooby Doo and the crew of mystery solving teens the lovable Great Dane pals around with what are perhaps some of the most recognizable cartoon characters in popular culture today. And in Scooby Doo and the Spooky Swamp for the Nintendo Wii, players will be able to come along with Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby Doo too in order to solve the mystery of the strange brew in the swamp.
For fans of the Lego series of games on the Wii, the controls and mechanics for the Scooby Doo and The Spooky Swamp will feel very familiar indeed. There is basic platforming, as well as character switching while players are going through the various levels. Every character has a special ability that can come in handy when defeating foes and trying to solve puzzles, and the whole crew will be necessary for players to really explore the whole game and solve the mystery of what, exactly, is in the strange brew in the spooky swamp.
As with so many Scooby Doo stories, The Spooky Swamp is simultaneously straightforward while at the same time challenging enough that it might be hard to figure out who to pull the rubber mask off. Assuming of course the mask is rubber, since over the years as the movies and games have gone on, the mystery solving teens have to contend with more and more ghosts, ghouls and creatures of the night that are as real as real can get.
Players are tasked with trying to solve the mystery of the strange brew made by a weird girl in a swamp. The mystery leads them, and the crew, through a haunted Alpine village and a deserted ghost town, with real ghosts! Players will need to fight enemies, collect clues and work out secret messages in order to figure out what is really happening.
While it is a fun game to play, and it does hold to the standards of slightly goofy investigation that the television show set decades ago, Scooby Doo and The Spooky Swamp is most definitely a game that's meant for younger players. The rating officially says that this game is for ages ten and up, but much further past that first mark of double digits and players are going to quickly grow bored with the simplistic plot and fairly easy to master mechanics.
This isn't to say that Scooby Doo and The Spooky Swamp isn't a good game. From an objective standpoint it's well put together, it functions simply, and it holds up under the usual standards one would apply to a game. However, the game is also designed with a very specific, and fairly young, audience in mind. An easy rule of thumb is that if players have outgrown the title characters of the game, then chances are very good that the game itself won't pose much of a challenge to the players either. Definitely fun, but just not for grown ups who play on the Nintendo Wii.