|Title: Home Improvment
Rom Player: Zsnes
Reviewer: Bad Mr. Frosty
Synopsis: The rule for creating film and TV tie-ins, is (usually) to program a formulaic platform game. As a result, they all look and play much the same. It wouldn't surprise me if they were the same, just with slightly different graphics!
Home Improvement is no different. Based upon the (also formulaic) US sitcom, it is a platform game. Hurrah. Take control of Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor as he works his way across TV studios (oh, how original!) looking for his tools, armed with some other tools. See how many game clichés he comes across as the game progresses.
Collect items which you lose when hit (Sonic). You can swing across gaps on a rope-thing (Batman, Bionic Commando). In fact, almost every part of the game has been 'borrowed' from somewhere else. The graphics look like they've been stolen from Global Gladiators for a start.
This isn't all that is wrong with it, of course. Take the controls - they're a bit fiddly and the button layout isn't comfortable. The animation on Tim is quite good, but on everything else is crap. Collision detection is poor, which is completely unforgivable and is perhaps one of the main problems with the game.
Home Improvement is a prime example of a greedy company who can't be bothered with gameplay. And sadly, many other licensed games fall into the same category.
It would still be a nice addition to your SNES library though.
Best Cheats: A cheat for customizable controls would be nice.
Game Play: 3
Overall Rating: 6
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