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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Fancy Pants Adventures is an arcade/platform game that revels in its silliness. The hero, Mr. Fancy Pants, learns that pirates have kidnapped his sister, Cutie Pants, and he must rescue her. She's never shown in any real danger, though, and there's minimal violence in the rescue.
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What's it about?
Players prompt Mr. Fancy Pants to run as fast as he can, using that momentum to scale walls (sometimes bouncing back and forth between them) and run upside down at times. The point of the scurrying is to gather \"squiggles,\" which can be redeemed for points, health bonuses, and extras such as \"weapons\" to fight pirates later in the game. Players will also meet enemies such as spiders, which they'll have to jump on to squash. Failing to do so will lower their health. Get hit too many times and you'll have to restart from the last checkpoint.
Is it any good?
Fancy Pants Adventures never takes itself too seriously -- and neither should players. The game is a good blend of arcade and platform fun wrapped loosely around a storyline that moves you from level to the next. The weak spots come in the game's controls, which aren't quite tight enough to let you perform many of the actions required to reach all of the achievements -- and the introduction of melee combat in the second half of the game seems unnecessary and slows the overall pace of the game down.
Still, for just $1, it's a no-brainer, if only for the smooth animations and the genuinely funny notes left by Cutie Pants.