A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Sticking up for what's right, for others, at great risk to your own personal safety. Although noble, law is broken, bent in that pursuit repeatedly.
Positive Role Models
Ben does some heroic things, tries to save a company, clear his name, but his methods are questionable, he's still an outlaw.
Ease of Play
Short game, with only a few frustrating puzzles.
Violence & Scariness
Road rage, murder, torture all shown but range from cartoony to camera cutting away just as things are about to get particularly grisly, bloody.
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Most profanity is in commentary; words like "a--hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Player hangs out in bars, talks to other people drinking beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Full Throttle Remastered is an downloadable version of the 1995 game with updated graphics and sound, improved controls, and developer commentary featuring the game's original creators. Although you play as a big tough biker, the game still centers on solving puzzles and occasionally some vehicular violence. Also, while there are moments of road rage, torture, and murder, the camera moves away before bloody content is shown, and the cartoonish visuals limit the impact. Some scenes take place in a bar, with patrons drinking beer, and there's some profanity, mainly in the newly added commentary.
Is It Any Good?
This adventure game is fun to play, but many of the same issues from the original release are present in the remastered version. Full Throttle was always one of the odder and more intriguing outings for LucasArts. This faithful rerelease two decades later doesn't change that, and players new to the game won't have nostalgia to potentially cloud some of the game's clunkier aspects. A few of the puzzles seem designed to make people call hint lines or seek out hint books, and indeed, in the commentary, some of the creators apologize for the needlessly coy puzzles. The game's later sections that attempt to inject some action into the flow -- road rage brawls, a demolition derby -- still feel as undercooked today as they did 20 years ago.
None of that should prevent people from trying it. It's an atypical take on a seemingly "tough" world -- you play a 200-pound biker who walks around solving puzzles. Also, 20 years later, it's hard not to feel that the game is shorter than it deserves to be. That's a subjective complaint, but one frequently levied one against this game. It's perfectly suited for pick-up/put-down play on a handheld, but it's unusual to be able to finish an adventure game in a weekend if you're really determined. Indeed, in the commentary, the developers confess that "too much" was taken out of the game. But as it stands, what's here is worth seeing and trying.
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