Parents' Guide to

Scooby-Doo! First Frights

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Scary mystery has bopping, bashing -- but, zoinks, it's fun.

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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Scooby Fan

My son is a huge Scooby Fan and was thrilled to receive this from Santa. This game can be a challenge for children who aren't "gamers". Prepare to help them do lots of jumping tasks, as even I as an adult had trouble crossing bridges, rocks, platforms. It's true in that there is a lot of fighting (something you don't really see on the television show), but it keeps the game moving. Overall, this is by far the best game we've played. And the only game we own that we have completed from start to finish. Differences aside, I recommend this hands down!

Is It Any Good?

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Fans of Scooby Doo will not be disappointed by the good, spooky fun to be had here. Despite the fact that the familiar characters have been made to look much younger, First Frights does a great job of keeping the spirit of its source material. There's a lot of humor (although, admittedly, the kind that makes a 7 year old laugh) and an equal amount of fright. However, it's disappointing that so much of the game is fighting-based. In addition to fighting, there's lots of exploration, clue-hunting, and puzzle-solving, all of which is enjoyable. Each episode also features a fast-paced chase scene in which characters simply have to stay ahead of the pursuing monster, jumping and dodging tons of obstacles in their paths.

After you've finished each episode, you can also go back to further explore those levels and find special items you might have missed, like costumes that give the characters extra powers (a sumo costume that lets Velma belly bomb bad guys, a space suit that equips Shaggy with a ray gun, etc.). These factors, as well as trophies you can win by completing specific challenges for each level (like finishing in under 20 minutes or finding 1,000 Scooby Snacks) add a ton of replay value.

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