Do I make you horny? Do I, baby? Yeah!
Dr. Evil is once again up to . . . well, evil. He's kidnapped our shagadelic
friend and International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers, and is holding him hostage
in the Electric Psychedelic Pussycat Swingers Club. How Dr. Evil ever got past
the bouncer, we'll never know. Anyway, instead of killing Austin and destroying
the world, Dr. Evil has concocted a diabolical plan. As is the case with most
evil geniuses, his plan is overly elaborate and probably won't work in the end.
He has created a game show where the person who knows the most trivia wins.
For Austin, this means not only his freedom, but also the salvation of the Earth
(and all the shagalicious babes on it). For Dr. Evil, winning means not only
the destruction of his arch-enemy Austin Powers, but also the annihilation of
the Earth, which he'll watch from space aboard his Bob's Big Boy rocket with
his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth. Either way, the winner ends up with a pussy . . .
At its core,
Austin Powers Operation: Trivia is You Don't Know
Jack with an Austin Powers theme. Featuring some shagarific 60's graphics
and some downright naughty sound, Austin Powers Operation: Trivia should
make even the squarest of the square crack a smile.
Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to side with either Austin Powers
or Dr. Evil and decide the fate of the World. Mwahahahahahahahaha! Oh,
sorry . . . While the game looks good, the questions (the core of any trivia
game) are unfortunately a mixed bag of good and bad, significantly decreasing
the overall enjoyment of the game.
The graphics are hands down (but keep 'em where I can see 'em . . . cheeky monkey) the best part of the game. From the psychedelic backgrounds to the Laugh-In inspired animations in between the questions, you can tell that the designers are truly a bunch of swingers. They even throw in snippets of Dr. Evil doing the Macarena and Austin turning on his animal charm. Grrr, baby!
The sound is also fantastic. With background music you can shag to, Austin
Powers Operation: Trivia makes you want pull out your beanbag chair and
plug in the lava lamp (now if only I had a circular rotating bed . . .). The
voices are excellent, although not done by the actors in the movies. While some
of the sound clips are from Mike Myers, the majority of the voices (including
the host, Dr. Evil, and Austin Powers) are portrayed by Colin Mahan. Don't worry,
this Austin clone was hand picked by Mike Myers and is not one-eighth his size.
In fact, it took a while to realize that it wasn't Mike Myers himself. Colin
Mahan (besides being given the best first name in the known universe) does an
excellent Dr. Evil. I wonder if he had to shave his scrotum to do the part .
Any trivia game
is only as good as the questions it asks. This holds true for Austin Powers
Operation: Trivia. There are four types of questions in the game. "Need
the Info!" questions are your basic fill-in-the-blank questions. "Stop 'n' Go
Go!" questions give you seven answers of which you pick up to four. The more
you get right, the more money you get. But, if you get one wrong, you don't
even get a kiss goodnight. There are also "Keep Away" questions where you have
to keep the answers that fit your category and throw away answers that belong
to your opponent's category. Finally, the final question takes the form of the
"Crazy Chain," in which you have nine multiple-choice questions in rapid-fire
order. Does me describing this make you horny? Control yourself till the end
of the review, you minx!
While there are over 500 different questions, and only seven questions per
game, some of the questions will downright annoy most gamers. In the attempt
to promote the two Austin movies yet again (apparently it wasn't enough to have
an Austin themed game), a number of the trivia questions are Austin movie-specific.
With shameless self-promotion such as "What four outfits does Austin Powers
wear in International Man of Mystery?", you don't play trivia so much
as prove how much of an Austin Powers fan you are. Bummer.
In the end (oh, behave!), Austin Powers Operation: Trivia is a mixed
bag. While at some points it's more fun than a pair of cheerleader twins, other
times it just feels like you're watching a commercial for the Austin Powers
movies. If you're in the market for a trivia game, you're better off with You
Don't Know Jack. But, if you're a big Austin Powers fan, than this
game is perfect for you. Now, I'm off to fight crime . . . care for a ride in