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Save the poisoned planet! The menace of Dr. Arcane knows no boundaries he has recessed his deadly mutation serous in to the atmosphere, where it will form all living things hen to veils un-Man! Only Swamp Thing has the power forestage the environment, Travel to the frozen wastes of the Artic, the scorched plans of the distort and the poisoned rain for oats in your quest to okay arcana's tuck from the Wrath. But beware-the evil Doctor has scores at the men and mutated bests warding to destroy you, the last hope for a healthy world!
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Deep in the swamps of Louisiana, Dr. Alec Holland a Bio-chemist tries to restore and accelerate plant growth in the barren areas of the earth in an attempt to eliminate world hunger, but the evil scientist Dr. Anton Arcane had plans to use the formula's bio-restorative powers for himself to achieve immortality. Dr. Arcane plants a bomb in Holland's lab, steals the formula and the barn burns down... setting Holland's body on fire. When Holland throws himself into the nearby swamp, the formula in Holland's body interacts with the surrounding organic matter... and out pops Swamp Thing!
As the game begins Dr. Arcane realizes he didn't steal enough formula so he needs to capture Swamp Thing and unlock his secrets for world domination. Wow, I'm really impressed the game mentions the story in such detail! Dr. Deemo joins in as Dr. Arcane reveals he dispatched his mechanical minions to assist his ghostly comrades in their task to bring Swamp Thing to Dr. Arcane. Dr. Arcane transforms Dr. Deemo into a super being called the Un-Men.
With such a great story the gameplay has to be good too right? WRONG! Let's talk about level one. Right away you can see the play control is *very very* stiff and incredibly slow as you jump from one platform across the swamp to another avoiding demented butterflies, armadillos, jumping green piranhas, squiggly things raining from the sky, ghost knives launching from nowhere and squirting upward octopus. You can also ride alligator heads but... avoid sharp can lids floating in the swamp!
In the next portion you're on land jumping over eyeballs launching from square-headed statues, skeleton heads jumping up from bottomless pits, skeleton heads bouncing your way, crushing green skulls, bubbles shooting from voodoo jugs, bouncy slow snakes, a troll thing and skeletons rising from the ground. The cave section is nice and somber with its mood, but still dangerous. A cat meows before you run through a bed of flames. The music consists of fast-moving quiet beats. As someone who once feared skeletons, this stuff is enough to make me go crazy!
The graveyard consists of floating green ghosts appearing from behind trashcans, purple birds, statue heads jumping in the air... and shooting to the left later on catching everyone by surprise, lol. Enter a castle to face more floating green ghosts, dropping candle fire and bouncy green mini demons. Return to the graveyard to face the same statue-shooting enemies. In the next castle area, more dropping fire with platform jumps downward. The boss fight is a disappearing dinosaur who appears in different parts of the room. His goofy grin cracks me up!
Afterwards, cutscene from Dr. Arcane who says Dr. Deemo has failed him because Swamp Thing still walks free. Dr. Arcane now summons his next creation called weed killer to lure Swamp Thing to the confines of his chemical factory. Bring me Swamp Thing alive (in dramatic fashion!) or something to that effect. Too bad this factory ruins the game.
You start by avoiding water leaking form pipes, falling green slime balls, jumping on hilariously high pitched falling hook platforms, jumping over tiny fire pits, avoiding floating robots who shoot wrenches and avoid bouncy white balls. Yup that's a lot of stuff to do! Watch out for mosquitos that come out of tiny square windows. There's also electrical things on the floors. In the next section the white bouncy balls blast at super fast speeds and explode, slime shoots upwards now and mosquitos come out of bigger windows.
Platform jumping gets tricky near the end with the trickily placed hook platforms, the fire pits placed in all the worst spots, the bouncy white balls, the robotic floating machines that shoot even more wrenches and several electrical things falling from above. The boss fight is some kind of deformed Oscar the Grouch thing that floats around shooting several fireballs from his leg cannon. The music's better in this stage, but it's waaaaaaaaay overlong. This one level is half the game!
Oh right, that boss was called weed killer. I remember now! Geez this level's so long I forgot who the boss was by the time I got to it. Skin man is now made and transformed by Dr. Arcane to finish the job. It's a forest stage with flying green birds, folding blue traps, blue porcupines that walk around (they look so lazily tacked onto the stage it's funny to watch them walk!), bouncy blue platform enemies, a strange rotating pole that shoots fireballs. You're now in the dumpsite area dealing with poles that slam down (a series of these in a row- duck to avoid), a swift moving crab, a pink statue that shoots squiggles and falling blocks of chocolate.
In the next dumpsite area the music changes and you face blue porcupines, glowing puddles of radiation, bouncy green frogs, bouncy blue blocks, better equipped fireball shooting pole machines and diving butterflies. Back in the forest a flying oversized demon dropping bird eggs is your boss fight. "It has come to this" says Dr. Arcane. We've arrived to the final stage. It's Dr. Arcane's blue factory and you have to climb up it. Avoid ghostly electrical figures appearing from puddles and platforms, green hands from behind window bars, green balls of fire, fire appearing on platforms, falling flat bones, and perhaps the hardest one of all to avoid- a machine that shoots white laser beams downward (left and right). He shoots a lot giving you little time to prepare!
The boss fight is a series of blue platforms with fire appearing on top of them. The boss itself is a yellow ball floating around revealing electrical beams that indicates the location of the invisible boss. There's a pattern to this and it's actually enjoyable. This next part is a SPOILER pertaining to the ending- I LOVE when after you defeat the game the hilarious line "Finally the swamp is at peace again and all its beauty has been restored". At least two things funny about that line! I am no longer Alec Holland... I am... Swamp Thing!" is equally hilarious.
Stiff and slow play control, swarms of enemies appearing on screen at the same time reminiscent of Super Ghouls n Ghosts, and one level making up HALF the game pretty much puts Swamp Thing on the bottom of the trashcan. It's too bad because the storyline in the beginning, and the cutscenes in between about Dr. Arcane's attempt at stopping Swamp Thing with his creations are pretty good moments. Still, I don't hate this game as much as I should so I'll give it 3 stars.
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