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Hilarious Incredible Machine-style fun
If you've ever experienced the delights of the Incredible Machine series of abstract puzzlers, then Incredible Toons will be very familiar to you and it provides many of the same joys, albeit in a more cartoon-like fashion. The concept is basically the same as the Incredible Machine, with the player required to create numerous insane devices using a variety of ordinary (and not so ordinary objects). The main difference here is that this game is less realistic that the Incredible Machines, and is more akin to those classic Warner Bros cartoons with their copious amounts of animated violence. The stars of the show here are Sid and Al, a cat and mouse duo very much in the mould of Tom and Jerry, and whose task is to complete the various machines they are presented with in the most humorous way possible. The puzzles include an almost endless array of options and solutions, thanks to the wide variety of objects on display here and which include hairdryers, scissors, catapults and bombs, all of which must be used in an inventive manner in order to move on to the next level. While this is undeniably similar to the Incredible Machine, the move away from pseudo-realism towards cartoon-ish violence is an inspired one, with Sid, Al and other assorted characters proving immensely appealing through their hilarious antics. While the graphics might be simple, the characters themselves are charming and well animated in true cartoon style and lend the game a lot of personality. The puzzles are nicely varied and encourage experimentation, while the humour is a much appreciated addition and makes this a thoroughly entertaining slice of puzzle fun.
Incredible Machine like but less serious
Sid & Al's Incredible Toons asks you to solve a number of puzzles in which placing the right item at the right place will set in motion a chain of events in the style of a Goldberg machine, the style used mainly by the construction set type game The Incredible Machine. However, where The Incredible Machine had a more coherent internal logic, Sid & Al's Incredible Toons plays more with set pieces where you only have a single winning strategy. This however works perfectly because the game also uses a lot of platforming elements, rather than being a solely construction oriented game. Graphically, the game is 100 percent cartoonish, and it will be hard to keep a straight face at some of the graphics and at some of the challenges the game presents to you in these clothes. In terms of variety, there is definitely some to speak of, but, mainly, the game will ask of you to determine the right sequence of events, while item placement may at times feel a little too trial and error. But, soon enough you will settle in a groove that will prove conducive to a fun experience.