I saw that Family Guy Time Warped by Glu was getting some decent hype on iTunes so I thought I’d give it a go. If you’re thinking about this game keep this in mind. It’s well worth the $1 price tag, but that’s mostly due to the fact that it’s loaded with clips from the show. I’m not sure $1 for just the game would be worth it.
I’m a big Family Guy fan, so I thought I try out the Time Warped game by Glu. I was going to play the original Family Guy game, but when I started researching I saw Time Warped was getting some good reviews and had made iTunes top 10. Well, after playing for a couple hours I would have to say I regret my decision. One of the first things you read about this game on iTunes was, “What the deuce...?”. I know what you’re thinking, sure that’s one of Stewie’s catch phrases, but what I think they meant on a subconscious level, was someone just dropped a deuce and the result was this game. Ok, maybe that's a bit harsh, but I was hoping for more from the Family Guy gene pool.
Here's the skinny. Stewie finds out he was almost put up for adoption and decides he's going to go back in time to convince Lois that she should go for it and send him to the nunnery. He's all ready to jump into his time machine when Peter ruins everything. Then Brian breaks the machine and Stewie and Brian get sent into a time tunnel. That's where you start playing. You move through the levels as either Stewie or Brian and your actions are limited to jump, attack, and punch. Moving through different levels or hitting new achievements can gain you access to clips from the show, which is nice. There are different thugs, depending on the era you're in, and time travel police trying to stop you. Stewie can do a double jump and Brian has the fruitiest move with the jump glide. All in all, a lack lustre combination of gaming features does not leave you trembling with excitement. There is no question the best feature in this game is the show clips.
The graphics are solid, basically mirroring the animation from the show. The different levels are visually interesting, but are not enough for me to get past the depressing game play. You can pretty well complete a level in the same time, maybe less, it takes to load the next level and watch the intermission content. There’s quite a production everything you go from one level to the next. You can always choose to skip the game’s explanation of what’s happening, but I sat through it. If I wasn’t reviewing the game I would have skipped most of this, but I was hoping to for a little more humour here. Sound was ok. The character voices are the same, but other than that there really isn’t much to report on sound effects. The time police’s flying robots make a cool noise....I guess. Lacking again was the challenge expected from boss fights. They were all really pretty simple to defeat, which was disappointing.
I would not recommend this game for most. Unless you’re completely obsessed with Family Guy, you will likely be disappointed. No doubt, I enjoyed the clips (have I mentioned the clips yet?), but it would have been substantially easier to download them and just watch the entire show, plus much more enjoyable. I can only give this one 2 out of 5. It would have gotten 1, but the cloning clip with Brian and Stewie clones is funny shit.