PAX East Impressions: The Fancy Pants Adventures
The Fancy Pants Adventures is coming to XBLA and PSN! We broke news of this back in November, and this past weekend I had a chance to check out the game firsthand. To be honest, I’ve only put a small amount of time into the flash games (found here), but I pretty much knew the deal going into it. Run fast, run fancy, run up walls, jump when necessary, collect squiggles (read: coins, rings, bolts, etc), and get to point B as soon as possible. The controls are as fluid as ever and, once you get a hang of them, you’ll be zooming through levels with the confidence of a man wearing American Flag pants. The first thing I played was the story mode. I played with three other players in what was described as “co-ompetition.” We were working to get to the end of the stage, but also to end the stage with the most squiggles. This version of the game sees the introduction of weapons, which can be used in a variety of ways to smash squiggles out of unwitting friends/opponents. What’s cool is that TFPA supports hybrid couch/online co-op, so you and a friend can play with a couple of buddies across the way by using the power of the interwebs. The entire story mode is playable alone or with others, and I imagine either way holds its own allure.
One thing I noticed was the extensive number of unlockable items. From hats to weapons, all the way down to pants, there seems to be no end to the crazy articles you can outfit your fancy man with. One guy was playing with a battle axe and American Flag pants. Whenever he did the jumping spin attack the pants swirled in the air. It was a glorious site. Besides for the expansive levels that make up the story mode, there are a few different ways to play the game in a strictly competitive multiplayer setting. We played a few games of King of the Hill, and it was rather fun! The level designs really fit the style of fluid run-and-jump platforming and bashing your buddies for squiggles was a blast. The dev we talked to said there will be plans to iterate ranked matches and tournaments.
The game will include both of the original flash games as well as a new adventure, which is said to be longer than the first two episodes combined. No word on a price yet, but it will be out this spring. Fancy!
Finally, a game to answer the age-old question: Who, pray tell, adorns the fanciest of all pants?