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Platform

DS

 

Genre

Music Rhythm

 

Publisher

Eidos

 

Developer

Amaze

 

ESRB

E (Everyone)

 

Released

May 29, 2008

 

 

- A good tribute to the classic Looney Tunes cartoons

- Easy enough for casual players to get into

 

 

- Elite Beat fans will have a very hard time re-wiring their brains to not tap

- Cartoon portions on the upper screen are little more than a distraction, when it should have been a replication of the original cartoon

 

 

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Looney Tunes: Cartoon Conductor

Score: 7.5 / 10

 

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Looney Tunes: Cartoon Conductor - or more accurately, Elite Beat: Looney Tunes - lifts its entire gameplay premise from the champion of music rhythm games on the DS, Elite Beat Agents, a game which tasked players "to tap and draw the stylus across the touchscreen in beat with the music and as indicated by the onscreen cues."  The same can be said of Cartoon Conductor, though with much less tapping.  To mimic the "conducting" part of the game players need to keep the

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stylus on the screen and draw lines between groups of notes, crossing each one more or less in time with the classical music on which so many of the original Looney Tunes cartoons featured.

 

There are more than 15 symphonic pieces to play through as 3D renderings of the Looney Tunes run around on the upper screen, merely serving as a distraction, but still bringing a little bit of nostalgia to the whole thing.

 

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The biggest hurdle that I had - having put many, many hours into Elite Beat Agents - is wrapping my brain around not lifting the stylus from the screen.  I had to fight my urge to just start tapping, which is my own conditioned problem.  My research was not exhaustive - I tested a pool of exactly one person - in the hands of someone not brainwashed by the frantic tapping of Elite Beat Agents, the game is much easier to grasp, and it can be fun.  It also helps that the all-Classical soundtrack is a good one; there's a reason these songs have been around for so long.  They can be listened to many, many times without seeming stale.

 

- Aaron Simmer

(September 9, 2008)

 

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