Back in the 90's, I was one of the biggest Ren and Stimpy fans. Naturally, when I found out this game existed, I rented it and had way too much fun with it, though it wouldn't be until 1998 where I would buy a copy of this game at the nearest used videogame shop. As I got older, I decided to check out some other Ren and Stimpy games I initially missed out on, such as Fire Dogs and Buckaroo$, and I can safely conclude that of all the games based off this gross, surreal cartoon, Stimpy's Invention is the best out there.
The story for this game is that Stimpy makes a machine called the Mutate-O-Matic, which transforms garbage into food. However, when Stimpy turns it on, it malfunctions and explodes. Ren and Stimpy have to adventure to find all the parts, put the machine back together, and turn it off.
Stimpy's Invention is a platformer with some combat thrown in.
You can control either Ren or Stimpy, and easily switch between the two just by pausing the game and toggling between them. Ren and Stimpy have their own individual attacks, such as Ren striking enemies with a fly swatter and Stimpy using a towel. However, to master the levels, you'll have to use attacks and moves that utilize both characters. To make long jumps, when controlling Ren, you can squeeze Stimpy to make him fart, which propels the both of you really high into the air. With Stimpy, you can spin Ren's head and use him as a helicopter. There's even combo attacks, where Ren can make Stimpy hurl hairballs at enemies, and Stimpy uses Ren as a boomerang. While Ren and Stimpy are essentially equal in terms of combat and movement abilities, I preferred controlling Ren since he was my favorite character. However, in one level where you have to fly around a bird sanctuary by farting, I always switched to Stimpy because even though both characters had an unlimited amount of farts in this level, it just seemed more “right” to me by controlling Stimpy through the farting level. The combat and maneuvers perfectly match the gross and surreal nature of the cartoon.
If you fall into a bottomless pit and still have life in your lifebar, Powdered Toast Man will jump in and save you. However, if you exhaust all your life when you fall, you'll die.
You can collect items like money bags and spit-jars for points, but if you find jars of Powdered Toast, it'll recover some of your health.
The levels are designed quite well and show enough diversity. You venture through the neighborhood, the kitchen, refrigerator, the zoo, the city, dog pound, the woods, and even a surrealist scientific laboratory. Aside from the usual platforming and combat, there's a level where you fly around through farting in the air and in the end of the “city” level, you have to ride a bike through a dangerous street where the Dog Catcher is trying to harm you, along with Mr. Horse taking up space on the road and inadvertently bumping into you if you're not careful.
There's even a multiplayer option for the game, where you can get another player to control another character on one screen.
The art direction in this game is done really well. If you're a fan of the Ren and Stimpy show, you'll be glad to know that BlueSky Software matched the art direction of the game almost perfectly to that of the cartoon. Most of the levels are shaped after settings in the cartoon, especially with the dog pound.
The combatants are very faithful to the show's characters, since enemies are shaped after characters like the Space Cabbage (from the episode “Marooned”), the Kodiak Marmoset (from “The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen”), the deranged Fireman (from many episodes, but most notable in “Fire Dogs”), and wrestling brothers Lump and Loaf (from “Mad Dog Hoek”).
Sam Powell's music for the game matches the spirit and tone of the cartoon very well. Even with the 16-bit limitations of the Sega Genesis, the music and sound effects make this an unmistakeable Ren and Stimpy piece of media.
My only real complaints with this game is that it's a little too easy and too short. You can beat this game in about 25-30 minutes without much trouble.
Sadly, Ren and Stimpy: Stimpy's Invention hasn't been reissued in recent years, so if you want to play it, you'll have to track down a Sega Genesis copy of the game. If you're not a fan of Ren and Stimpy, you may find it to be an average game. However, if you're a fan of Ren and Stimpy, this will be a pretty big slab of platforming fun.
Being a huge Ren and Stimpy fan back in the 90's (still a big fan today), this was easily my favorite videogame based off the surreal and disgusting animated cat and dog duo. While other R&S games like Buckaroos! and The Firedogs made my teeth grind while progressing nowhere, Stimpy's Invention was fun to play and perfectly captured the atmosphere of the cartoon. My only complaint was that it was a little too short (I can beat this in about 25-30 minutes). If … more