Brady Bunch Kung Fu
"How come Marsha keeps kicking my ass? MARSHA MARSHA MARSHA!"
How does someone approach the cornballness that is the Brady Bunch? When the modern day movie and its sequel hit theatres, did people walk in expecting some kind of dramatic reprieval? Of course not, they expected off-the-wall, goofy 70's style humor. And they got it. And the TV show...well, it's the Brady Bunch. You'll find morals but you'll also find situations like Marsha getting her nose crunched by a football and Jan's destruction of a family portrait. OH NO! Ground her ass. No, then again, just have Dad tell her the rights and wrongs with his afro hair. Atta boy!
Anyway, we now have a Brady Bunch game. But before you groan collectively and decide immediately on not going with a purchase, hang on a second. This isn't just some stupid knock-off to try and get people to sing "Keep On Movin'" with their cell phones (and if they do, everyone has permission to run them over). No, this is a fighting game. Yes, a Brady Bunch fighting game. It's like, "I'm really sick of Marsha, I wish I could just smack her in the face with more than a football." Now you have your chance with Brady Bunch Kung Fu, a whacked out game that's in a league of its own.
As you might guess from the title, the game lets you choose from a number of different characters from the Brady Bunch TV show, including such mainstays as Alice or Sam the Butcher and then have it out. (Oddly enough, the dad isn't playable- he must be off on Gilligan's Island trying to get with Ginger, I guess.) Each character brings some sort of whacked-out 70's tool with them as their fighting technique, and it really implements well into the game. My personal favorite has to be Peter, who wallows around in a UFO with a big fist that he uses to pummel the likes of Mom and Dad. Oh, joy! Maybe if he had a deeper voice he could really kick some ass. (By the way, I guess I should shut up- the guy who played that kid is marrying Adrienne Curry soon. Damn.) This adds plentifully to the humor in the game.
But the controls are no joke. In fact, the fighting controls are set up rather nicely for the phone pad at hand, and moves are rather easy to pull off. If you come in expecting a King of Fighters clone, you might be a little disappointed, but if you just look forward to a fresh slapfest with the occasional special maneuver thrown in, you will have the time of your life here. The graphics are plenty colorful, filled with animations that look like something out of a twisted Japanese brawler. Gotta love the backdrops, too, like in front of the Brady household, complete with astroturf lawn (Can I get that in bulk?) The sound's alright, too, although there's no sign of the original theme song or voice samples. C'mon, isn't Jan's whining a weapon in itself? Carol would want to go and kick her ass just for spite!
The game's AI could've used a little better balancing, and, really, this may be too kooky a game for some to bear, especially if the words Brady or Bunch make you want to kill the nearest sibling in your vicinity. But Brady Bunch Kung Fu is still a remarkably fresh and original game that's loads of fun to play and a hoot to watch. I fully recommend a download, if only to watch Alice hold her own. Wow, I guess the Bradys should've taken her cooking more seriously, huh? TOO LATE NOW! MUHAHAHA!! Fear the wrath of...Alice. No, really, fear it.
What's Hot: Completely original and utterly hilarious; plays very well
What's Not: A bit too easy; lacks the Brady theme song or voice samples