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Sid & Al's Incredible Toons

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Name: Sid & Al's Incredible Toons
Year: 1993
Publisher: Sierra
Developer: Dynamix
Platform: PC
Genre: Puzzle
Total rating: 85.5% - rated 21 times
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Submitter: Res
Added: May 23 2004
Warez status: Abandonware

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Author: Bokkie
Date: Apr 30 2005 - 12:51
Score: 65 points
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Many, many years ago there was a crazy cartoonist/ inventor who created fantastic machines to accomplish simple tasks such as sharpening a pencil or catching rats. Many many years later a computer company released a little program called "The incredible machine" (TIM) that, similar to Rube Goldberg's creations, used a whole string of weird and wonderful items to achieve a simple goal, such as feeding the cat or firing a cannon. An alien conspiracy perhaps? Probably not, but one thing is for sure, both provided much entertainment for those present at the time.

After the success of TIM, Sierra looked at ways of developing this idea, of a machine made out of strange items working together, further and a couple of years later, Jeff Tunnell produced another gem. "Sid and Als Incredible Toon Machine", while not as well known as "The Incredible Machine", is by no means undeserving of the same attention that gets bestowed on it's predeccesor.

With Sid and Al, gameplay became even more fun than TIM. Instead of bland objects interacting with each other, you now had saturday morning cartoons erupting on your screen every time two items collided. There was now a whole cast of individual characters, each with their own uses. Sid the mouse, who'll do anything to annoy Al. Al E. Cat who'll eat Sid, given half a chance. Eunice the elephant, who hates Sid and loves peanuts. Bik the dragon, who gets really firey when disturbed, and a whole host of other characters.

And of course there are all the other items that cause a reaction. Give Al a hairball and he hurls it out. Give Sid bubblegum and he floats in the bubble. Hit Eunice with anything and she gives a blast of her trunk. Blow the lunch whistle and Sid and Al stop what they're doing and get out their lunchboxes. There are so many possibilities and this makes sure the gameplay is never boring.

There are about 100 puzzles to work your way through, with a good range of challenge from the ludicrously easy to the ludicrously difficult. Sometimes you might get it right the first time and other times you might spend hours postioning all the pieces over and over again trying to achieve the goal. Don't let the cartoony graphics fool you, it gets really tough as you reach the end. There are also bonus levels to unlock as a reward for finishing all the other levels so the motivation is there to keep trying. Gameplay is A++

Graphics and Sound
As stated already, graphics are done in a cute cartoon style. No more boring objects but everything, including the walls, now take on a fun style. And the animations are hilarious. You'll find yourself building custom machines just to watch the animations that occur when two objects meet. And because they are cartoons, you'll find plenty of cartoon ripoffs as well, like the piano on the head or an eraser being used to rub someone out.
The sounds are also brilliant. For example, shoot the gun and it doesn't just make a gun noise but actually says "Bang". Sid and Al are also full of cracks and comments, and overall sound effect add a great deal to the overall experience.

Music rounds out the overall cartoon effect with the same type of colourful music you'd expect Tom to chase Jerry to. Of course if you are stuck on a puzzle the music won't be a blessing to you as it loops over and over and over again so you will probably want to turn it off after a while. Nevertheless Sound and music do actually add something to the game

While TIM might get credit for the originality of the idea, Sid and Al definitely gets glory for perfecting it. Cute characters, fun sounds and a good challenge are some of the reasons why I think this game deserves to be loved and remembered.

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By Gurra991 - Jul 28 2009 - 19:11
This kinda reminds me of "Pettson och Findus"  -confused- maybe Sid and Al got ripped of by swedish programers  :D
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By Shif7 - Jul 31 2008 - 04:10
i used to play professor tim XD this uses sprites from that, i was dissapointed when it wasnt here :/ cause it was on my very very old windows 98 computer XD

i seriously miss it, hopefully this will suffice :3
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By Dgsige - May 09 2006 - 19:33
Is there any way to play this without dosbox? And can anyone sugest more games like this one?
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By Zeeke - Jan 17 2006 - 03:10
Sid and Al's Incredible Toons Rules :D I always played the demo version when i was a kid this game brings back good memories!! thanks for uploding it guys!!

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