Noddy and the Birthday Party

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Noddy and the Birthday Party
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"Noddy has run out of energy and fallen asleep." - What happens when you run out of lives.
Protagonist: Noddy
Genre: Platform game
Platforms: Game Boy Color
Release Date: 31 December 2000
Developer: Tiertex Design Studios
Publisher: BBC Multimedia
Franchise: Noddy

Noddy and the Birthday Party is a children's video game released only in Europe for the Game Boy Color in 2000. It was developed by Tiertex Design Studios and published by BBC Multimedia. The game is based on the character Noddy by Enid Blyton, as well as the fictional universe in which he resides. The focus of the plot and gameplay is the preparation of the character Big-Ears' upcoming birthday party. The game has received mixed to negative reviews from critics. This game was also based on the children's show Noddy's Toyland Adventures.

Plot

In the game's plot, Big-Ears has an upcoming birthday party. Levels are selected on an overworld map, where Noddy drives his car to any of various locations in Toyland, the setting of the Noddy universe. In each level, the player must help Noddy find all of a series of seven items (which change throughout each level), which will be useful for the setup of the party. After each level is completed, the player gains sixpences, which add up to an amount of 36 by the end of the game, to contribute to funds for the birthday cake. There are a total of ten levels, eight of which are platformer levels, and two of which are autoscrolling minigames.

Why It Sucks

  1. Bad graphics and sprites. Noddy's sprite looks even cringier as his eyes look like they're bleeding.
  2. Poor enemy choices. Noddy's companions are enemies.
  3. When you select hard mode, Mr Plod is an enemy who's hard to jump over because of his height. He's also one of the individuals Noddy has to help, which makes no sense.
  4. Repetitive music which gets annoying quickly.
  5. Noddy does a cringeworthy dance when you complete a level, proving he's trying to be hip and cool.
  6. Graphical glitches, like Mr Plod's cheeks turning green.
  7. Mediocre level design. Some of the levels are too confusing for young children.
  8. Horrendous jumping and platforming physics.
  9. The enemies behave in predictable manners.
  10. The movement animation is slow and cheesy.
  11. Paper thin plot: Noddy has to go to Big Ears' birthday party, then all of his friends lose their items that they need to help set up the party and Noddy has to find all the lost items in each level so that he would earn 4 sixpences after completing each level.
  12. Silly knockout animation showing Noddy falling asleep.
  13. Awkward collision detection. No matter how far you jump, you can still collide into an enemy.
  14. When you try to go to an incomplete level after a level you have to do, you have to drive all the way back to the level you have to complete along the same path, without reversing.

Redeeming Quality

  1. An 8-bit version of the theme song plays before you press start.

Reception

Noddy and the Birthday Party has received mixed to negative reviews from critics. GameFAQs gave the game a rating of 3.14 out of 5. Several YouTube video game critics have greatly criticized the game for its music, physics, level design, and graphics.

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