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Fear Factor Unleashed - Game Boy Advance (2004)

by Nick Zverloff - April 29, 2012

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Fear Factor Unleashed in an unfocussed mess of mini games based on the once popular game show Fear Factor. For anyone unfamiliar with the show, Fear Factor has people doing nearly impossible stunts that play to their various fears (such as drowning, claustrophobia, or heights) to win money. There's always at least one gross out round that involves contestants doing something ridiculous like swimming in squid guts or eating live insects.

Unfortunately, Fear Factor translated into a terrible game. It's a minigame collection based on some of the stunts seen on the show. The games themselves have horrendous controls and all end instantly if you do not constantly attend to the "fear gauge" at the bottom of the screen with the shoulder buttons. When you start a file, you get to make your own character: you choose whether it's a male or female character, skin color, hair color, and costume color. None of these have any sort of effect on gameplay. After that, you get to tweak your character's statistics, which really doesn't mean very much except which minigames are going to have slightly worse controls than others. After you're done creating your character, the game chooses "your worst fear" for you via a roulette wheel - which basically means which minigames your character is going to suck at the most, to the point of them being close to unwinnable.

Once on the main menu you can choose to practice minigames or go into the main game mode. The main game emulates the feel of the game show almost religiously, which is not necessarily a good thing. Your character usually goes last, so you have to wait through all of the AI controlled players trying to complete a challenge. This is tedious, though fortunately you can skip these. When it's finally your turn, you're given the opportunity to not do the challenge and quit, if you're too afraid. This may work in real life, but in Fear Factor Unleashed (a videogame), it's just stupid. Who is going to be afraid of eating videogame bugs? Why would anyone be afraid of videogame heights? Sometimes the computer will chicken out, making things a little easier if you've playing to win.

While Fear Factor Unleashed is a horrible game that wastes your time in every conceivable way, it does have one (almost) redeeming feature. One of the minigames has your character tied to train tracks and trying to escape before a train runs them over. If your chosen character is a girl, you can laugh maniacally and twirl your (possibly imaginary) mustache like some kind of deranged Victorian villain! Mwahahaha!

Fear Factor Unleashed was going to be a downsized version of much larger PS2, X-Box, and PC game, but Hip Games, the company behind it, went out of business in 2006, before it could be finished. A beta version was completed, but it was never released.

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  • DC Studios

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