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Space Channel 5

video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Space Channel 5 Publisher: Sega
Category: Puzzle
Platform: Dreamcast
ESRB Rating: Teen    Release Date: June 2000

Overall Rating: 3 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3 Stars out of 4

Space Channel 5 is better than Parappa the Rapper and Umjammy Lammy combined. Gone is the pretentious audio-visual excess of those titles; Channel 5 focuses more on character and story, delivering a humorous, leggy star, Ulala, who captures our attention in more ways than one.

Watching Ulala strut down the hall and then imitate alien dance moves is something akin to watching Monica Lewinsky pitch Jenny Craig. I can't explain why, but there's something slightly funny and slightly odd going on at the same time. You're not quite sure what to think, but you just shut up and go with it, like an interactive version of "Run Lola Run," only the running is replaced with strutting.

The game is very simple, and like Parappa, sometimes it doesn't seem to play fair, but on the whole it's much more enjoyable.

I couldn't stand the music in Umjammy Lammy. Parappa's music was groovy but not memorable. Space Channel 5 has music that is not annoying, never too pushy, and always entertaining.

The game even includes Space Michael, a moon-walking Michael Jackson character. Now there's something weird enough to give you an incentive to play!

While I can't imagine paying $39.95 for this type of experience, girls may disagree. One game only lasts about a half-hour, but I think that decision was smart. A longer game would just drag on.

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