South Park is one of the most influential and important shows of the past twenty years, and since the show's early days, several South Park video games have been released. The combination of crude humor and a young, gaming-focused fan base seem like a perfect match. Unfortunately, South Park: Tenorman's Revenge follows in the footsteps of such below-average titles as Chef's Luv Shack and South Park Rally.
For those unfamiliar with the character of Scott Tenorman... well, how can I put this kindly? The red-haired Tenorman is Cartman's half brother. In season five, Tenorman repeatedly teased and pulled pranks on Cartman. This infuriated the big-boned child so much that Cartman eventually killed Tenorman's parents and fed them to him as chili. So, let's just say the two aren't the best of friends.
As for the story for the video game, Tenorman has stolen Cartman's Xbox hard drive and all his games. Cartman, along with his usual buddies Stan, Kyle, and Kenny, embark on a time-traveling quest to get the hard drive back. What unfolds is a mediocre platforming quest through various levels inspired by the fictional town of South Park. You'll visit the future where Tenorman's army of gingers stand in your path. Platforming staples such as ladders, weapons that degrade over time, and hidden rooms all show up along the way.
The game doesn't do much that stands out. Characters can transform into their alter egos for certain tasks, such as Kenny becoming Mysterion, his super-hero persona who can't die. These transformations will help you get past some challenging sections of the game. Unfortunately, if you're playing by yourself, you can't swap characters on the fly. That's one of many negatives to going solo, along with the miniscule health bars. Tenorman's Revenge is definitely much more enjoyable with a group of up to four players taking control of each boy, either split-screen or online.
Were Tenorman's Revenge released without the South Park branding and style, it would likely be passed over and ignored. With the TV-MA humor and faithful design, the game is at least worth a look if you're a fan of the show. At $10 (800 Microsoft Points), it's not a huge investment and could make for a fun weekend romp with your buddies. But not even Butters wouldn't be jumping for joy over South Park: Tenorman's Revenge.
Review Score: 6.5/10
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