Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures – Metacritic, you got it wrong!

Nintendo’s Gamecube was a strange system in that company’s history. Following up right after the now-classic Nintendo 64 and right before the groundbreaking release of the Wii, the Gamecube occupies a special place in Nintendo fanboy hearts even if it didn’t create a commercial stir like its siblings. That doesn’t mean the system didn’t have a lineup of stellar games.

As with all Nintendo projects, the Gamecube had some amazing games in spite of itself. One of those that you might have missed is Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures, a game based on the cartoon network series Ed, Edd n Eddy.

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All three Eddies bring something different to the table, and its their varying skills that you will need to use to solve puzzles and finish stages in the game. Sporting bright, colorful graphics reminiscent of the cartoon show, Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures looks like your typical platformer at heart but expands upon that concept in so many ways with unique puzzles that truly take advantage of each character’s unique abilities.

In addition, the three Eddies can team up for tag-team formations such as  “(Leaning-)Tower-of-Eddy” (as Eddy), “Trampol-Edd” (as Edd), and “Batter(ing)-Ed” (as Ed) to solve puzzles. In the singular form, each Eddie has skills as well: Ed can lift heavy object, Edd uses a slingshot to shoot distant targets, and and Eddy uses his El Mongo stink bomb to stun enemies.

There are eight levels in total (the game lovingly calls them scams) and each is filled to the brim with challenges. Derided upon release for its lackluster controls and so-so gameplay, Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures actually shines in the light of the modern day for its innovative use of new gameplay modes and its exploration of unique puzzle solving strategies.

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The player really has to make the most out of each Eddie’s talents, and this makes the game somewhat challenging. To complete it, you will need to learn how to effectively use these abilities in each stage, and this can be frustrating. Frustration combined with what was then termed a lackluster execution does not a good mixture make, but Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures keeps it light by offering just enough challenge mixed with just enough innovative, unique gameplay to keep veteran players satisfied.

Derided for its music and graphics, both are not only appropriate for the game but also inseparable from the game’s general vibe. Riffing off of the gross-out cartoons of the late 1990s, Ed, Edd n Eddy was popular in its time for presenting a cruder version a classic cartoon trope – the misguided trio.

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And misguided they are, but not without purpose. Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures shines when it embraces itself as a game and players will instantly love its straightforward yet difficult gameplay. Though not shown as much love as it could have received upon its initial release, Ed, Edd n Eddy: The Mis-Edventures is a great romp through the cartoon world of the three Eddies perfect for fans and newcomers alike.