Fusion Fall Launches

Cartoon Network’s Fusion Fall launched yesterday, the first MMO out this year, heading up the long list of games on our watch list.  The game is set in a world populated by “re-imagined” versions of Cartoon Network characters like Dexter, the Powerpuff Girls and the Kids Next Door who need your help in saving the world from the notorious Lord Fuse.  “Re-imagined” just means that they have matured a few years and have taken on a uniformly anime-ish look that’s guaranteed to appeal to the target tween crowd… and me!Although a retail box is available for $19.99, anyone can just go to the website,  register and start playing the game immediately. There is a huge free-to-play area but major features like open chat are only available if you pay a monthly subscription fee of $5.95, with family discounts available. The retail box version comes with some goodies and a 4-month subscription so it’ s worth the money if you’re thinking of buying or giving it as a gift.I spent a few minutes yesterday just poking around in the free-to-play area and the tutorial got me started off on a few missions. The controls were familiar enough but I’m not so sure how intuitive it will be for younger players. Since open chat is only available to subscribers, those who were there to give it a spin couldn’t even ask questions.  As a result, although there were several people running around, the place was eerily quiet.

I don’t know,  there are times when I get fed up with the incessantly stupid chatter in the WoW trade channel and just turn it off but in retrospect, it’s much better than total silence.  I also think it’s important for a new game – and specially if you’re giving people a free trial – to allow the newbs to ask newb questions. Other than that, I really have no complaints about the game and will certainly go back for a more in-depth look over the next few days.If you’re interested in knowing which Cartoon Network characters are in the game, here’s a list:

  • Dexter, Deedee, Mandark and Computress from Dexter’s Lab
  • the Powerpuff Girls, Professor Utonium,  Mojo Jojo, Him, Fuzzy Lumkins, Princess Morbucks, and the Mayor from Powerpuff Girls
  • Samurai Jack and the Scotsman from Samurai Jack
  • Ed, Edd and Eddy plus the Kanker sisters
  • Mac, Bloo, Wilt, Eduardo,  Coco and Frankie from Foster’s Home of Imaginary Friends
  • The Kids Next Door plus Stickybeard, Father and Toiletnator
  • Billy, Grim and Hoss Delgado from the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
  • the Tennysons from Ben 10 Alien Force plus Hex and Kevin
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog plus the chickens from outer space
  • Coop from Megas XLR

Comments

  1. And mandy? where is mandy? How can be a Billy without a Mandy? She could be a EPIC NPC

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