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Snoopy vs. the Red Baron rocks

Posted by David Leslie on December 31, 2006

Santa also brought a copy of Snoopy vs. the Red Baron for the PC which has become a minor family obsession.

Now I need to cop to the fact that Peanuts is my all time favorite comic and Snoopy’s tales of the Red Baron fueled my love of WWI aviation. So when word got out that this game was coming out, I knew that if it would boot, I’d buy it.

That said, the game plays much like Xbox’s Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge (I’m waiting for a Crimson Skies 3 to come out before I get a 360), a game that is near and dear to my heart. So close that I was tempted to calls this Snoopy meets Crimson Skies. The focus is not so much on the flying but on the gameplay. Not to say this game is easy. It’s got some very nice level designs along with a lack of an ingame save. It’s also a bit short with just 4 maps that are also used for multiplayer. The game takes place within a book that Snoopy has written starring the gang as the aliided army in a war against the Red Baron. So rather than fly in the doghouse, Snoopy flys the Sopwith Camel. Don’t worry, the Red Baron’s pilots always bail out and he uses alot of robots so no one really ‘dies’. However I’ve got to say that when I played the training level I was so happy to see that you get to fly the doghouse around the neighborhood.I just wished you could fly the doghouse in multiplayer.

Now for the family obsession part. My 3 year old is playing it, my wife who is not a big gamer is playing it. My brother and sister in law were playing it while I was finishing Christmas dinner. I just wish the Xbox version hadn’t been canceled since the PC version does not have the an air race or co-op mode. To get around this, my in-laws are picking up a copy for their PS2 and bringing it over so we can play at new years.

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2 Responses to “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron rocks”

  1. Charlie said

    Hi – I just got Snoopy vs Red Baron and my Xbox 360 Controller isn’t recognized. I’m using the wireless model with the dongle. Any suggestions?

  2. David said

    Hey Charlie,

    I’ve got the wired version of the controller but from what I understand their pretty much the same in terms of the driver.

    First, check to make sure that your 360 controller is setup in the control pannel.

    Next check Windows Update to make sure you have the current 360 driver installed (it was updated just a few weeks ago).

    Also make sure you have the DirectX 9c drivers installed.

    With these two installed, your 360 circle should have the ‘glow’ in the upper left corner.

    Let me know if your still having problems.

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