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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 23, 2001

The Bouncer

SYSTEM: PlayStation 2

MAKER: SquareSoft

PRICE: $49.99

The Bouncer really is just a brawler in which players beat down ruffian after ruffian. But its many story scenes make it feel like a movie. SquareSoft fans should definitely check it out.

Grade: B

Army Men: Sarge's Heroes 2

SYSTEM: PlayStation 2


PRICE: $49.99

Sarge's Heroes is cuter than the other Army Men games, in that players battle inside a house on oversize tables and such. Unfortunately, this one inherits the repetitive action of the other Army Men games.

Grade: D+

Speed Devils Online

SYSTEM: Dreamcast

MAKER: UbiSoft

PRICE: $49.99

Speed Devils separates itself from other racers with unique race conditions, such as during a tornado, and an online option. Outside of the weird conditions, however, the races don't offer that much excitement.

Grade: C+

SpongeBob SquarePants: Legend of the Lost Spatula

SYSTEM: Game Boy Color


PRICE: $29.99

These Nickelodeon cartoons just keep getting weirder. I mean, what happened to Rugrats? For kids interested in this series, SpongeBob offers a lot of search-and-find activities. The littlest players may have trouble getting SpongeBob to hit his mark on jumps.

Grade: C+

Warriors of Might and Magic

SYSTEM: PlayStation 2


PRICE: $49.99

I was surprised with how nice Warriors looked. Usually 3DO games aren't known for their visual excellence, but Warriors is full of cool creatures and beautifully lit caverns. Too bad the action is more repetitive than a broken record.

Grade: C-

T.J. Lavin's Ultimate BMX

SYSTEM: PlayStation

MAKER: THQ Ultimate

PRICE: $39.99

BMX is a game that has been done many times before, starting with Tony Hawk. Perform tricks and clear objectives, one level after another. At least the controls don't hinder this one.

Grade: C+

- Robb Guido is an avid gamer who lives in Tampa.

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