Futurama (video game)
|Written by||J. Stewart Burns|
|Directed by||David X. Cohen|
|Release date(s)||(EU) 1 August, 2003|
(US) 14 August, 2003
|Platform(s)||Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube (Cancelled except in Europe)|
|Estimated playtime||10 hours|
Futurama is the name of the only video game created around Futurama. The game was developed by UDS and released 1 August, 2003 in Europe and 14 August, 2003 in North America for the Xbox and PlayStation 2. Since it uses the same name as the show without a subtitle, it is commonly refered to as the game. In the UK the game was actively marketed on television as "Futurama: The Game" in advertisements on satellite network Sky One.
 The Story
 Act I: Fry
At Planet Express, Fry, Leela and Bender learn from the Professor (who's wearing a sombrero) that he's sold the company to Mom. Immediately after this, a report comes on the news saying that she is now the majority shareholder, and ruler, of Earth. Mom claims everyone as slaves and sets a curfew so the crew decide to escape. Unfortunately the ship is severely damaged, with unknown reason, and needs repairs. While everyone else does something important, Fry is instructed to find a hammer. Fry dies getting the hammer but is brought back with the Professor's new invention, the Reanimator (which looks like a giant toaster). Fry keeps the hammer (for a weapon), which the Professor didn't need, and heads off to find the tools that are needed. After the repairs are done, it turns out that the backup dark matter engine is needed, but was pawned. Fry is given a gun and sent via the sewers (to avoid the Hoverbot Death Troopers) then works his way through Old New York, the Red Light District and New New York (with a chicken walker to fight off the Death Troopers) to Rook Takes Pawnshop.
- Fry's gameplay levels:
 Act II: Bender
Fry returns with the engine and they install it, the four escape, taking the Reanimator with them. Mom converts the planet into a spaceship in order to take over the universe and is annoyed to hear that the Planet Express crew is escaping. She then proceeds to try to hunt them down, but the Earth's engines aren't powerful enough. At Sal's Salvage on an asteroid, Sal informs them that the only kind of engine that will move the Earth is a dark matter engine ("and a big ones at thats"), and she'll need the Professor to get it. The Professor informs Bender that he's now a playable character and the ship gets caught. Sal has helped out Mom by trapping the Planet Express ship in a suck beam. Bender abandons ship, in full view of Mom and her sons, then dies on impact with the asteroid and is brought back by the Reanimator, which falls on his disassembled body. He then agrees to rescue the others in exchange for a box of magazines with fembot centre folds.
On his way to rescue the crew Bender has to evade Igner in a turret, machinery activated by Larry and finally win in battle against Walt, who's in a tank. Bender deactivates the beam, boards the ship, and they escape.
- Bender's gameplay levels:
- Weasel Canyon
- Run, Bender, Run
- The Mine Facility
- Red Rock Creek
- The Junkyard
- Rumble in the Junkyard
 Act III: Leela
The Professor says that he's not skilled enough to invent something to save the day; they'll have to visit his mentor and former graduate advisor Adoy, who lives on Bogad in the furthest corner of the universe. They don't have enough fuel, so Leela, who's now playable, is asked to get some. Mom catches them because she wants blueprints for the dark matter engine. They only exist in the Professor's head so she takes that, in a jar, and sends the ship hurtling towards the Sun. The ship crash-lands near Sun City. Ra-Ra the Sun King offers them dark matter in exchange for protecting his people from the Sun God and his army. Fry and Bender wait at the ship.
Leela sets up magic crystal, which severely injures the Sun God. He admits to being an "ordinary eternal omniscient super intelligent being" and explains that making robots from bones is more evil, then laughs so hard he falls into the Sun's molten surface and dies. Leela escapes the sinking temple. Villagers exit buildings and Leela returns to the ship. Ra-Ra rewards them with fuel and asks them to celebrate with him at the temple, which burns up in the background. The crew leave before he can notice.
- Leela's gameplay levels:
- Market Square
- Left Wing
- Right Wing
- Temple Courtyard
- Inner Temple
 Act IV: Zoidberg
Mom has hooked the Professor into the Earth's engines. She starts flying the ship around destroying other planets. The crew land on Bogad, quite literally in the corner of the universe. They meet up with Dr Zoidberg, who is making a cameo. He misidentifies a nearby animal as a horse and gets on. The crew talk to Adoy who tell them that his latest invention, the Time Tunneller, will get them back to before Mom became unstoppable. The hand crank on the machine will only turn the universe back two minutes, if turned for two minutes, so Zoidberg is sent off to find the generator.
Zoidberg reaches the generator and turns it on. Adoy sets up the Time Tunneller and the crew head back in time to Earth. Zoidberg is left behind.
- Zoidberg's gameplay level:
- Bogad Swamp Trail
 Act V: Mom
Leela crash-lands the severely damaged ship in the Planet Express building. They quickly fulfil a time paradox by leaving the bad ship behind and taking the good ship to stop the Professor from selling the company. They crash the ship through the window of Mom's Headquarters just as the Professor is about to sign. The Reanimator falls from the wreckage and all three are regenerated. Fry warns the Professor. Mom tricks them into standing where she can trap them. They each have to try to escape from Destructor, with several gun upgrades, as he enters target practice mode.
Fry finds a gun and soon after enters battle against Destructor. Fry wins and heads down to meet the other two. Mom’s sons are cleaning up. Igner breaks the Reanimator, which falls on Destructor's body knocking it onto the crew, killing them permanently. The Professor refuses to sell the company, but then Mom offers him a sombrero... The game ends when the scene at the beginning starts over. In other words, "here we go again".
- Mom's gameplay levels:
- Bender's Breakout (Bender)
- Leela's Last Laugh (Leela)
- Fry Fights Back (Fry)
In general, the game received weak responses, citing issues as lack of something exceptional in gameplay, but having hilarious cutscenes., though Wired described the cutscenes as "side splitting".
 Additional Info
- It is among the few one-word titled media.
- In the options menu, Billy West provides audio for SFX Volume and Speech Volume testing.
- In the former, Fry produces the effects, in the latter, Fry, Professor Farnsworth and Zapp Brannigan test the microphones.
- Both Scruffy and Hermes are seen sleeping on the job (actually Hermes isn't sleeping, he is being controlled by a brain slug).
- Terry's "Welcome to the world of tomorrow!" features in the intro remix.
- This music and other pieces in the game are later reused in the soundtrack of Bender's Big Score.
- The four types of mutant seen in this game are how they were expected to be in 2ACV01, there is no sign of intelligence and minimal, if any, humanity.
- Leela's parents' house appears to be in Old New York.
- Bender's birthstone is Robobium.
- False Sun God
- Fry (four times, one permanent)
- Bender (three times, one permanent)
- Leela (two times, one permanent)
- Pawnbroker (edited into "The Lost Adventure" version only)
- Due to the episode's nature, it is best viewed as an "Anthology of Interest" (2ACV16, 3ACV18), which would make it non-canon.
- The characters occasionally break the fourth wall, mentioning "playable characters" or just the fact that this is a game.
- Maurice LaMarche voiced all three bosses.
- Nibblonian shadows can be seen on the three chairs in the market square near on the opposite side of the main gate to the reanimator. Other shadows can also be seen throughout Sun City.
- Two of the audio clips found at The Futurama Madhouse are not found in the game itself, and are instead extracted from the disc.
- Game cutscenes are the first 16:9 Futurama production.
Farnsworth: Good news everyone, I've sold Planet Express to Mom.
Morbo: At the risk of editorialising, this reporter applauds the demise of the pathetic human species.
Fry: Wow! I had my first kiss in a subway car just like that one. Hm homeless people.
Fry: Ah, Old New York. Over there is where I first got mugged.' [muttering] 'Homeless people.
Bender: Farewell, big blue ball of idiots!
Sal: Don't worries, I've gots an idea, I mean, an ideas.
Bender: I sure am lucky that rock tower just happened to be there.
Igner: If you see Mommy tell her I killed you!
Walt: Cursed robot! You haven't seen the last of me! Unless you die before I see you again, in which case you haaaaave!
Farnsworth: The worst part is the phantom haemorrhoids.
Fry: I can't imagine what kind of disgusting foul creatures we'll find here.
Adoy: Terrible. Terrible! Terrible! But there's nothing we can do about it now. So it’s a good thing you came to me!
Zoidberg: Hooray, I'm the hero!
Fry & Bender: Hooray, we don't have to do anything!
Zoidberg: Killed, eh? I'm no doctor, but that sounds painful.
Adoy: Goodbye heroes! I'll never forget you, whoever you were!
Farnsworth: Did I do something funny?
Mom: No, I'm sorry; I should save my evil laugh 'til after you sign.
Fry: Oh no! The reanimator!
Leela: Bummer! We'll have to be careful not to die from now on.
Bender: You had to say that. [Destructor falls on them.]
Farnsworth: Damn it Mom! No one kills my crew except for me! You're going down.
Mom: Oh please! You wouldn't hit a lady!
Farnsworth: I suppose you're right. Though I would do this! Hoyyaa!
Mom: You broke my hip!
Farnsworth: I don't care.
 Inside References
- The Professor cites the fact that the crew never charges anyone as a reason for selling the company.
- Employee locker contents (left to right):
- Amy - a photo of the professional beach bully from 1ACV12, clothes and perfume/deodorant.
- Fry - a photo of Leela, Zero-G Juggs magazine and food scraps, containers and stains.
- Hermes - a caged Nibbler (in the game Nibblers are collected to unlock extras).
- Bender - cash, a photo of Calculon, a woman’s shoe, a purse, circuit diagrams, stack of Fembot magazines, some mechanical nuts, keg of beer and a gold violin.
- Leela - security pass for the building and some boots.
- Professor - photo of Mom, photo of Cubert, Death Clock and Fing-longer.
- Zoidberg - Planet of the Clams poster, human skeleton and human arm (probably a reference to Fry's briefly severed arm).
- Mom finally gets her "Mother's Day" wish.
- Two of the items Fry collects are The Captain's Handbook and Zoidberg's pogo stick.
- In the sewers, signs warn not to feed the crocs.
- Bender mentions his gold tooth (2ACV07)
- Bender's first person view is like the one shown in "Mother's Day".
- The path created by the Time Tunneller looks much the same as the one in "Roswell that Ends Well".
- Both episodes also feature Zoidberg saying "the crowd goes wild", then imitating the crowd.
- Leela remarked that her health restore item (a jar of pills) was better than steroids; she had to have mandatory steroid injections during her time as a professional Blernsball player.
 Outside References
- In the end of Act I, the Chicken Walker is a reference to the AT-ST Star Wars.
- The initial meeting with Adoy on Bogad is a reference to a similar scene in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back when Luke Skywalker meets Yoda on Dagobah.
- Additionally, the character and planet names in the game are the Star Wars names backwards.
- In Act II a flying saucer contains one of Elvis Presley's costumes and a spacesuit with a helmet that is shaped like his hair.
- Ra-Ra the Sun King's name is based on Ra, the Egyptian sun god, though his clothing is Mayan (People of the sun)
The game is an Action/Platformer which includes many typical elements of platformers including platforming, puzzle solving and enemy combat.
- At one point the Planet Express hangar is large enough to house two ships.
The only real problems are associated with the invincibility cheat:
- Using a Suicide Booth with the invincibility cheat turned on removes the Fry character model from the screen but doesn't kill you.
- When playing as Fry in the sewers level it is possible to freeze your console by using the invincibility cheat, then getting caught by the tentacle mutant. At this point the game can be unfrozen by typing in the invincibility cheat again to deactivate it and allow Fry to die.
While these cheats should be unnecessary, you can try this yourself with the following codes:
- Xbox version - Hold L, press A. Hold R, press X, Y. Release R, press A. Hold R, press X, Y, B, A, Black, Y, Back, release L. (other cheats)
- PS2 version - Hold L1 and L2, press down, □, Δ, down, □, Δ, O, X, R2, Δ, select. (other cheats)
 Tips and Tricks
- The items in the Planet Express level are indicated on this floorplan.
- When in the sewers get fairly close to the pipe tentacles, shoot and then run through. You get about three seconds to run past. In area 8 you have to shoot the tentacles and jump past.
- The subway has club troopers that have spiked clubs. So press R1 to lock on, shoot, if they get too close start to back up.
- During the fight against Destructor, when a mosquito missile comes out of his red swirled hatch wait until it opens again and hold down square and release it to shoot a power blast, use it about 5 times and then the last cutscene will start.
- More info
- (In alphabetic order)
- Debut: Adoy
- Bender (playable)
- Destructor (boss)
- Professor Farnsworth
- Fry (playable)
- Hazmat troopers
- Hermes (infected with a Brain Slug)
- Leela (playable)
- Pawnshop Worker
- Debut: Ra-Ra the Sun King
- Debut: Ra-Ra's aide
- Robot Chef
- Smitty (cameo in intro)
- Soda Machine Robot (multiple)
- Debut: Sun God Impostor (boss)
- URL (cameo in intro)
- Walt, Larry and Igner (Walt - boss)
- Zapp (sponsor)
- Dr. Zoidberg (playable)
 Types of Generic Enemy Characters
As these are groups of minor enemies introduced to be killed in the game, every appearance is a debut appearance, except for one of the Red Light District robots, which appeared in the background of "Obsoletely Fabulous".
- Non-sentient Sewer Mutants
- Hazmat troopers
- Red Light District robots
- Hoverbot Death Troopers
- Rock monsters
- Mining robots
- False Sun God's bone-bot army.
- Sentry robots
- Voice Director
- Executive Game Designer
- Voice Actors
- Fox Interactive
- The Curiosity Company
- SCi (EU version)
- Sierra Entertainment (US version)
Unlocked by collecting all Nibblers in the various levels.
- 33 of 34 FMVs (an FMV with Destructor is not unlocked)
- Season 3 - DVD Trailer
- Attract Movie
- Credits Movie
- Music from the game.
- Glagnar's Human Rinds
- Zapp Brannigan - Join The Army
- Got Protoplasm
- Lightspeed Briefs
- Mass Hypnosis Hour
- Extreme Walrus Juice
- Malfunctioning Eddie's
- Dolphin: The Intelligent Meat
- Robo Fresh
- Thompson's Teeth
- Bachelor Chow
- Mom's Old-Fashioned Robot Oil
- Ice Cold Slurmee
- All My Circuits
- Brown Out
- Morbo On Management
- Fishy Joe's
- Kibbles 'N' Snouts
 Game to Episode EditsThe DVD of The Beast with a Billion Backs a commentary track. The episode is cut together from some of FMVs unlocked by collecting Nibblers during gameplay; (almost) all of the in-game cut scenes, the credits and the attract movie, which contains game play footage.
- An opening sequence is added, with the caption "The Lost Adventure", which is also the name of the special feature/episode.
- Fourth wall breaks (most references to more lives, the "game over" screen and discussion thereof, mention of playable characters) are mostly removed, with the exception of Zoidberg's cameo.
- Most brief scenes with minor characters, such as enemies, Mom's sons and the pawnbroker, are removed or edited.
- New sound effects replace many of those used in the game.
- Futurama at GameFAQs - PS2, Xbox
- Sound clips from the game at Futurama Madhouse
- IMDB entry on Futurama (VG)