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Futurama: The Game

Futurama The Game is the first videogame of Futurama. Versions are available for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, both of which use cell-shading technology. A version for the Nintendo GameCube was planned but later canceled due to a belief that the GameCube's popularity was too limited.

Released: August 1, 2003

Storyline

Recurring antagonist Mom buys Planet Express for cynical reasons and the team of Fry, Bender, Leela, and Zoidberg must thwart her evil plot to take over the universe.

As the game begins, Professor Farnsworth has sold the company Planet Express to Mom, after realizing the company has been losing money. With her purchase of Planet Express, Mom now owns over 50% of the planet Earth, and becomes its supreme ruler, taking all humans for slaves and instituting a curfew with 'hoverbot death troopers' patrolling the streets. Fry, Leela, Bender and Farnsworth attempt to escape Earth but the ship is broken and scorched so whilst the others repair the ship, Fry finds a hammer. However, when the two ton pile of steel and junk the hammer was supporting falls on him, he is killed. He is brought back to life by the Professor's Reanimator and finds all the Professor's tools to fix the ship. Alas, the professor couldn't fix the dark matter engine so Fry must go to the pawn shop and reclaim the back-up engine via the Sewers, Old New York Subway, Old New York and two levels in New New York. Once he does so they escape earth with the re-animator and the railgun the professor pawned the back-up engine for.

Mom's plan is bigger than the mere conquest of Earth; she plans to turn the planet Earth into a gigantic warship to conquer the universe. However, in order to move the entire planet off its orbit, she requires a large dark matter engine, that only Professor Hubert Farnsworth knows how to build. She captures the Planet Express ship in a tractor beam from a scrapyard on a desert asteroid. Bender escapes with the reanimator and shuts down the tractor beam. Mom's ship, in the shape of Mom's head, captures the Planet Express ship in its mouth and Mom and her sons board the Planet Express ship. They cut off the Professor's head and put it in a jar before hurling the Planet Express Ship into the sun.

In a twist, the sun actually has a habitable surface, where the Sun People live in fear of the Mighty Sun God, that has killed much of the star's population and created an undead army out of their bones. Leela defeats him, in exchange for dark matter to fuel up the ship, and the crew heads to the planet Bogad, Dagobah spelled backwards minus two letters, home of Professor Farnsworth's mentor Adoy, Yoda spelled backwards, presumed to be the only person capable of hatching a plan to solve the situation. As the crew journeys to Bogad, Mom succeeds in powering up the Earth's Dark Matter engine and proceeds to destroy nearby planets.

On Bogad, the crew meets Adoy, who reveals he's invented a time machine capable of sending them back in time and stop Mom before she became unstoppable. The ship and crew travel into the past but arrive completely out of control, crashing the broken, scorched ship inside the Planet Express hangar with not much time left to prevent the original sale of Planet Express. They leave in their original ship, the broken ship becoming a time paradox.

The crew arrives at Mom's Company just in time to prevent the sale, however Mom forces them to fight the robot Destructor. The crew manages to defeat him, but then they are crushed and killed. Professor Hubert Farnsworth has a face-off with Mom and then returns to Planet Express to give his employees some good news. The cutscene shown at the end is actually the first cutscene from the beginning. The game ends the way it began, returning to Level 1 and completing the circle in the timeline, thus creating an infinite parodox loop.

Gameplay

Overview

In Futurama, the player controls each of four playable characters on different levels designed for using just one of the characters at once. Most levels include a combination of fighting, jumping, and some puzzle-solving. Making use of each of these characters and their abilities, the player furthers the story along by unlocking interstitial cut scenes that provide more information about the story for the player.

In addition to these playable characters, many other characters from the series make cameo appearances, as well as new characters being introduced for the first time.

Special items

As well as the levels being character specific, each character is also provided with items, health pick-ups, and valuables to collect that will help them in some way.

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