The Rugrats Movie (video game)

The Rugrats Movie Game

The Rugrats Movie

Cover art
Developer(s) Software Creations
Publisher(s) THQ
Programmer(s) Mike Ager
Brian Beuken
Engine Proprietary
Platform(s) Game Boy, Game Boy Color
Release date(s)

Game Boy

  • NA: December 1998

Game Boy Color

  • NA: February 28, 1999
  • EU: 1999
Genre(s) Platform-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

The Rugrats Movie, also known as Rugrats: The Movie, is a traditional 8-bit 2D platform video game based on the movie of the same name from the Nickelodeon animated series, Rugrats. It was released for Game Boy in December 1998 and for Game Boy Color in 1999. The game is also compatible with the Super Game Boy.[1]


Tommy Pickles' little brother, Dil, has vanished, so the Rugrats set out to find him.[2] The game features eight levels including the Pickles' house, the hospital, woods, and ancient ruins. There are two levels in which the player drives the Reptar Wagon in a top-down perspective, but the rest features standard side-scrolling platform gameplay.[1][2][3] In each level the player has to collect specific items and get to the exit before time runs out. The game also utilizes a password feature.[1][3]


Review scores
Game BoyGBC
Nintendo Power6.9/10[4]
Aggregate score

The game was met with mixed reviews upon release, as GameRankings gave it a score of 55% for the Game Boy version[5] and 61.75% for the Game Boy Color version.[6]

Scott Alan Marriott of AllGame rated the Game Boy Color version a 3 out of 5 and wrote, "The Rugrats Movie isn't a classic platform game by any means, but it does what it does admirably, which is to provide a colorful journey through levels based on the 1998 hit movie. And that should be enough to satisfy nearly everyone who saw the film, as this title definitely leans toward a younger audience. Control involves moving left or right and jumping -- that's it." Marriott praised the "entertaining" vehicle levels for adding variety to the game, and also enjoyed its colorful and "well-defined" graphics, writing that "the levels could pass for something you'd see on the Nickelodeon animated television series." Marriott wrote about the sound: "The music is surprisingly catchy, although it does grow repetitive the longer you play the game. The sound effects are ordinary."[3]

Cameron Davis of GameSpot rated the Game Boy Color version a 7.3 out of 10 and wrote that "to the great astonishment of many, it's actually pretty good. Not groundbreaking or innovative in any way, to be sure, but it does what it sets out to do well." Davis said of the game's vehicle levels: "They're a nice addition and break up the gameplay well - a shame, then, that they're over too quickly." Davis praised the game's "well-detailed and extremely colorful locations," but also wrote, "The stages are impressively large and full of hidden areas to explore, although the way the screen sometimes doesn't scroll until you're almost at the edge leads to a few needless deaths. [...] Grown-ups who are brave enough to admit they like watching the cartoon won't find a particularly challenging game here. The fact that the game only uses one button is a good indication of this."[2]

Peer Schneider of IGN gave the Game Boy Color version a 5 out of 10, and did not feel that the game could "hold the attention of older gamers". Schneider wrote, "Graphically, Rugrats stays true to the series with large, recognizable characters and decent animation. The scrolling still needs some work, but Creations pulled off a slew of vibrant, nicely drawn backgrounds that really shine on the Game Boy Color or Super Game Boy. Sound effects are sparse, but the memorable Rugrats music would quickly overshadow any potential sounds anyway. But remember: Enjoy Rugrats music only in small doses. If you're planning to play the game for a long time, we suggest switching off the music to prevent yourself from going nuts."[1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Schneider, Peer (1999-07-14). "Rugrats: The Movie (GBC)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Davis, Cameron (2000-01-28). "Rugrats: The Movie Review (GBC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Marriott, Scott Alan. "The Rugrats Movie (GBC) - Review". AllGame. Archived from the original on 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2014-12-13.
  4. "The Rugrats Movie (GBC)". Nintendo Power. 116. January 1999.
  5. 1 2 "The Rugrats Movie for Game Boy". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
  6. 1 2 "The Rugrats Movie for Game Boy Color". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-03-17.
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