Which Scooby Doo video games are the best? Is a new Scooby Doo game in the works? Is there a connection between Shaggy and Velma? Is Marcie and Velma dating? Velma is a vegetarian, right? Is Shaggy a meat eater? While we will not be answering all these questions, they may be revealed within the games.
Scooby-Doo and the gang have been a part of every kid’s life in some form since their debut in 1969’s “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?” So many times, has the show been redone, relaunched, and redefined… It’s astonishing that it hasn’t lost any of its appeal.
Scooby Doo Video Games #12: Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase (2001)
It’s designed for the GBA platform and works well as a children’s game. It offers a calm platforming experience that everyone can complete without being intimidated by the complexity. The graphics are vibrant, you can play as any of your favorite characters, and Shaggy walks in an amusing manner.
Arguably one of the best games in the Scooby Doo Video games franchise, it was created for the GameCube, PlayStation 2, XBOX platforms. After being kidnapped by an eccentric villain, Scooby-Doo searches a scary mansion for the rest of the group.
Scott Innes voices Scooby-Doo while it saw Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake, Tim Curry as Mastermind and B.J. Ward as Velma to name a few. Photo © Warner Bros. Entertainment / Scooby Doo Video Games.
Scooby-Doo GBA (2002)
This 2d adventure for the GBA has to be the most unique-looking game in the Scooby-Doo franchise. You command the eponymous character as you navigate your way around a motel hunting for clues that will help you puzzle together what’s progressing on with another mystery, partially based on the 2002 live-action feature picture. This videogame serves as an excellent movie tie-in with some rudimentary combat and simple brainteasers that any fan of the talkative great Dane may relish.
Scooby-Doo Mystery (1995)
Something about the sleek visuals, fluid movements, and retro-ish special effects in this title makes you feel like you’re watching a classic “Scooby-Doo” show. The fog on some levels, for example, appears to be organic and hand drawn. It looks exactly like a Hanna-Barbera animation should. It was also made for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System which is even more impressive.
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
Monsters Unleashed has some of the most realistic – looking graphics I’ve seen on a GBA 2D beat-em-up. Platforming, vehicle sections, and basic puzzles are all included, as well as everything else you’ll need to keep your eyes glued to the screen. If you enjoy the franchise, there is a PC Point-and-Click adventure game with the same name that you should experience. However, the graphics aren’t as impressive, and the game is overall unimpressive. You can see that in the video above.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Mayhem (2004)
This formulaic adventure, developed by Artificial Mind and Movement for the PlayStation 2, is among the most popular and best-selling Scooby Doo video games ever. Each of the five episodes seems like a stand-alone excursion, delivering the complete Scooby-Doo experience in bite-sized chunks rather than dragging things around. The character models are hands down the best aspect of the game, as they perfectly capture the whimsical appeal of the TV show on which it is based.
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Mayhem (2003)
While it can’t be compared to the PS2 game of the same name, it’s still a great adventure game with more appealing aesthetics and compelling gameplay than the previous installments. To overcome barriers and solve puzzles, you’ll have to alternate between Shaggy and Scooby, which adds some complexity to an otherwise uninteresting game. Bear in mind that the game’s banter is so terrible that they had to include low-quality laugh tracks in a GBA game.
Saving you some time with these Scooby Doo Video Games
- Scooby-Doo! Classic Creep Capers (2000) – Platform: Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64
- Scooby-Doo! Who’s Watching Who? (2006) – Platform: PSP, Nintendo DS
- Scooby-Doo! Unmasked (2005) – Platform: PlayStation 2
- Scooby-Doo! Unmasked (2005) – Platform: GBA (Game Boy Advance)
- Scooby-Doo! and the Spooky Swamp (2010) – Platform: PlayStation 2, Wii
When it comes to Scooby-Doo, this is possibly the most crucial guideline to remember. The franchise is primarily aimed towards children, regardless of how many spinoffs, remakes, reimagining’s, or predecessors there are. Even still, Scooby-Doo is a franchise that could provide children with countless hours of entertainment and possible fright in a video game. The chances for more variety in video games will only grow as the game industry continues to reach new heights with the arrival of next-gen systems.
That’s not even considering the countless games available on itch.io, which allow aspiring game makers to indulge in their wildest ideas. The potential for a game that will make or break Scooby-Doo is greater than ever, but it will be up to the powers that be to take the risk for a franchise that has been in and out of relevancy for more than four decades. But who knows, maybe the next population may give us a true Scooby-Doo game. Perhaps a lesser programmer will make a splash with their vision of the Mystery Gang. It may linger in cultural limbo indefinitely, but it’s not like it’s not worth the try, correct?