• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Mar 2, 2004
Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. 55
    A mixture of tedious adventuring and boredom inducing play mechanics.
  2. Parents whose kids have Scooby-Doo hot on the brain from the movie can safely rent this one, or not, without worry of missing much.
  3. Mystery Mayhem does a fine job of capturing the feeling and atmosphere of the beloved TV series, but the overly simplistic gameplay is where the game falls short.
  4. The videogame resembles the cartoon so well that I instinctively reach for the remote to change the channel. Hey, look, there's a great show on the making of mop handles.
  5. During my playtime, my emotions always registered somewhere between mildly annoyed and just plain bored. [May 2004, p.94]
  6. But unless your mommy tucks you into your Scooby-Doo bed sheets at night, you probably won’t be entirely satisfied.
  7. Behind all the gloss and polish lurks the shadow of a game that shows little novelty in today's already swamped third person action adventure market.
  8. Mystery Mayhem offers ex-stoners and kids of all ages a multi-episode mystery for the ages by pretty much reinventing the old Genesis "Ghosbusters" in 3D, only with all the extra refinements 3D affords. [Mar 2004, p.59]
  9. Mystery Mayhem is filled with such touches that you can't help but smile at, at least for a little while until you realise that behind the pretty visuals, charming animation and spot-on spot effects lies something too innocent and simplistic to be of interest to anyone other than the very young or woefully misguided.
  10. Although nothing special or notable for original ideas, this is how a licensed game should be done. If you’re a fan, God-forbid, you might just like it. Kudos to Artificial Mind & Motion.
  11. A fun, well-executed game for kids and fans of the series. I just won't blow anyone away. [June 2004, p.88]
  12. Scooby-Doo: Mystery Mayhem just isn’t much fun. Blame it on its repetitive nature, the bad level design, the lame gameplay mechanics, the poor controls, or the collection mentality that composes a large part of the game – blame it on something because there’s no denying that Scooby-Doo: Mystery Mayhem is a huge bore-fest.
  13. An excellent game for little kids but won’t provide much excitement for others. The gameplay is very simplified, and the action gets repetitive quickly.
  14. This is definitely a game for hard-core Scooby fans. Or children under the age of ten. Or children under the age of ten with a short attention span. Or, ideally, all of the above.
  15. Fans of the cartoons will be happy to know that the game contains everything from the originals, including voices and bad jokes.
  16. One of the greater traits of this game is the sound which replicates perfectly the wacky over the top 70’s effects.
  17. Even the youth market, at which it's aimed, should be able to clear enough of it to sate their Scooby urges in an overnight period, leaving parental wallets free for better gaming purchases.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JonF.
    Mar 10, 2004
    10
    This game is entertainment for the entire family. The clue and mysteries are fun to solve. My 5 children all love this game.
  2. la;ksdfj;alksdf
    Mar 5, 2004
    10
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