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  • Summary: (Known in Japan as "Meiwaku Seijin: Panic Maker") Under the Skin allows gamers to take the reigns of a mischievous alien named Cosmi who travels the galaxy on a training mission to pull pranks and initiate panic on the planet Earth. Transform into the personas of the individuals Cosmi meets in order to complete the tasks for returning home in this unique and interesting twist on the action genre. Use a special ray gun to help Cosmi pull pranks , absorb humanpersonas and pull various type of high jinx including: warping to a different location in order to escape panicked mobs; passing gas behind you; and turning humans into giant bowling pins and send them flying by throwing giant bowling balls after them. [Capcom] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 30
  2. Negative: 8 out of 30
  1. The variety of stages and the variety of pranks is what makes Panic Maker such a fun experience. In what other game can you throw pies at a casino waitress, exorcize zombies and use spring loaded punching gloves to knock people into walls? The quirkiness of "Under the Skin" goes far. [JPN Import]
  2. Sure, it can get repetitive, but then again, with only a few maps to play on, this isn't a problem. Unfortunately the game suffers from lack of content, which is a crying shame; if it was longer or had more modes then I would have been over the moon.
  3. It's an interesting idea to play the part of the invading alien, and there's a very colorful, bizarre visual style at work here, but the single-player game is short, the gameplay is simple, and the game just doesn't seem to go anywhere.
  4. The problem with Under the Skin lies in the fact that no matter how far you advance in the game you’ll still be doing generally the same thing over and over. Once you’ve seen the different methods of freaking out the populace, that’s all there is to see.
  5. A good concept with fun trappings, but it doesn't quite have enough going on under teh surface. [Nov 2004, p.108]
  6. The dreary level designs and overly repetitive gameplay sours the overall experience. Also, for the love of God, please stop with the coin collecting. It's over. [Oct 2004, p.136]
  7. 26
    It’s a sad waste of programming, and I still shower twice daily in the hopes that the stench of the game will come off. It’s ultimately like a fungal infection on DVD – foul-smelling, painful, and a relief to dispose.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Oneechin
    Dec 26, 2005
    I LOVE THIS GAME! They should have more levels adapted from popular movies though and more funny and authentic levels. Please manufacture and market more games like this! Maybe a sequel under the skin 2!. Expand
  2. MatthewR.
    Oct 14, 2004
    The game is a bit simple but i think it is a grate game to pass the time on.
  3. DavidM.
    Sep 30, 2006
    Awful game terrible.