Dexter's Laboratory, along with the Powerpuff Girls, is one of the Cartoon Network's popular original cartoons. Elevator Action was a popular 1983 arcade game from Taito. What do you get when you put the two concepts together and release it on the Game Boy Color? A fun game with a target audience who won't even realize the game is just an old arcade game with a fresh coat of licensed paint.
Your laboratory has been filled up with evil robots. It's up to you, as Dexter, to make your way through different levels, picking up the necessary tools to rid your lab of the cybernetic menace. Like more recent editions of Elevator Action, you start at one end of a building and make your way to the other end, searching for marked doors that contain either a new weapon or one of the items needed to complete the level. The shotguns, pistols, and machine guns of Elevator Action have been turned into laser pistols and other futuristic, less-violent counterparts, though they still act like the original game's armaments. The spies that filled the corridors of Elevator Action have been replaced by robots. The control - one button to fire and one to jump - works just fine.
Graphically, the game is nice and colorful, and the characters from the cartoon are easily identifiable. The sound used throughout the game is similarly solid, though a few voice clips from the show would have made the license stand out a little more.
Unlike bam!'s other recent Cartoon Network-based release, Powerpuff Girls: Bad Mojo Jojo, Dexter's Laboratory is founded on some classic gameplay, giving it the potential to please both fans of the show and fans of classic gaming. Game Boy Color owners would do well to check out Dexter's Laboratory.