I remember the first time I got addicted to the Fancy Pants game series. I almost started playing the second game first and I am glad I didn’t make that mistake! Fancy Pants Adventure 1 is where it all begins and I love returning to this timeless classic from time to time to waste a bit of time while I am waiting for something. The first game isn’t very important to any storyline or to understanding the next games, but it is important if you want to see how the game concept evolved. The first game really doesn’t really offer any engaging plotline nor does it give players any background story about the main character. It is just a platformer and puzzle game that puts you in the middle of things and has you struggle on your own to find the exits.
Fancy Pants Adventure 1 was nothing more than a great playground for the author as he prepared to show us the next installment in the series. Each of the following games was completely based on everything that we could see in the first game and that is why the importance of the first game was so major.
The gameplay in other games will not change much compared to the Fancy Pants Adventure 1 that started it all. You use the left and right arrow keys to move your character around while the up arrow key is reserved for opening door. The down button key is used to perform a slide or roll move which can be very powerful when it comes to building up speed and taking on multiple opponents. The S keyboard key is what is used to jump and for first-time players who are used to WASD as control keys it might be a bit confusing to use these controls, however, you will quickly see that it is quite easy to get used to the system and enjoy the game.
In Fancy Pants Adventure 1 you are expected to jump across various platforms and navigate yourself through different levels until you reach the final door that will end the game. Along the way you will stumble across special doors that will open up little missions for you to have fun and earn a trophy or two. To make things more difficult for you the game developer has added several non-player controlled characters that are aggressive towards you and will try to stop you. You will most commonly see the spider as an opponent and he will always have a predefined path by which he moves. You need to jump only once on top of him in order to stomp and eliminate him. This is a similar concept as seen in classic games such as Super Mario, although this game will take that concept and bring it to a whole new level during the third game!
I highly recommend that you give the series a try and that you play the games in the correct order. I guarantee that you will be impressed by how much the series has evolved over the years.