The colourful spy with flared slacks, Austin Powers, is famous all around the world. Comedy legend Mike Myers acted as producer, writer and actor for the two main characters, Austin Powers and his nemesis Dr. Evil, for all three movies from 1997 through 2002. While the parody of spy films from the 60s is an acquired taste that not everyone finds similarly hilarious, it is undeniable that the character and the franchise are well known, especially since the times of the internet. Countless memes feature the bald Dr. Evil, who became almost more popular than the “hero” of the trilogy.
Maybe lesser known is the fact that in addition to three movies, there have also been a series of video games and themed games revolving around the spy with the bad teeth. The first two adaptations were a collection of mini games, both published in the late year 2000. The games were found on https://uk.ign.com/games/and is classicly named “Austin Powers: Oh Behave!” and “Austin Powers: Welcome To My Underground Lair”, are native to the Game Boy Colour, Nintendo’s first handheld console with a colour screen. The first one revolves around the International Man of Mystery himself, the latter features Dr. Evil as the main character.
While the device was rather popular at the time and licensed games spread across the entertainment industry like a wildfire, the two Austin Power games never quite took off. The idea was not without positives: both games featured a collection of minigames and activities, geared around the first two movies. Cross-compatibility, original music and sounds from the franchise, as well as support for two players and item trading, were supposed to offer something out of the ordinary. Sadly, the game’s interface insists on using a virtual computer desktop to act as a menu, which is the main cause for frustration trying to navigate… anything, really. On top of that, the generic mini games like a variant of Othello, a rip-off of Pac-Man and Rock/Paper/Scissors can’t hold any players attention for long, not even when playing against a friend.
The concept of tomfoolery works much better in other types of games, as proven by the PC-game “Austin Powers in Operation Trivia”, a light-hearted and far from serious trivia game focussing on pop culture from the 1960s through to the 1990s. The highlight here are the original soundtrack and voices, as well as intelligent and various trivia questions, that provide hours upon hours of gameplay – not only for Austin Powers fans.
In addition to the ones mentioned, are a hoard of games that feature the franchise, like “Austin Powers Pinball”, which was released in late 2002 for PC and PlayStation, or the quirky Austin Powers slot game, which is available to play for free directly on https://games.paddypower.com/c/jackpot-slots.
To top off the obsession with the spy-parody, Stern Pinball Inc. manufactured a complete and non-virtual Austin Powers pinball machine, which is currently valued at roughly 2900 USD value. For a better look at this unique vision of the classic game, have a look on https://sternpinball.com/.
Just like his adventures in the movies, the excursions into games have been hit-and-miss for Austin Powers. Luckily most current games with the license of the spy-parody are free to play, so that you can see for yourself if they match your taste.
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