Penned by the show’s writers and brought to life by its original cast of talented voice actors, Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is a Family Guy game made for true Family Guy fans. The result is a title that stays authentic to the feel of the series. It’s bursting with characters, references, in-jokes, absurdities, and obscurities made specifically for Family Guy’s most ardent followers. Here are some favorites:
1. The Best of Quahog’s Worst
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse’s antagonists may come from parallel dimensions, but many hail directly from Quahog and the show’s rich history. In addition to Bertram, whose universe-jumping scheme sets the game in motion, Brian and Stewie will have to battle with Crippletron, Evil Stewie, Mayor Adam West (and his cats), Long John Peter, and many more. And there are dozens of notable appearances from other Family Guy figures throughout the story along the way.
2. Unique Character Abilities
Each character in Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse brings their own unique set of tools to the battlefield, specific to their in-show personalities. Stewie wields a golf club and a flamethrower (reminder: never borrow money from Stewie), Peter dazes enemies in a cloud of noxious gas, and Quagmire uses an inflatable ‘lonely man companion doll’ to shield himself from incoming attacks.
True fans should appreciate this classic running staple from the show just from looking at it. Meg, widely considered to be the most, uh, beautiful Family Guy character, can flash her opponents in-game, causing them to vomit in adoration, presumably, at the sight of something so majestic and lovely. Classic.
3. Obscure References to the Rescue!
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse aids players by putting to good use some of the show’s most inane and tangential moments. Ipecac grenades. A Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm-Flailing Tube Man that taunts enemies away from you. In a pinch, you can even summon the Giant Chicken to fight by your side… that is, if you can stand to hear another second of “Surfin’ Bird,” which ceremoniously plays when he appears.
Stewie’s ursine companion Rupert is around, too. And he’s seen some things, man.
4. Costumes! Costumes! Costumes!
There are dozens of unlockable goodies available to endeavoring players across Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse. You can throw Brian in his tux from “Brian Sings and Swings” or dress Stewie up for a Sexy Party. Each character, including those available in Challenge and Multiplayer modes, has a unique set of outfits to choose from.
5. And So Much More…
That’s just a taste of the fun and surprises awaiting diehard Family Guy fans – the rest you’ll have to find on your own. For instance, keep the game paused for a minute and listen to what happens to the theme song… Also those flagellum-propelled spaceships used by the chickens should be very familiar to anyone who remembers Bertram’s origin story from “Emission Impossible.”
So invite some friends over for a game of late-night Capture the Greased-Up Deaf Guy. Like Peter’s injured knee, there’s just so much to stumble upon (oh yeah, THAT’S in the game, too).
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is on store shelves now.