|Publisher(s)||Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch|
|Age Rating(s)|| ESRB: E+|
Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics is a sports video game developed by Existence Software and based upon the animated series Laff-A-Lympics, which aired from 1977 to 1978 as part of the Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics programming block. As with the television series it is based on, Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics crosses over characters from a multitude of different franchises created by Hanna-Barbera Productions as they participate in a variety of sporting competitions. Unlike the original show however, which featured sporting events that were, for the most part, grounded in reality, the Laff-A-Lympics video game instead reimagines all sporting events in order to take advantage of the cartoon nature of the original series involved.
The game features full voice acting for every character. While original recordings are reused for some characters, a majority of the cast receive new portrays provided by their current voice actors. Many characters' voice actors return from the television series Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, Wacky Races, Jellystone!, and Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs. Snagglepuss and Mildew Wolf, who originally debuted in The Quick Draw McGraw Show and Cattanooga Cats respectively, serve as the announcers for the competitions and narrate the games.
The game features 20 sporting competitions and 40 minigames for a total of 60 unique events. Every sporting competition includes three different settings and two gameplay variations, creating a total of 160 events in all. Each gameplay variant changes the way the event must be tackled, often changing objectives or adding certain gimmicks, with the default being a "basic" version more akin to the sport's real-life counterpart. Each minigame has only one variant and last for only a few seconds each; these can be compared to the minigames of the Mario Party series.
The game features 60 playable characters. These characters are split across four teams of fifteen contestants each: the Scooby Doobies (primarily featuring characters from mystery-based shows), the Yogi Yahooeys (primarily featuring anthropomorphic animals associated with Yogi Bear), the Really Rottens (made up primarily of villainous characters), and a new team named the "Birdman Galaxies" (headed up by Birdman and consisting primarily of characters from superhero or action-based series). Three playable characters on each team, for a total of 12 characters, must be unlocked by playing through Championship Mode.
Not all characters from the original Laff-A-Lympics series return for the video game. Notably the Really Rottens team, which previously consisted almost-entirely of original characters created for Laff-A-Lympics, has been replaced with actual villainous characters from Hanna-Barbera properties with only one exception. Some other characters, such as Grape Ape and Speed Buggy, do not return as they would destroy the gameplay balance or could not feasibly participate in all events. Other characters do reappear but as members of different teams; the most notable example of this is Mumbly, who previously served as the captain of the Really Rottens but is now portrayed in a more-heroic light just as in his debut program.
Note: the series listed does not always refer to the series in which the character originated, rather the series that they are representing.
The following characters do not return from the original cast of the Laff-A-Lympics: Speed Buggy and Tinker from Speed Buggy; Yakky Doodle from The Yogi Bear Show; Mr. Jinx, Pixie, and Dixie from The Huckleberry Hound Show; Grape Ape from The Grape Ape Show; Dinky Dalton, Dirty Dalton, and Dastardly Dalton from The Quick Draw McGraw Show; and the original characters Dread Baron, Mr. Creepley, Mrs. Creepley, Junior Creepley, Orful Octopus, Daisy Mayhem, and Sooey. Dread Baron has been replaced by Dick Dastardly, who couldn't appear in the original series due to Hanna-Barbera only having partial rights to the Wacky Races characters at the time, and Orful Octopus has been replaced by Squiddly Diddly, on whom the former was based. Almost every aforementioned character appears in non-playable roles however.
In addition to a large cast of playable characters, a variety of characters cameo in a number of other smaller roles, primarily as referees.
- Snagglepuss (The Quick Draw McGraw Show)
- Mildew Wolf (Cattanooga Cats)
- Peter Potamus (The Peter Potamus Show)
- So-So (The Peter Potamus Show)
- Klunk (Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines)
- Zilly (Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines)
- Thorn (Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost)
- Dusk (Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost)
- Luna (Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost)
- Speed Buggy (Speed Buggy)
- Tinker (Speed Buggy)
The following characters cameo as part of the audience in the background of events. Unlike the non-playable characters listed above, these characters are not prominently featured in the game and instead only serve to fill out the backgrounds. As with all other characters, every member of the audience that makes a cameo is given a profile in the game's Library.
- Mark (Speed Buggy)
- Debbie (Speed Buggy)
- Yakky Doodle (The Yogi Bear Show)
- Mr. Jinx (The Huckleberry Hound Show)
- Pixie (The Huckleberry Hound Show)
- Dixie (The Huckleberry Hound Show)
- Grape Ape (The Grape Ape Show)
- Dinky Dalton (The Quick Draw McGraw Show)
- Dirty Dalton (The Quick Draw McGraw Show)
- Dastardly Dalton (The Quick Draw McGraw Show)
- Mr. Creepley (Laff-A-Lympics)
- Mrs. Creepley (Laff-A-Lympics)
- Daisy Mayhem (Laff-A-Lympics)
- The following characters originally planned to be playable characters during development but did not get added into the final roster: Allstar Seaworthy (Snorks); Winnie (The Atom Ant/Secret Squirrel Show); Ted and Goober (Goober and the Ghost Chasers); Woofer and Wimper (Clue Club); Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har (Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har); and Zandor (The Herculoids).
- Five characters created by Hanna-Barbera for Cartoon Network were considered for the roster as well: Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup (The Powerpuff Girls); Johnny Bravo (Johnny Bravo); and Dexter (Dexter's Laboratory). These shows originally aired as shorts for What a Cartoon!, a Cartoon Network series that Hanna-Barbera produced.
- Characters from The Smurfs and Jana of the Jungle were also considered for the roster but ultimately went unused due to these franchises not currently being owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment.