Regrettably, I don’t always get the chance to share all of my new favorite things here at the clubhouse, but mentioning Alex Hirsch’s Gravity Falls is well overdue. Along with Regular Show its currently one of my last 2-3 must-see cartoon shows. Sure, I still watch tons of other cartoons, but Gravity Falls is one of those where I drop everything I’m doing to make sure I catch it (TiVO be damned). It’s smart, it’s funny and now it’s also a video game!
For those who haven’t seen it, the show follows brother and sister, Dipper and Mabel Pines (twins), along with their Grunkle Stan and a cast of outlandish creatures like rainbow-spewing gnomes, Manotaurs, the 8½th President of the United States and the Multi-Bear (brilliant!). In one of the final episodes of Season One, Fight Fighters, Dipper inadvertently brings to life new character called Rumble McSkirmish – a mash-up of Ryu (Street Fighter), Solid Snake (Metal Gear series) and Marco Rossi (Metal Slug) – from an old arcade machine. Things go horribly wrong and Dipper ends up having to fight Rumble “to the death.”
Luckily, that was neither the last of Dipper or the show as a new season has been announced to premiere on February 15 and to help promote it’s return there’s a brand new online game, Gravity Falls: Rumble’s Revenge. The side-scrolling game finds Rumble returning from his fate in Fight Fighters and looking for a rematch. You can play as either Dipper (faster, but weaker) or Mabel (stronger, but slower) as you put the smackdown on the aforementioned creatures from the series. Clocking in at only 4 levels the game is short and does re-use the same bad guys on each stage, a fact that even the game pokes fun at, but it’s addictively fun.
DIPPER VS RUMBLE MCSKIRMISH (Clip)