Blizzard is back with something new for StarCraft… or at least the remastered version of StarCraft that they released almost two years back.
Blizzard worked with the team from Carbot Animations, the YouTube group that has been doing parodies of Blizzard games for some time now (including that great Diablo parody I mentioned earlier in the year) to create what is essentially a re-skin of the game in the Carbot style.
Available for $10 from the Blizzard Store, it changes everything in the game from classic to cartoon in style.
This seemed silly enough that I spent the $10 just to see how far they went with it.
Even the splash screen got an update, so this:
Splash Screen from the Remastered version
StarCraft Cartooned splash screen
They even have a promotional video that includes a modified version of the Terran cinematic:
Of course, it took me a couple of minutes to figure out how to enable the Cartooned skin. There is an option in the main screen for “Collections,” that includes an option to select which skin you want to use.
Select the Cartooned skin
Once I got that set, everything was cartooned. So I played a couple of games just to see it in action.
Checking out the Zerg
As with the 2017 remaster of StarCraft, the cartoon skin does not change the game. The new skin still uses the sounds from the remaster, something fully in keeping with Carbot’s style, which favors juxtaposing their cute style with the game sound track.
Was it worth the $10? Maybe not. I do not play StarCraft often enough to really appreciate it. But it kept me amused for a couple of hours, and the Carbots team gets a cut of the take, and I do watch their stuff quite often. (Their StarCrafts series is in season 7.)
I am sure there is a Starbucks barrista out there angry at me because that $10 could have been used to buy a venti soy iced caramel macchiato with enough left over for a generous tip. I’m sorry, but I’m not buying your crappy hipster coffee. Also, I don’t drink coffee.