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"In the near future, the city is a battleground where you compete against your friends for the glory of victory."
Fuzion Frenzy, pre-main menu screen

Fuzion Frenzy is a launch title for the Microsoft Xbox. At its core, Fuzion Frenzy is a four-player party game featuring 45 different mini-games in its selection roster (not including the titular Fuzion Frenzy). The game had two modes of play: Tournament mode which allowed up to four players to compete in sets of three minigames that tied to the theme of the city's zone to earn orbs that were later used in the Fuzion Frenzy minigame. Tournament mode used either 2,4, or 6 zones to compete in, with the winner ultimately being determined by the highest point count in all the combined Fuzion Frenzy rounds after each minigame set. There is also minigame Frenzy, where players could select any minigame at any time (except for Fuzion Frenzy).

It's worth noting that unlike most traditional party games in its time, Fuzion Frenzy did not follow a linear game pattern. Each zone in tournament mode was randomly chosen and never overlapped with an already-selected zone, meaning that playthroughs were almost never identical.

A sequel titled Fuzion Frenzy 2 has been developed for the Xbox 360, which wasn't as well received as its predecessor.

Fuzion Frenzy Provides Examples of:

  • Alliterative Title:
    • The game itself: Fuzion Frenzy
    • Minigames: A few of them, like:
      • Misguided Missiles
      • Roller Ruckus
  • All There in the Manual: The game manual gives a little background for each character. The original (now defunct) Fuzion Frenzy website expands on each of these bios and gives other information about each character (such as age and real name).
  • Announcer Chatter: Notably less frequent than its sequel.
  • Artificial Stupidity: Downplayed, as there aren't very many cases of it happening. Perhaps the most noticeable instance of this trope is how CPU players may periodically stop for half a second to almost 2 seconds before doing anything.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Downplayed. There are some minigames where players need to smash bugs that are notably larger than average insects. Played straight with the giant worm thing that shoots mucus or something.
  • Blood Sport: A lot of minigames would apply, especially "Blast Man Standing."
  • Bloodless Carnage: It's strange when you consider half these games involve blowing each other up with explosives, shooting each other with tanks or blasters, or just flat out attacking each other with melee weapons. Justified as it's an E-rated game.
    • Although the bugs in the Bug Smashing Minigames do splatter into player-colored blood.
  • City of Adventure: In Fuzion Frenzy 1, all the minigames take place in one city on one planet (presumably Earth). It's only referred to as "The City."
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Dub, Green
    • Samson, Red
    • Geena, Blue
    • Naomi, Orange
    • Zak, Yellow
    • Jet, Pink
  • Competitive Multiplayer
  • Cool Helmet: Jet, in fact she's the only one who wears a helmet out of all the player characters.
  • Cool Shades: Samson
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: No matter if you fall to your doom, sink into the water or get bloodlessly exploded, if you don't instantly teleport/respawn in the same round you'll always return in the next game.
  • Distinctive Appearances: Each character has different portions, personality and can be easily identified by their color scheme alone.
  • Drop-In-Drop-Out Multiplayer: Players can retire or join in at any time.
  • Dumb Muscle: Samson's purpose to win the Fuzion Frenzy tournament is to prove he isn't one of these.
  • Endless Running Game: Twisted System and Prop Rotation.
  • Fixed Camera
  • The Future
  • Gang Up on the Human: Tends to be more noticeable on the harder difficulties. Even in Free-For-All games that discourage teamwork, it's not surprising to find the other contestants at least targeting you first.
  • Going Through the Motions: Given that it was released in 2001, this was to be expected.
  • Hub City: Fuzion Frenzy 1 takes place inside an unnamed futuristic city.
  • Large-Ham Announcer: Reserved for the Fuzion Frenzy rounds as well as the start and end of a minigame in Fuzion Frenzy, horribly overused in Fuzion Frenzy 2.
  • Mad Marble Maze: Subverted. More like players INSIDE a rolling object in certain minigames. It's more akin to the Atlasphere event from American Gladiators in that sense.
  • Minigame Game
  • No OSHA Compliance: The Outlands, then again everything is under construction/demolition.
  • Pun: Blast Man Standing, Mystery Beat, Tailblazer, Erodeo and Rubble Alliance.
  • Purely Aesthetic Gender: The three male (Dub, Samson and Zak) and three female characters (Jet, Geena and Naomi) are equally capable of winning the game.
  • Racing Minigame: Roller Ruckus and Tank Treads.
  • Rhythm Game: The Scratch Match, Mystery Beat and Rhythm minigames.
  • Scoring Points: Most games have this nature, especially Fuzion Frenzy.
  • Super Drowning Skills: The characters float for a second before sinking, then teleporting back onto land if they fall in water.
  • Tank Controls: Present in the Tank mini-games fittingly enough. It should also be noted that the cannon is always facing the direction the player is moving, instead of being turned by a separate control.
  • Title Drop: Happens at the start menu and whenever the final round in a stage starts.
  • Unlockable Content: In the second game, you can unlock six minigames by winning a main tournament with each character:
    • Dub: Robo Battle
    • Samson: Hop to It
    • Geena: Collision Collusion
    • Zak: Tube Racer
    • Naomi: Aqua Blast
    • Jet: Sumo Paint
  • Violation of Common Sense: Half of these games either involve explosives or doing things that'd normally be suicide.
  • Xtreme Kool Letterz: As if it wasn't obvious enough in the title.