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It's Mr. Pants
It's Mr. Pants U.S. box art
Developer(s) Rare
Publisher(s) THQ
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Release date(s) December 7, 2004
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ESRB: E
PEGI: 3+
Media 64-megabit cartridge

It's Mr. Pants (originally Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers) is a video game for the Game Boy Advance. The starring character, Mr. Pants, is the result of a poorly drawn image from Rare's website, who was used as a mascot for the site survey.


The basic idea of the game is to create rectangles which have to be 2x3 blocks or larger to clear them from the grid. Blocks cannot be placed on top of blocks of the same color that are already on the grid, but they can be placed on top of blocks of any other color which causes the different blocks on the grid to disappear.

The game incorporates three main game modes: Puzzle, Wipeout and Marathon. There is also a fourth game mode called "Max's Mystical Muddle" which is opened up by completing all of the puzzles in Puzzle mode.


The game was originally revealed as Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers. It featured an isometric gameplay grid and Donkey Kong-themed levels and modes. The isometric view was scrapped because it was thought to be too awkward to see where puzzle pieces near the back of the board were. The game itself received the Mr. Pants theme due to Rare being bought out by Microsoft in 2002. (Nintendo holds the rights to Donkey Kong.) It was presented at E3 2001 by Rare, which at the time was a second-party developer for Nintendo, along with other projects for Nintendo platforms that have since been canceled, such as Donkey Kong Racing and Diddy Kong Pilot (which later became Banjo-Pilot).

The 'Crayon Snake' that circles around the board in Marathon Mode eating the game pieces was originally called the 'Pants Snake'. THQ thought that this was a bit too risqué and requested the name change.

Mr. Pants has several cameos in other Rare games such as Jet Force Gemini, Banjo-Tooie. and Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts.

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