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Lacks the magic

posted by protox (LAKEWOOD, CO) Mar 1, 2010

Member since Mar 2005

I remember the original and this just doesn't live up. I can only find a few problems with the game, which are minor, but that's not why I just didn't care for it.

First of my problem with the game was a complete lack of tutorial. Without an instruction booklet right there I found myself wondering what I was supposed to do and why I couldn't use beans. Suddenly I was forced to use beans but I wasn't told how so I had to fumble around with the controls until something worked. I found a few of the things just needless fluff like making the blob calm down or hugging it.

My second problem was a loading screen. It takes a bit to load just at the Wii menu then the game takes longer than usual to start up. Then between each area you go into is a short loading screen. It felt like playing a PSP game.

One thing that annoyed me about the game was a lack of dialogue or story. Sure there was an intro movie, which you couldn't skip, but it didn't give you a plot line and I don't know if one ever happens because I was bored with the game after the 5th area.

Another annoyance, only one save. You have to share this game with one save.

The game is cute and the art is nice. The animation is really solid. You start out with only 3 jellybeans which change depending on the level. I'm guessing it's to prepare you for how to use them later on in the game but this could all be done with a quick easy tutorial. I don't have any major issues with the game I just found it bland. The original game sparked exploration and adventure. This just felt like a plain platformer.

At some point playing a game you just admit it's mediocre. Nothing worth mentioning and nothing that terrible. In the end it comes out as an average Wii game which is sad. I expected to enjoy this game but I just couldn't stay interested. I guess I'm one of those weirdos who enjoys a storyline.

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Very Good

Regaining of innocence

posted by Whtrdr (GLOUCESTER, MA) Oct 31, 2009

Member since Feb 2007

I remember the original NES game. I remember stumbling through the game for hours until I finally figured out the point, the haunting 16-bit music, and the last boss (though I never got anywhere close to beating him). Then I heard about this game and was so excited I bought it without reading the reviews.

Remember when your adorable Pikachu evolved into the hideous Richu? This game does that in reverse. It subtracts all the creepy stuff and the mystery of what every bean does, and turns the game into a pure puzzle game. This isn't wholly bad, the puzzles are interesting and the graphics are great fun to look at. The boy is adorable and the blob is joyous. In the old version, the boy was a teenager and the blob looked like tapioca pudding.

My issues with the game is that you have bases (4 in all) and each base has 10 levels. For a bonus, you can try to get every treasure chest, although why they're there is never explained. Too many of the puzzles are spoon-fed to you, where there are little signs that tell you what shape you should make the blob.

My other issues are the jelly beans, themselves. You have an unlimited amount, and you always know what they do. You have a limited selection of beans depending on the level. In the old one, you had every type of bean, not necessarily knowing what they did, and a limited amount. The new style also takes away some of the jokes of the Jelly Beans, like the Coconut Ball and Banana Anvil (say it altogether).

However, these are all nostalgia problems. It is a remake in the most basic sense of the word. But it is also an adorable puzzle game. I highly reccomend it if you're into that stuff. Parents: this is a game that is both thought-provoking and totally innocent. I mean, there's a hug-blob button!

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