posted by darthchris (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) Apr 12, 2006
Member since Feb 2005
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Mario and Luigi are back to save the Mushroom Kingdom, this time from the evil aliens known as the Shroob. The story starts out with the princess using Prof. E. Gadd's new time machine to travel to the Mushroom Kingdom of the past. However, when the machine returns, the princess is gone and a strange creature comes out. The brothers defeat it, and then strange time portals start to appear everywhere, and soon meet up with their baby selves, and the four must save the princess and the kingdom.
The game has light RPG elements and is turn based, but has a lot of timed button presses to keep your attention. By pulling off the timings, you can do extra damage with your attacks and dodge enemies' attempts to bring you down. The problem with the game is that it is too linear, offering no side quests at all or places to walk off the main path. This is definitely a let down to those who have played the first, which let you explore to your hearts content. The game also clocks in earlier than the original, around 20 hours, but that still isn't bad for a handheld.
Bottom line: This is a fun game, but the short length and the linear path stopped it from being as great as the first. However, it is worth checking out. :)
Mario and Luigi Partners in time is an entertaining quasi-RPG. Everything you would expect from a regular RPG with stats increase and level up is here but at the same time your platforming skills will be put the test in this little adventure.
The story line works very well and has Mario and Luigi traveling to the past to meet there younger selves and helping them destroy an invasion by the Shroobs as well as the occasional butt-ins from Bowser. There is a lot of humor infused into the story which makes for plenty of good times.
The game mechanics relies on both RPG elements and Platforming elements and are integrated well. You see every enemy you fight and you can jump on top of them to do some extra damage before the battle starts or you might be hit by them and they will have a head start on you. A lot of the puzzles also require you to jump, spin and hammer your way to a solution (this part does get a bit repetitive).
What is fun is the battle system. Unlike a traditional RPG you will be taking an active part in the battles. You need to press keys at the right time to do damage while a wrong key press will make you do less damage. There are different kinds of attacks along with items that require different presses. It is a very active battle process and is fun.
The games graphics are well done and everything you’d expect from a Mario style game. The music and sounds are well done too. Music sets the atmosphere and you will ever hear classic retro-Mario game background music.