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GF Rating
5.4

542 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
2

Really Bad

Skip this Wario title... they'll make another.

posted by cplgaming (EUGENE, OR) May 16, 2007

Member since Mar 2007

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

The beginning starts out fair enough. You, Wario, fall asleep in front of the TV.. and are transported into some magicians TV show.. where you promptly steal his wand. The wand then talks to you & teaches you how to turn into a thief disguise, which helps you jump higher. Awesome!! This is off to a great start.

And then... that's where it drops you. It's like raising a child until they are 1, and then dropping them in the middle of a forest. "Good luck, kid!" it calls, laughing maniacally, while you sit there with tears in your eyes, asking "why?"

After banging my head against a table for 2 days, walking back and forth between the exact same 5 panels, I finally go to the Options screen.. where the wand had promised that if I forgot how to turn into a thief, I could go there to re-learn it. Right next to THIEF were 3 more options...

Whhhaaaa??? Why wasn't I even Notified of this?! What, I'm supposed to just GUESS that I automatically have other costumes?!

Of course.. once you figure that out, the game becomes infinitely more fun. Draw a bubble on your head to be an astronaut & shoot laser beams, make a box with a line through it to become an artist & create temporary blocks, or draw a lollipop to become a genius & see things that are otherwise..well.. obfuscated. (it says you can see things that aren't there, but you can. it doesn't actually take a ... .genius)

Long story short... perfect for someone that enjoys tiny little puzzles with little to no actual rewards... and possibly doing the same thing over & over & over.... or if you have a walk through handy, as some of the puzzles are fun to figure out.

(Entire review at Couplegaming)

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GF Rating
2

Really Bad

Disappointingly Horrible

posted by nerevar08 (CHILLICOTHE, OH) Apr 7, 2007

Member since Feb 2007

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Wario Master of Disquise is a game with very few positive qualities. It's a 2-D platformer featuring a classic Nintendo character. That's about as positive as it can get. The graphics are horrible, Wario himself can barely be recognized and the backgrounds are straight outta 1995. Haven't games progressed even a little since then? The sound is annoying and also very dated. However, these aren't the worst features of this game. The controls are clearly the breaking point. You must move and jump with the d-pad, but tap the screen to attack... THIS MAKES NO SENSE! It is the opposite of intuitive. The one slightly innovative feature about this game is the ability to change costumes by drawing a shape on the screen, somewhat similar to Black and White. However, I hate to compare it to Molyneux's great god sim because this game can't even get that right! Most of the time, you draw a shape and nothing happens! Or the game registers it as something else, even more frustrating! The game isn't meant to be difficult by any means, but the horrible, unresponsive, unintuitive controls make it somewhat difficult to progress. I was only able to play for a few hours before I finally realized that the game is frustratingly pointless and not worth my time. I would encourage the reader to take my advice and not waste time with this abysmal piece of trash disguised as a game.

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GF Rating
7

Good

Wario: Master of Disguise

posted by Trogador (Woods Cross, UT) Mar 15, 2007

Member since Apr 2006

8 out of 9 gamers (89%) found this review helpful

Wario: Master of Disguise is a puzzle-platformer with a few flaws but ultimately ends up being a worthy addition to the DS line-up. The concept is awesome: you guide Wario through a TV world (which is beautifully animated, by the way), using the d-pad to move and the touch screen for just about everything else, from attacking enemies to swapping between wario's 8 different disguises. The disguises are the main concept behind the game, hence the title. It's actually really fun to use the disguises; each one is unique in it's own way and has special powers, such as Dragon Wario's fire breath and Sparky Wario's room-lighting ability. Unfortunately, this is where the games biggest flaw becomes apparent: the use of the touch screen to "draw" the disguises onto Wario. Don't get me wrong, this function is cool, but it doesn't always work. Turning into Arty Wario when you needed to be Spaceman Wario during a hectic boss fight is really frustrating. Actually, that's pretty much the game's only flaw, as everything else is great. The music is appropriate, the levels are well designed, the puzzles are entertaining, but the story, while well written, does seem to have a bit TOO much potty humor in it. Overall, this a great game, definitely worth at least a look if you have a Nintendo DS. Great stuff.

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