Monday, May 26, 2008

The Doctor Will See You Now

Ah, Dr. Mario. On a scale of 1 to Tetris, it's a good 8, 8-1/2. And it was released today on WiiWare for a whopping price of 1000 points (that's $10, American).

I'm DM fan, so I've been looking forward to this one. And when I fire it up... it's Dr. Mario. It is exactly what it is. Dr. Mario. Yeah.

I suppose it's not fair to be disappointed in a game that is exactly what it advertises to be--a modern day port of a classic 8-bit puzzler. And, actually, once I looked through and turned off a few of the bells and whistles (notably the pill ghost, ugh), I was much happier. It's the same game I've played a thousand times before, but at the same time, it's the same game...

Thankfully the online support for this one is a bit stronger than, say, MarioKart (nothing against it, but I spend an awful lot of time sitting around waiting for matches to start. The Virus-Buster addition is nothing to shout about, basically the same game with a few twists. Actually, Flash Mode is the most exciting new development for me, a bit different strategy and a bit more competition-based.

The music is nothing new, and actually it's a bit shrill. I could go for something a bit more atmospherice. But it was $10, so I won't complain too loudly.


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