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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Another video game post finally - Yoshi's Island DS

So I've been tooling around with Yoshi's Island DS again.

Last time I played it, I got really really mad. If you are a regular reader, you'll note that the original Yoshi's Island is one of my favorite games of all time. It's recklessly inventive. It did things that other games wouldn't have dared.

And, I hate to harp on this point, but you get eaten by a frog and throw eggs and his uvula.

So, I was really mad at this Yoshi's Island, because it didn't meet the high standards from the original. The music was too cutesy. There were some parts in the original where the music takes a very intense tone. In this game, it's all piano plinks and nothing too scary.

I was mad because this game seems aimed at kids and yet is really hard. I'm not talking hard to get through the levels. That's not so bad. To get a good score is really hard. I think one level toward the end I notched a 41. I feel like I didn't beat the level unless I make a 90, so you can imagine my frustration.

Well, revisiting the game, it's surprisingly good. It's not as good as the original. Barely any games can scratch the great heights that original reached. Now that I know what to expect, though, I find myself being slowly won over by its charms.