There are innovative games, and there are innovative games.
Electroplankton is quite the innovative game from Nintendo, on the
Nintendo DS. Let us be frank here, the Nintendo DS has been one of the
most innovative machines, and has the most innovative games on it.
Toshio Iwai is the genuis behind this game. Calling this a game however
does not comletely explain what this cartridge houses. There are ten
different electroplankton. Each one has a different little area (aka
screen). Each of these electroplankton moves around differently as well.
These different moves can produce a multitude of different sounds. Some
of these sounds include recording the voice of the player, and playing
it back in a lot of different ways. In certain regards it is difficult
to classify this game.
The graphics in this game are spectacular, especially the water
effects. The graphics are bright, and colorful. The details are nice,
and the artwork is a nice blending of different styles. This game is
filled with wholesome images, and they are used properly. This is a
music game, that the graphics shine in as well. At times this reviewer
not only enjoyed the music he had made, but also marveled at the
A music game really fails or succeeds based on how it sounds. The
sounds are crisp, and clear. They also work amazingly well in this game.
Parts of the game feel techno, whilest other parts felt more classical.
Both of these parts are very musically educational. That is something
about this game that a lot of people will realize right off the bat -
this is a great game to assist in teaching music to anyone interested.
There are absolutely no offensive sounds in this game.
This is a game that this reviewer feels everyone gets their money
worth. This can be played for a few minutes, or for hours at a time.
There are so many variations on the musical sounds, that every time it
is played it can virtually be different. This game is fun for people of
all ages, and more than one person can play it as well (via taking
turns). There is nothing to unlock, but all the different musical sounds
to unearth give this game a really high replay value. The only real
problem this reviewer found was the game does not allow the player to
save any musical sounds created.
This game plays superb. The controls are quick, and responsive. The
design scheme works perfectly, and the touching of the screen is the
perfect interface. This game is a ton of fun to play. Nintendo does a
really good job of creating new, and exciting game play - this game is
This is a game that has nothing this reviewer could find offensive at
all. It is a blast to play, and it has some great teachings in it. The
learning of music is a honorable pursuit. This game is safe for the
entire family, and is a game that this reviewer would recommend to his
pastor. This game was a joy to play and review. A sequel would be a
great idea, and the one thing that needs to be added is the ability to
save ones own musical compositions.
It is nice to see Nintendo continuing to create fun, family friendly games, that bring something new to the video game industry. This reviewer believes Nintendo should keep up the good work of developing games like this one. - Working Man Gamer
Family Friendly Factor: 99%
System: Nintendo DS
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone
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