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Game and Watch Collection

 

 

SCORE: 67

 

Game and Watch Collection 

 

Members of Club Nintendo can receive Game & Watch Collection for free if they have 800 coins to spend on it. Coins are earned by registering brand new Nintendo purchased products. The normal purchase price (MSRB) of a game determines how many coins are awarded. One coin equals one dollar. A survey about the game is filled out (under ten questions at the time this review was written). So in essence by spending 800 dollars on Nintendo, this is a Nintendo DS game they are willing to reward you with. Oil Panic, Donkey Kong, and Green House are the three electronic games. These games are a throwback to the beginning days of video games, and the little electronic games that were very simple, and less costly than a video game machine.

Game & Watch Collection does not look that great. There are a couple of colors, but generally this stays true to the old history it represents. Bugs are sprayed, Donkey Kong is dropped on his head, and you can dump oil on people standing by their cars. That is as violent as this DS game gets.

I have never missed the few bleeps, and blops that passed for sound effects on those hand held electronic devices. Game & Watch Collection faithfully represents those old sounds. Those few sounds are actually irritating to me. A dentist drilling on my teeth is a slightly worse sounds to have to endure in my opinion.

If you get into one or all of these games then there can be some replay value. I feel that Game & Watch Collection is a pretty cheap reward from Nintendo. I mean after all these kinds of games appear in some kids meals at fast food joints. I did some research and see that Nintendo has a sequel, and I feel like there should have been more than three hand held games in a ‘collection’ from Nintendo.

The Nintendo DS is not being pushed to any limits with Game & Watch Collection. Each game has simple controls. There can be a few stumbling blocks like trying to figure out how to dump the oil out a window (press that same direction one more time). There is nothing speedy about any of these games, and the goal is to score as many points as possible. This is done by avoiding mistakes.

Morally and ethically I can not find anything wrong with Game & Watch Collection. It is free (sort of), and I can’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Hand eye coordination is the main lesson in these games. Looking back at games like these let us know where we have come from historically. We have come an extremely long way.
- Frank

 

Graphics: 64%
Sound: 62%
Replay/Extras: 69%
Gameplay: 70%
Family Friendly Factor: 69%
System: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Rating: 'E' for Everyone

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