My hubby is so good to me. He is always on
the look out for games that I will take an interest in. He does that for
all of us here at Family Friendly Gaming. He tirelessly wades through
hundreds of press releases finding the good games for families, and then
campaigns with the companies to get a reviewable copy. Well he worked on
getting a gifted copy of Ghost Mania on WiiWare. He told me that he had
a game right up my alley. I asked the name of the game, and found out it
is Ghost Mania. I have to admit I did not think puzzle game when I heard
it. I thought it was a Ghost Buster or Pac-Man kind of a game. But I
gave Ghost Mania a shot. Am I ever glad I did.
There are colored blocks on the top of the screen, and on the bottom. The colors are diverse and actually nice to look at. The bottom starts to scroll up, and the player only has so much time to swap colors around on the top. The cursor highlights two of the colors, and after so much time, those two drop. Now you can make it drop before hand if you are confident with where things will land. Only certain sparkly blocks can make that color go away. This is where some real strategy comes into play. Did I mention you only have so much time?
The polish and shine in Ghost Mania is amazing. The two main characters have a Casper the friendly ghost kind of feel to them. Although they are really not as friendly. I was given the choice of the boy or girl ghost. Each tells a different story of how the other let all these ghosts free. It is your responsibility to catch them again. Okay sure the story and the puzzle action may not exactly fit together but I was having more fun with the puzzle aspect than to care much about the story. Hey I am being honest with ya'll.
There are enough levels in Ghost Mania to get your five dollars worth. That is right, Ghost Mania costs only five dollars. Even my Amazon purchasing friends will have a hard time matching that price for the quality. There are different levels which mainly give a different backdrop. The haunted house was the oddest looking one in my opinion. I feel that Ghost Mania is worth the price of admission if you like puzzle games, and want something different and new.
I have already described how Ghost Mania works. This is a very simple concept, and I found myself enjoying it. I do wish though that getting a certain size of a blob of color would make it go away as well as the sparkly blocks. I ran into instances where I had a huge blob of one color, and it wound up ending my game because I never got that color. This is a minor quibble, but definitely something for a sequel.
Did I mention a sequel? Yes I did. I would love to see a sequel to Ghost Mania in the future. The whole ghost aspect is one that parents should take note of. I did not find it offensive, but if you do, I will understand. I had fun playing Ghost Mania, and appreciate the creativity behind this downloadable home console video game. Ghost Mania is one of those games that you do not want to judge by its cover.
Family Friendly Factor: 79%
Publisher: Legendo Entertainment
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone
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