Review by Nint125

"Great Graphics, Sound, and Variety make Yoshi's Story a great game"

Gameplay- 7 out of 10 - you can either play story or trial. Story is where you play 6 stages one from each world. The stages you play depends on how many special hearts you collect, there are 3 per stage. If you collect 3 hearts you can play stages 1 through 4 on the next world. If you collect 2 you play 1 through 3 and etc.. In between stages there is a little story, then the page turns. And after the 6th stage you face bowser.

Trial is where you play stages individually, once you beat a particular stage in the story mode you can play it in the trial mode. In trial your goal is to get the highest score possible (by eating your lucky fruits, favorite fruits, melons, and hearts.) But each Yoshi likes different fruits so you have to master the six different yoshi's on each stage.

Audio-9 out of 10- One of the richest sounding games for the system. The music suits the levels perfectly, changing in tone when the action gets bigger (when yoshi is riding on a dragon, then he is being chased by a swarm of bees). I do have to point out that certain tunes are VERY annoying, like the music in between pages in the story mode, and the title music. But aside from that, the sound is great as a whole.

Story- 7 out of 10- The Yoshi's super happy tree with all of their favorite fruit on it was stolen by Baby Bowser. That made the Yoshi's angry so they set off to find Bowser and reclaim their tree. Along the way they have to get through caves, clouds, snow, jungles, water, and toughest of all Bowsers castle.

Graphics- 10 out of 10- This is the game's strongest point. Even thought this game is not 3D, it beats every other side-scrolled game out on the market, and many N64 games as well. Aside from Banjo Kazooie, Diddy Kong Racing, Zelda, and Goldeneye this game has the best graphics for the system. Each stage is detailed to the fullest, lots of color and none of it looks smeared or blurry, when looked at closely (Yoshi sniffing). The jungle stages look so real that you will want to reach out and jump into the screen!

Replayability- 6 out of 10 - This is where the game suffers a bit. Once you beat the game and played all the stages (which isn't too hard) you've seen everything the game has to offer. However, if you want to beat the game totally, you have to get 30 melons on all 24 stages, that is very hard to do and will keep you busy for a while. After that you can keep playing the trail mode to improve on your scores, but that's about it.

Buy?- If you're an experienced gamer, you might want to rent this first and see how far you get before you buy it, due to the low difficulty level. But, this game is a sure buy for younger players (aged 5 to 11) or if you just want a game for the graphics.

Overall- 7 out of 10- A great addition to the N64 library. I think it the N64 needs variety and this game gives it some, aside from Mischief-Makers, this game is the only side scrolled game for the N64. A great buy.

Pluses

- great graphics
- rich sound
- good variety of stages and locations

Minuses

- Low level of diffuculty
- 1 player
- annoying at times
- too short


Reviewer's Score: 7/10 | Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 11/01/99


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