Review by ReZips

"So simple, yet oh so fun"

Yoshi's Touch and Go is possibly the most addicting game since Donkey Kong. It is so simple, yet it gets oh so hard. I cannot think of a game that can draw you in more with the thought of “Oh please, this game can be beat in 10 minutes” and then destroy your spirit with it's unrelenting challenge. But the good part is, this is also one of the most fun games I have ever played. Here is the premise of the game: A stork carrying baby Mario drops him (oh no!). It is you job to draw clouds to guide baby Mario down to safety while helping him avoid aerial predators and simultaneously gaining coins and points. You can draw circles around enemies that do not poke and these enemies turn into bubbles. Throw the bubble at Mario and he get points. When Mario finally makes it to the ground (if you can make him survive) a Yoshi will come and pick up him. The color of Yoshi will be determined by the amount of points you get, and the color is VERY important, because this will influence the Yoshi's speed and the number of eggs it can carry. Now you're off to the main part of the game which involves Yoshi trying to meet up with the stork at a certain point. Along the way you will need to draw clouds to guide Yoshi over cliffs and to coins and fruit in the air. Fruit helps Yoshi to produce more eggs, which can be shot at enemies in your way. Now because the DS is two screens, and all the action takes place on the bottom screen, what can the top screen possibly be used for? Well, it is probably the best use of the top screen yet. It is just the sky of the level you're on, but there are enemies, coins, and fruit up there, and it is your job to aim the eggs at these objects to get them down to the lower screen. In the baby Mario level, baby Mario is on the top screen, and you draw the clouds on the lower screen to anticipate where he will land. It is very strategy-oriented, and a lot of fun.

Gameplay: 10/10
This is one of the few titles in years Nintendo has produced that matches the old-school fun of it's signature game Donkey Kong. The simple yet complicated levels will want you coming back for more and more. And because of it's easy-to-get-into controls and pick-up-and-play ability, Yoshi Touch and Go is the perfect handheld game.

Graphics: 9/10
They are simple 2D graphics, nothing special about them. But the reason I give them such a high score is that their simplicity is what makes the game unique. It has an old-school feel to it, which is what the whole game is trying to convey. It doesn't need to have 3D graphics, the way it is set up is perfect for the type of game it is.

Sound: 8/10
The sound is pretty good and adds to the game. There are different tunes for different parts of the game, such as when you enter the jungle, the music changes to a tropical tune. Little Yoshi grunts and Mario giggles add to the fun.

Replayability: 10/10
The levels may not be plentiful, but the way Yoshi Touch and Go is set up is meant for you to come back. It's addictive style will beg for you to play again, and the high score tracker will have you constantly vying to beat your own score. The two player mode also adds to the fun, and only one cartridge is needed.

Rent of Buy?
If there is any doubt in your mind about whether the DS was a good purchase or not (I was there, trust me) this title will solidify your purchase of the DS. Get this game, it is by far the best game on the DS and the most fun you will have on any system in awhile. It is fun for old-school gamers as well as new gamers, and it is so much fun that words cannot describe it. Buy this game now!

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 03/21/05

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