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Dotstream is a surprising game for the GBA. You would never expect such a simple-looking game to have such depth, but it does it with good gameplay, high-tension racing, and even some strategy to deal with. Even better for those who want to import, the game's text is 100% English. (Our friends at Lik-Sang can help you with that if you're interested.) On top of that, the game's box is really cool. If you're a pack rat like I am, you'll love the game even more because of it!
Although it is a racing game, Dotstream doesn't look like one initially. There are no cars, trucks, karts, boats or hovercraft in this game. Instead the six competitors in every race are pixel-thin lines, colored in a way that makes it look like a rainbow has split up to navigate a race course filled with simple shapes like squares and columns. All of the tracks could be easily duplicated in MS Paint—the courses are called drawings for a reason.
Dotstream nous surprend agréablement avec ses couleurs vives, son ambiance résolument rétro et sa maniabilité très accessible. Ce jeu de courses a beau être minimaliste dans sa réalisation, il a pourtant beaucoup à offrir pour nous divertir agréablement. Comme quoi, avec quelques pixels on peut encore inventer des formules originales et amusantes.
Dotstream has the distinction of being the first of the series worth the import. Fun, stylish, and well-designed.
Nintendo's Japanese bit Generations games, of which dotstream is one, are trying to hark us back to the good bits of the bad old days, and on this front you can't really fault dotstream. If someone told you it came from 1989, but for its reactive soundtrack and multi-button controls you wouldn't have trouble believing them. The crucial bit is that you'd suddenly wonder how on earth it passed you by, because it's excellent. Let's hope the next bit-G box I tear open's as fun-packed as this one.
Dotstream is the best pixel-racer I’ve ever played. The fact that it is the only one does not make that statement any less meaningful. Actually, it really does – so, I’ll qualify: Dotsteam gets rid of all the extraneous pollutants in the racing genre (Need for Speed ahem), and manages to add some brand new mechanics (heretofore unseen by me anyway), and for that must come highly recommended. It must be added that formation mode is a really nice cherry.
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More than any other of the Bit Generations games, and despite how it may appear in screenshots, Dotstream never feels any less than bang up to date. It may not be pushing the GBA’s already ageing hardware, but it makes for such a polished and cohesive whole that you simply couldn’t imagine it being released any time other than now.
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames
Ce mix de deux genres qui n’ont rien en commun, F-Zero et Tron, est détonnant. L’adaptation de Tron en jeu vidéo, c’était deux pixels qui se battaient en duel en laissant une trace derrière eux. Le but était de rester le plus possible en vie sans mordre la ligne de l’autre. Dotstream reprend ce concept afin d’en faire de vraies courses. À la manière de F-Zero, il y a des boosts à obtenir que ce soit dans les « stands » ou grâce aux bonus qui sont disséminés sur le circuit. Si les premiers circuits sont relativement simples, les suivants sont corsés. Point fort : les musiques très sympas !