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Digital Press - Classic Video Games
The game has two different specific depth challenges - survive 500 ft and 1000 ft - and a survival mode, which is theoretically endless. Each provides its own opportunities for strategizing your way towards a better score. Unfortunately, there's no battery in the cart to save your scores, and there isn't a multiplayer mode, but with the fun you'll be having, these details won't be important.
Also, since the Game Boy Color's main demographic revolves around solitary consumers with modest amounts time on their hands, the lack of multiplayer support or extra gameplay modes doesn't hurt the game's GBC release as much as those of its console cousins. Sure, Tetris DX is still the most well-rounded GBC puzzle game, but Mr. Driller puts up a good fight, with three distinct modes, excellent visuals, an original premise, highly addictive gameplay, and a sickeningly charming lead character. If you're the type of person who can forgive a lack of features for an otherwise impeccable game, Mr. Driller might be a decent addition to your puzzle game library.
All Game Guide
In all, for those of you who enjoy puzzle games that require fast fingers and an even faster brain, Mr. Driller is worth a look. Don't be turned off by its action appearances, because there is quite a bit of strategy involved. Just don't expect to be able to play it with a friend. Hopefully, if they make a sequel, it will have more in the way of options.
Mr. Driller is definitely not of the same caliber as Tetris, Klax, or Puyo Puyo Sun in terms of a puzzle game, and as an action game it lacks a lot of variety to egg you on to later levels. As a Game Boy Color game, Mr. Driller is a nice five or ten minute diversion, but it doesn't have much to keep you going for more than that.
Mr. Driller is by no means a bad game, but it just didn’t grab me the way that the PlayStation version did. That being said, any fan of the action-puzzle genre owes it to themselves to at least check the game out and see if it’s their style. It may not have infinite loads of replay value, but it certainly is a pleasant little ride while it lasts. The only question is how long it’ll last you.
Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames
Pour ceux qui souhaiteraient néanmoins persister, les modes de jeu proposés ne sont pas suffisants, il faudra se contenter d’Easy, Hard et Survival. Quelques variantes de jeu auraient été appréciées et sauveraient les afficionados de l’ennui. Même le mode Deux joueurs est passé à la trappe ! Dommage, car la réalisation est d’un bon niveau : les graphismes sont mignons et colorés, la bande sonore est entraînante et l’animation ne pose aucun souci puisqu’elle reste assez limitée dans ce type de jeu.