Written by  :  Demian Katz (2318)
Written on  :  Apr 27, 2004
Platform  :  NES
Rating  :  3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars

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A cute and classic action/puzzle game

The Good

This is the first game I ever played featuring the successful formula of box-moving puzzles combined with monster-dodging action, and it remains a favorite. As the game's levels unfold, new challenges, items and strategies are gradually revealed and built upon, allowing the player's puzzle-solving ability to grow as the difficulty level increases. This feeling of steady progression, combined with appealingly cute graphics, makes for an entertaining and satisfying puzzle game.

The Bad

The problem with a game that consists of a linear progression of puzzles is that it can grow frustrating if the player gets stumped by a single puzzle. It's too bad that there is no way to skip a tricky puzzle and come back to it later, as this would help keep the player engaged and prevent the game from being abandoned. Another inherent flaw with this type of game is that agility-based puzzles can become irritating when the player knows how to solve a level but doesn't have the manual dexterity to actually do it. A lesser flaw is the fact that the game's soundtrack is the same song looped endlessly; more variety would have been nice, though the signature tune is certainly catchy enough to get stuck in one's head.

The Bottom Line

This is a cute, well-designed action puzzler that, in spite of some potential frustrations, remains as engaging as it was when it was first released.