A colorful parade for a grey game
Yoshi's Island DS is a good platform game for the Nintendo DS. We can find its predecessor in the Super Nintendo's Yoshi's Island, a game that set out the guidelines for the games based on one of the most beloved characters of Nintendo: Yoshi. Nintendo DS managed to take the essence of that game, with ups and downs...
Graphics are the first thing to mention. We have colorful stages and lots of enemies (especially lots of shyguys). We have also different babies with different powers (almost all of the main characters of the Mario series are in the game) to access different areas during our journey.
As always, we have many items to take as well as many different objectives to achieve our goals including extra levels for our enjoyment, following the same structure as the other games that Nintendo released for their main characters of the company (talking about platform genre). There are many levels (specially if you want to complete all of them by taking everything on each level), but the game is not difficult because you have an amount of lives never seen before (take this Mario! Who needs you now that I can take 999 lives instead of the 99 that you can reach?).
Music is good, but maybe some more songs would have been better. No problems with the FX.
There are many things in this game that aren't good, but the main problem is that the game isn't on a par with the other games of Nintendo, specially comparing it with the first Yoshi's Island for the Super Nintendo system. It's a good game but nothing more, just it, a platform genre game that deserved something better. In Super Nintendo the game featured many new effects that made the game special, bit this one has nothing new.
You'll go through sheer hell if you want the game completed 100%. It's really difficult to take all the items for each level. When you start maybe you'll try and you'll do, but once you go further you'll start losing your lives (which is something not important because you'll have a lot) and your time (that's the matter). It isn't funny to get 20 red coins, the 5 flowers, all the stars (no hits) and the special coin on each level. There's no need to mention how difficult it could be in the extra-hardest levels unlocked, it's frustrating for all the players. To sum up, the game is really easy if you don't want to complete it 100%, but it's a punish if you want to achieve that goal.
Gameplay's not bad, but jumps aren't good, and we're talking about a platform game, so, that's something really important. Apart from that, it's complicated to take back the babies once you've been hit by an enemy.
The Bottom Line
Yoshi's Island DS is a good game but nothing more. A nice representation of the colorful world of Yoshi that we saw on Super Nintendo but with no new things added. Anyway, it's a good game if you're looking for a platform game, but don't waste your time trying to get all the items (specially in the extra levels) because you'll begin to hate the game as soon as you start to lose all your lives.