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While neither game is all that great to look at, both offers hours upon hours of entertainment. I'll have to disagree with Lisa on Puzzle League. It rocks, and getting it without annoying Pokemon involved is a bonus in my book.
Das kam ziemlich unerwartet: Sowohl Dr. Mario als auch Puzzle League präsentieren sich in spielerischer Topform! Speziell der schnauzbärtige Virenkiller macht heute noch genauso viel Spaß wie vor 15 Jahren, dank optischer und akustischer Frischzellenkur ist auch der Generationenschock nicht so groß wie beim Release innerhalb der NES Classics-Reihe. Puzzle League ist nicht ganz so zugänglich und brillant, aber immer noch ein mehr als solider Puzzler, mit dem man, auch und gerade dank der vielfältigen Spielmodi, sehr viel Zeit verbringen wird. Besonders nett finde ich, dass man Demos der beiden Spiele an den verkabelten Freund schicken kann – leider benötigt der Mehrspielermodus in jedem Fall ein zweites Modul. Nichtsdestotrotz eine der empfehlenswertesten Knobel-Compilations unserer Tage!
Retro-Klassiker im Doppelpack für Gehirnakrobaten.
If you're a puzzle game fanatic, you won't go wrong adding Dr. Mario/Puzzle League to your collection. Sure, the overall presentation is lacking energy, but the gameplay in both games, particularly Puzzle League, is compelling enough to keep you coming back time and time again.
Actually it's very simple: either you like puzzles or you don't. If you love sudoku's or computer games like Zuma, Chuzzle or Bejeweled, you obviously belong to the second group, just like me! And then you'll probably be happy with the good news: with Mr. Mario & Puzzle League you get two puzzle games for the price of one.
Both these games still work out great on the Game Boy Advance, but it’s a missed opportunity for Nintendo to offer up the same impressive presentation it did for Panel de Pon as it did on the N64 and Game Boy Color. Instead, the company quickly threw two games on a cart and called it a day. The games certainly stand on their own, and for a good price. Just don’t expect any huge production and you’ll be satisfied.
I’m not quite sick of Nintendo’s incessant re-releases of my favorite games. In fact, I liked the trend until this budget-friendly, but feature-lacking, double pack. Dr. Mario and Puzzle League is an unfair release to fans of these classic mindbenders. Less than a year ago the good doctor’s game hit shelves with wireless multiplayer support and, I don’t mean to speak for everyone, but Puzzle League could have never come back to retail and I would have been okay with that.
These are both classic puzzle games, and putting them on the GBA only serves to give gamers another way to play them. Excluding some of Dr. Mario's image-size issues, it's really hard to complain about these games. They're basically the same as they have always been, minus the aesthetics. Puzzle game fans have probably played both of these games before. Pick this game up only if you're looking to play them on the go.
Oh, and the collection also includes Dr. Mario, but frankly it's hardly worth mentioning given that it's the third iteration of the game on GBA (if you count the "Dr. Wario" mini-game in Wario Ware, and you really should). Dr. Mario was entertaining enough in its time, but the march of progress has proven that the game's main asset was that it was the first major attempt to rip off Tetris. Now that lots of games -- better games -- have borrowed Tetris' shtick too, it's much easier to accept that Dr. Mario is, in fact, pretty boring. But hey, if you still dig it, more power to you. You'll be happy to know that this version features some spruced up graphics reminiscent of Dr. Mario 64 (but none of the extra playable characters) and a few extra tunes.
While not the hottest ticket in town, Dr Mario & Puzzle League have more than enough to recommend a purchase for fans of puzzle games or fans of multiplayer GBA games. If modern graphics, sound, and music are a must-have for your games, you want to look elsewhere, but the rest of us can find plenty of relaxation and enjoyment in this game to make it a worthy purchase.
As a package it's excellent to have two timeless games to dip back into whenever you feel like it, but there's still the niggling feeling that Nintendo's pricing strategy for such things is bordering on insane. When similar puzzle titles can be bought in enormous compendiums on other systems for next to nothing, you have to wonder how it's possible to charge full price for two ancient puzzle games. So that leaves us with a dilemma: we love both games dearly, but would we pay what Nintendo's asking? Not in a million years. One to snaffle up in the post-Christmas sale, for sure.
While Dr. Mario is a hugely popular Nintendo franchise, many Nintendo neophytes may not recognize Puzzle League under its current name; however diehard puzzle fans may recall the various monikers the series has assumed over the years, such as Tetris Attack, Panel de Pon, and Pokemon Puzzle League. In Puzzle League, players are tasked to match three pieces of the same color to eliminate them before the screen fill up--simple and entertaining.
Handheld games are convenient in size, but carrying around multiple carts can be a hassle, and being able to pick from these two games adds value. By no means is this a revolutionary release, but puzzle games as a rule age more gracefully than other classic games. It would have been nice to see more features, or for the games to have undergone more of a facelift, but you can't go wrong with spending some time with either of these options. Dr. Mario & Puzzle League is a good choice for any puzzle enthusiast looking for their next challenge, and the best part is you don't have to pay twice.
However, despite all that, the game does have its merits. First off, it is solid puzzle gaming on-the-go, and Puzzle League is great fun (and others could certainly get some enjoyment out of Dr. Mario, too, I suppose). The games have a few GBA enhancements, including a sleep mode so you don’t have to start all over again when you put your GBA away, and there is even a sort of built in instruction manual for each game, which should come in handy with whoever you may eventually swap cartridges with. And, to top it all off, there are a variety of different play modes, including multiplayer.