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Game and Watch Gallery 2

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Reviewed by Scott Eddy This is one of the first two games released with the debut of Game Boy Color. Now, many of the younger gamers under the age of 18 may have no clue as to what Game & Watch is. They were little portable units that had a LCD game and a digital watch combined. Most of the ones I remembered (I owned Parachute and Donkey Kong; both are included in this game) came out in the early 80's. So, now you kids know something else that was Nintendo was doing before the words NES, Zelda, and Rumble Pak were ever conceived.

Graphics 10 out of 10

This game really shows what the Game boy Color can do when playing the Modern Modes of the games. Seeing Mario, Luigi, Peach, etc. in Color in great backgrounds is true eye candy. While the Classic Mode may make some of you choke, they do look perfectly like their original units. Also, if you don't own a Game boy Color and you really want to enjoy this game, get ready to shell out $60-80 bucks for one, because this game does not deserve to be seen in grey.

Music and Sound 9 out of 10

The music is, in a word, cute. Take what you will from that. It's not annoying to me at all. The sound is not bad at all either. Hearing Mario going through the pipes, for example, is not bad whatsoever.

Game Challenge 8 out of 10

Timing is the challenge. Once you get the timing down, you'll succeed very well. However, getting the timing down is another matter. The goal of the game is to score 1,000 points of each mode and difficulty of the individual games. Again, it's much more difficult than it sounds. The Gallery part the game is the bonus. Earn Stars playing the games, and the amount you have will unlock tips, secrets, music, and even a hidden game (maybe more). You'll be wanting to earn more and more Stars, just to see what you'll unlock.

Game Play-Fun 6 out of 10

Some of the games are fun. Donkey Kong is still addicting to me very much. However, some games get boring fast. If you aren't into simplistic, nostalgic gameplay, you'll probably be looking for another cart to play. The Gallery adds to the fun. Every time you earn a certain number of Stars, the more you can access in the Gallery. One interesting feature is that if you pause during a game and shut your Game boy off, when you turn it back on, you can pick up exactly where you left off.

Frustration

The timing is the most frustrating part. If you slip up once, you're dead. Also, it seems that in each game, an obstacle in particular to the game will appear too frequently. This happens most when your just below 100, 200, 300, etc. points. However, you'll be able to give a sigh of relief once you pass this number barrier for a few seconds.

Replayability 7 out of 10

Once you have earned approximately 120 Stars, you've pretty much unlocked the Gallery completely (or have you?). However, this game will keep you hooked for a while. However, a while will pass, but you fell a sense of relief knowing you conquered a setting of a game. Now, you have 3 more to go, so get to it.

Game Value 7 out of 10

If you like the Game & Watch series, or are looking for something to challenge your sense of timing and reflexes, buy this game! If you think these games are too simplistic, you may want to at least borrow it off a friend. This game is a must try!

Overall 7 out of 10

Even though in a year from its release, this game will end up for sale in bargain bins, paper ads, etc., it is a nice game for now. Classic gamers will enjoy living their childhood playing the classic and modern versions of those old LCD games. By the way, there is no actual "Watch", so you'll still need one on your wrist.

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