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I am really into my DS again and have been playing quite a few games but the most recent one I am loving at the minute is Mario and Luigi partners in time. I have played on it for 2 hours today (when I should have been doing housework - oh well!) and it is great. A good game but slightly repetitive but no one the less I like it and will probably continue with this one now till the very end. Here is why it is a worthwhile addition to your collection.
Mario and Luigi partners and time is available on the DS and it has a very bright front cover which shows Mario and Luigi and then also a mini Mario and Luigi and then purple mushrooms and the title of the game at the top of the box. It is still around the £25 - 30 mark so quite expensive but it is good. The certificate is 3+ which is about right as I think this game is completely suitable for everybody.
Ok so the game is based on the kingdom being overtaken by UFOs and Princess Peach (as always) is taken. It is up to Mario and Luigi to rescue everybody by going to different places and collecting shards. As they travel in time though to find the shards, they come into contact with mini Mario and Luigi who then decide to join them on their travels.
The story is good because I would say about 5% of the game is story so you get to follow what is happening and get into the game but it does not interrupt your playing time as I hate it when games are 50% story, it drives me mad. The playability of this game is great and there are plenty of save points so you can pick it up and leave it whenever you like.
This game has very distinct levels which I love as you can keep track with how far you are progressing through the game. I have been playing it for at least 5 hours now and I think I am about 70% through so it can be completed quite quickly which I know is not a great thing. I will update this with how long it actually did take me when I finish it.
You play as both the big and mini characters which is fun and the aim is you go across the levels working out puzzles and strategies to get you to the end of each one. As you go across you will come into contact with a lot of baddies and when this happens you go into a battle scenario. This is good as you take your turn and then the baddies take theirs and each time anybody hits anybody it takes away your HP.
The repetitive part of this game does unfortunately come from the battles. They are good and I enjoy working out how the different baddies do work but they are very samey! You can only battle by throwing yourself on an enemy, using flowers or shells and that is it. To be honest though it is the same as normal Mario games so I didn't really expect anything different. It still doesn't spoil the game for you as it is so fun.
The moves in this game are limited but again this is like all Mario games. You can basically jump but as you are controlling 4 characters, you have to remember which button to press for each. I do not think it is as hard as Mario platform games as they have some pretty tricky levels but instead this game is for everybody to play.
The look of the game continues with the fun, bright and colourful feel throughout. My favourite level had loads of trees and bright browns and purples which looked nice but the game as a whole is very simple looking but they have made it lovely to play. It looks the same as most Mario games which I love anyway so a winner in my eyes.
In conclusion I think that this game is worth buying if you are a fan of Mario games. I have found it addictive and fun and I think it looks great. You know how some games, everything looks the same and it gets a bit dull, well this one is bright and bold and does not get boring at all throughout the game. A great addition to everything Mario.
It loses one star purely for the repetitive aspect.
Thanks for reading.
P.s. If I have missed anything can you let me know as I haven't done a game review in a while.
What is this?? I thought when I saw Partners in Time on the shop shelf. I love Mario, but before this I'd never played any of the so called Mario RPG games. I was sceptical, to say the least...
And then I played Partners in Time. And I'm not sceptical any more... because it's great! In fact I regret ignoring these games because I enjoyed Partners in Time more than any Super Mario platformer since Mario 64 came out!
So what is it? This is a cross between a Mario platform game, and a Japanese RPG. The view is top down, but the game still has platform sections in it. And the combat has a lot more depth than simply jumping on baddies' heads.
Partners in Time is a weird, weird game. For a start, you don't control one character - you control four - and I mean four at the same time, independently. Yeah, that's Mario, Baby Mario, Luigi and Baby Luigi. At first this is tricky, but soon it feels great. This feature alone gives the game a great original feel in the platforming sections.
Combat is turn based, and available moves range from your expected Mario fare to... well, I don't want to spoil it, but imagine the over-dramatic and bombastic moves available in such games as Final Fantasy VII and adapt them to the Mario world! The fights are surprisingly tactical, and every baddie in the game seems to be well thought out. There's not really any button bashing here - but if you've worked out the most effective way to fight, it can be a doddle.
Of course, being an RPG, there is also a fair bit of dialogue in Partners in Time. The dialogue is not only really well written, it's also full of in-jokes that gamers will delight in. I guess this may be something that will put some people off, I personally found it to be quite funny as it gave the game a dry, self-aware side.
Overall, Partners in Time is a very different sort of Mario Game. If you're used to the standard Mario platforming you may be a little confused at first. Play it for a while though, and you'll realise that this is another experience completely... and one that's equally great.
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time is a sequel to Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. In this game the brothers travel back in time to retrieve Princess Peach, only to come face to face with baby versions of themselves, the princess and Bowser. They then have to team up with their younger selves to save the princess!
That means you can play as either the grown up or the younger versions of the mushroom kingdom inhabitants, which makes it rather a unique game. The graphics are lush and bright and very pleasing to look at. The music isn't annoying as some games background music can be, but then Mario games have always been the recipient of fun, catchy tunes. There is plenty of content here, it could take up to 25 hours to complete, depending of course how much you want to explore and spend battling enemies to gain items and to level-up. Overall this is a very entertaining, engrossing game that it well worth a purchase!
Mario, Luigi and Baby Mario and Baby Luigi join forces against a dangerous new evil known as the 'Shroobs' from another planet in this action RPG.
Cute graphics and animation (even for Nintendo), fun gameplay and an dialouge that could make anyone laugh out loud make this a real charmer.
The combat and RPG system are simple yet involving enough to make you care about character progression and ensure the strength of your party.
Your success relies on your ability to use the special powers of each 'bro' to overcome different obstacles, terrain and enemies and progress through the storyline.
The game has many secrets and special equipment that you can find to enchance the power of your party, from digging up beans (which are sought after by a familiar bean-obessed character) to making giant leaps of faith onto hidden platforms, all of this empowers the player and makes for rewarding gameplay.
Funny, cute, challenging and full of great content, even though you certainally dont need a stylus ;)
And you thought their last adventure was insane? In this sequel to Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the brothers travel back in time to retrieve Princess Peach, only to come face to face with baby versions of themselves, the princess and Bowser. Teaming up with their young selves will soon send Mario and Luigi on a quest of lunatic proportions as players must control both the adult AND baby versions of the Mushroom Kingdom heroes. Players use the top screen to study the land, keep track of the pair of brothers not under their control or maximize combo moves in battle. With twice the Mario brothers and twice the laughs, this massive side-splitting adventure could only find a home on the dual screens of the Nintendo DS.