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Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! Is a puzzle game that was released for the Nintendo DS in 2011 and is the newest version as the Mario Vs Donkey Kong games which have been quite popular.
In this game, the aim is to guide 3 Mario wind ups though Mazes and Obstacles without letting him die, this sounds easy however the Mario's do not ever stop and it can be hard keeping track of all your wind up dolls.
This game has a little story though out it, which gives it a more interesting twist to other puzzle games, here is a brief overview of the plot:
Mario is at a grand opening of a theme park called 'Mini Land' and the guest of honour at this opening is a 'celebrity' called Pauline, the first 100 guests into the theme park all get a 'mini Pauline doll'. The trouble starts when Donkey Kong is the 101 person in line and doesn't get his own Pauline Doll so instead he gets a little crazy and then takes the real Pauline captive and Mario must go through the theme park and a number of puzzles to finally save Pauline.
There are quite a few puzzles in game, they are all divided into different levels and worlds, each level gets harder as you progress. You also need to collect 3 coins in each level to finish the game 100%, these are easy to get at the start, and then get harder as the game gets harder, this feature of the game gives your brain more to think about and gives the game more playability in my opinion.
You can also save other characters such as Princess Peach or Toad that are trapped in boxes throughout some of the levels in the games, this also adds to the game difficulty and gives this game a bit of a difference to the other Mario vs Donkey Kong games.
You can create your own levels within the construction mode in this game, this is also quite fun as you can think up really hard puzzles to complete yourself or maybe challenge your friends with your self made levels.
To guide the Mario's through the levels you simply use your Wii Stylus to tap the screen and the Mario's change direction, you also can draw different platforms and manipulate some of your surroundings to get your Mario's from one place to another. It is a really easy concept, though the levels in general can be quite difficult. I like that it is easy to play this game, but harder to master it.
The interface on this game is really easy to understand and it does not take long to navigate through to where you want to go in the game from the title screen.
The graphics on this game are what you would expect from the Nintendo ds, they are bright colourful and cartoon styled, they could be described as quite child-like compared to games available on the Xbox or Playstation, but I think that this is what attracts Nintendo fans as games are light hearted and fun to play/look at.
The music on this game is motivating and gets you pumped up to participate in thepuzzles. It is upbeat and is not out of place compared to what you would normally find in a Nintendo game.
I bought this game in HMV for £35, this is quite expensive for a ds game as in general Mario games are normally more expensive. You can also buy this game in Game, GameStop, Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys or online, I am sure that these stores also stock the game in around this price or even maybe a bit cheaper.
Overall I think that this is a great Puzzle game, and its also nice that it has a game story and plot throughout it, I think this makes the game more interesting. Some of the levels can be very challenging, though it would be boring if they were too easy. I think that this was a great buy, though a bit expensive. I would recommend it to anyone who loves Mario and would like to play a puzzle game with a bit of a difference to it.
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