Mario vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!

25.02.2011

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This great game awakens memories for all adults who were introduced to video games in the 1980s, and a fun DS game for all who were born long after this.

”Mario vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!,” is based on early Nintendo classics where Donkey Kong rolled out barrels and made life difficult for Mario, who were on a quest to save himself and many a beautiful princess. The concept of this game has, in other words, roots dating back to the 1980s, still; it is  more fun and engaging than ever.

In this game, your task is to help Mario get around in different worlds by making roads, building bridges, setting up trampolines and more. At the same time, you have to avoid the many traps that lurk everywhere. You don’t control your character the usual way, Mario runs by himself and you need to pave the way for him. Often you have to try, fail and re-think a plan until you succeed. You need to use your head to solve the different puzzles on each level.

Towards the end of each level you are challenged by Donkey Kong, who will not give up the princess without a fight...

The DS game includes special levels, which are all quite challenging, as well as various mini-games. You can even build your own levels that can be shared with friends or exchanged via the Internet (DSi version only).

Child suitability:
The game is easy to learn and play. The level of difficulty increases as you play, providing a natural progression for players of different ages and skills.

Sound and graphics: The games are built on Nintendo's classic graphics and sound – very colourful and child-friendly. There is no offensive or intimidating content of any kind.

Level of difficulty:

3-6 years: The graphics are simple and easy to relate to. The game is easy to learn and play, even for the youngest. As you progress, the levels might be a bit difficult for this age group.

7-11 years: The game is well suited for this age group.

12-15 years: The game is well suited for young people who like platform games.

16+: The game will also appeal to young people and adults, especially to those who remember or have played Donkey Kong games in the 1980s.

 Suggested age: Suitable for children from 4 years.

Format:
Nintendo DS

PEGI: 3

Our Assessment: Recommended

Other reviews:

IGN.com

Gamespot.com


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