Yoshi's Cookie

a game by Nintendo, and Bullet Proof Software

Platforms: NESNESSNESSNES

Genre: Puzzles & Words

See also: Super Mario Games, Puzzle Games, Yoshi Games

Yoshi's Cookie

Everyone knows Yoshi is Mario's dinosaur pal. If you check your trusty Japanese- English dictionary, however, you'll find that the word "yoshi" also means "good" in Japanese. Yoshi's Cookie for the NES easily demonstrates that it's appropriately named. Although this Nintendo version doesn't have the flash of Bullet-Proof Software's SNES game, it packs enough brain-massaging fun to satisfy even the most probing puzzle player.

A Cookie for Your Thoughts

The premise is the same as that of Tetris -- match up identical shapes (in this case, six types of cookies) to make them disappear. But, unlike Tetris's falling shapes, Yoshi's Cookie multiplies the fun and the difficulty by moving cookies in from both the top and sides of the screen. If the screen fills up, it's Came Over, pal.

The incessant, tinny music also adds to the challenge as it will threaten to drive you insane. Thankfully, you can axe the music.

ProTip: If you're down to two rows, always slide one row across the other. There may be matches that you don't see readily.

Your task in Yoshi's Cookie is to clear the screen by creating rows and columns of identical cookies. The game's effective controls enable you to quickly move cookies vertically or horizontally by simply positioning a cursor and pressing a directional button.

Whenever a new round starts, target rows or columns that are only missing one or two cookies.

The Way the Cookies Crumble

There are two game modes to tempt you, a lengthy one- player mode and a tough two-player, head-to-head mode. Both modes deliver a satisfying challenge. The massive one-player mode whips up 100 levels, 10 rounds per level. Fortunately, a wild card, called a Yoshi Cookie, appears each time you eliminate 15 cookies. This cookie matches up with any other cookie.

If you manage to solve all 100 single-player levels, Mario pops up with a code that accesses an Expert's game. Here cookies are replaced by images from your favorite Mario Bros, games, such as ghosts and turtle shells. A warning: Expert's extra challenge is partly due to the difficulty in distinguishing one character from another. However, for the most part, Cookie's graphics are adequate.

  • Here's how to enter the Expert bonus game. At the Menu Screen, set the music to Off, set the speed to High, and select Round 10. Then, press Up and Select.
  • With only a few cookies left on-screen, you might have to quickly reposition cookies if a Yoshi Cookie comes floating in. It automatically links up with the first cookie it touches, and you might miss a game-winning match.

Two-player mode is an onscreen race to see who can eliminate 25 lines of cookies first. For added excitement, you can stack five Yoshi cookies and disrupt your opponent's game -- or your own!

The CPU continuously cycles through five acts of sabotage, and, depending on what action is in effect when you line up your Yoshis, you can scramble an opponent's cookies, block out the screen, or deduct from your own score. If you're not careful, your opponent can control your cursor!

Sweet-NES!

If you've been thinking about stashing your NES in the basement, Yoshi's 8-bit twist on Tetris may change your mind. Puzzle fans ought to be sure to chomp down on Yoshi's Cookie -- just remember to brush your teeth after each level!

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Bullet-Proof Software helped Tetris emigrate here from Russia, and it became the all-time classic puzzle game. Yoshi's Cookie is a Tetris hybrid with some entirely different twists.

Yoshi's Cookie is a fast- paced, match-the-shapes SNES puzzle game starring Mario, Yoshi, and several other characters on loan from Nintendo's Mario World. This time, the shapes you shift are cookies... right, Yoshi's cookies.

The Way the Cookie Crumbles

You start out with a random assortment of cookies lined up in rows and columns in an enclosed playing field. To make cookies disappear, you must move entire rows or columns (up, down, left, or right) until you've successfully lined up five identical cookies.

ProTip: Think of all the cookies on the outside edge of the playing field as being connected to each other.

The cookies come in classic forms, such as Hearts, Half and Halves, Jelly Centers, and Donuts. No chocolate chips, but the cookies still look tasty enough to give you the munchies. However, you'd better think with your brain and not your stomach when you're playing this game, because this game offers three challenging game modes: Action, Puzzle, and Versus.

Action is the basic game. You eliminate rows and columns of cookies as more rows and columns slide endlessly from the top and right sides of the screen.

Finish the 100 stages of the Action mode, and you get a special clue that can lead you into a bonus stage.

Puzzle mode was concocted by Alexei Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris. It's a tough, brain-spraining YC variation for players who enjoy problem-solving but don't like the pressure of cookies closing in on them.

There are 100 puzzles in 10 sets. To solve each puzzle, you use a set number of moves to rearrange a jumbled set of cookies and clear them off the screen. Puzzle starts off easy, but the complexity quickly escalates. As an added incentive, each set you clear reveals part of a special graphic of Mario and Yoshi.

If you prefer a little competition with your cookies, the Versus mode is where the action is! Here you match cookies (and wits) one-on-one in a best of three contest against the computer or a friend. Two five-by-five playing fields appear on-screen. Completing a line in your field adds one point to your Point Meter. He who fills up his Point Meter first wins a match.

Crunch Time

Versus bumps the challenge of Yoshi's Cookie to manic proportions, but it's a kick and a half, particularly when you play a friend. First you select one of four characters from Mario Land: Mario, Princess or Bowser. Each character has attack and defense strengths and weaknesses. A few cookie clashes will reveal effective strategies for each opponent.

During the Versus contest, Yoshi cookies drop into the game's regular batch. This adds a slick bit of strategy and a mean streak to the game by enabling you to wreak havoc in your opponent's playing field. Each time you complete a line of regular cookies; one Yoshi icon appears in your playing field. Lining up five Yoshi's activates seven sinister cookie-crunching moves called Attacks. The currently available Attack appears in a display window. The game randomly selects the type of Attack you can activate at any one time.

The cookie Attacks feature wicked control-grabbing maneuvers that will make your opponent's blood boil and will bake your brain cells, because you can also attack yourself by accident. The Panic Attack scrambles all the cookies on your opponent's screen. Slave enables you to control your opponent's cursor. Blind plasters a three-by-three grid of Question Marks smack dab in the middle of your opponents screen. Shell tosses a Turtle Shell into the cookies, which you can only remove by lining it up with four Yoshi icons.

  • If you beat each of the four players in Versus mode, look for a clue to a code that enables you to compete against four new characters. The new foursome is much more difficult to paly!
  • You can pick your attacks if you line up four Yoshis and position the fifth so that one button press begins the attack. Now, wait for the attack you want to appear on the screen.
  • To quickly counter a Blind attack, by to build a row or column outside the Question Marks.

Looks Good Enough to Eat

The graphics in this game are true to the design of Super Mario World and Super Mario Kart, which makes them familiar, friendly, and fun. In fact, Yoshi's Cookie almost looks like just another weird area in Super Mario World.

The sounds, too, are strictly Marioesque, which means they're cute and generally ear- pleasing. You can pick your tunes whenever you play the Action or the Versus modes. Or, you can turn the music off, always a welcome option.

Just Desserts

This power puzzler ought to keep the best and the brightest occupied for days (at least until Super Tetris drops in from Japan). If you have an appetite for thought-provoking puzzle games, chow down on Yoshi's Cookie. It's no piece of cake.

reggie posted a review

Mario and Yoshi are filling in at the Cookie Factory, and the snacks are piling high!

As fresh baked cookies roll out of the ovens, it's up to Mario to sort and stack 'em before they pile too high! Line up a row of the same kind of cookies either vertically or horizontally, and they vanish. Clear the screen to move on to a new level of munchies-madness! Yoshi appears from time to time to stir things up. Play for high score or go head-to-head against a friend or the computer. The mouth-watering madness doesn't let up!

In the tradition of Tetris and Dr. Mario, Yoshi's Cookie is a heaping helping of lip-smacking, snack-stacking cookie chaos!

reggie posted a review
  • Theme: Puzzle
  • Available: June
  • Levels: 99

Start cooking! That's what you'll be doing in Yoshi's Cookie, the new GameBoy puzzler from Nintendo.

Riding on the success of his first game, Yoshi is back with the help of Mario, of course. It is your job to put five kinds of cookies in their proper rows (all the same kind in each row). Score big when you make a large row of goodies which are cleared for points. The object is simple: get the most cookies out of your batch!

People say:

6

For a puzzle game, the latest offering by Nintendo is an interesting diversion. While it tries hard not to be like Tetris, you can't help but end up with a bad case of deja vu, albeit a somewhat enjoyable episode. This game is not going to set the world on fire but should do well at addressing the masses starved for yet another Tetris.

7

Portable puzzle games have really offered nothing new lately. Once you get used to weird play, Yoshi's Cookie is an interesting idea that really keep you glued to it for hours. Tetris was always a favorite but the little green dinosaur may be taking over. Linking up with another player is still the best.

7

Yet another interesting puzzle game from the minds at Nintendo. The concept is a little hard to follow at first, but after a couple of plays, you'll be setting up cookies for massive points. The game has a whole different feel than Tetris, but fans of portable puzzlers should take interest. A fun and addicting time waster.

7

Maybe Nintendo finally realizes that this is the type of game that really works on the GameBoy! Puzzle games like Yoshi's Cookie are perfect for the tiny unit, and the addiction factor is high. It may not be Tetris, but the new twists are good enough to keep the player's interest. How many falling-shapes games will we see?

reggie posted a review

After the success of his first game, Yoshi is back once again in another puzzler that's sure to be a favorite among puzzle game lovers.

In this new game, Mario is a baker and he is making five different types of cookies. You must take the random rows of goodies and move them around to get all the same cookies in a line. Points are received for creating the most rows which are multiplied to increase your score.

For head-to-head fun, the versus mode pits two players against each other, each racing to get the most rows of cookies within a set amount of time.

reggie posted a review

Yoshi's Cookie for the GameBoy and NES met with such great success that Bullet Proof Software will be introducing a Super NES version of this great puzzle game!

Mario has baked some cookies out of order so now it's up to Yoshi to gather up the cookies and rearrange them according to the same cookie type.

The game play consists of rows of cookies that fall at a feverish pace. Lock a cursor onto a cookie and rotate the pieces around it until you match up three or more cookies. Then the cookies will clear the screen and a tally of those cookies is kept for reference. For more action, try the two player mode. Here, the screen is filled with cookies and the two players must compete to be the first to clear out all the cookies.

reggie posted a review

Nintendo's latest trend seems to be puzzle games that focus on the Dr. Mario and/or Tetris theme. Yoshi's Cookie is a new puzzle game starring Mario's famous dinosaur buddy!

The object is basically the same as many other puzzlers. Catch the falling pieces and organize them so they clear out a row of four simultaneous shapes. As you clear out the shapes, a meter fills up and you can win bonus points and other prizes.

Plug in a second controller so you and a friend can simultaneously compete in these high energy games. Challenge each other in speed games to see who can complete more lines first or just have a simple catch-all game.

And now, for those who feel they must have the comical antics of Mario and Yoshi wherever they go, Nintendo also introduces Yoshi's Cookie for the GameBoy!

Featuring many of the same play mechanics as the NES version, you and a buddy can video link your GameBoys for head-to-head excitement!

The lack of color doesn't detract from otherwise smooth game play! You and your opponent can catch the falling pieces and match them up with similar pieces in the existing rows. Wipe out as many as possible to fill up a meter displaying the kinds you've cleared.

After filling the meter bar to the end, you or your opponent can receive power-ups and a plethora of bonus points.

reggie posted a review

As fresh baked cookies roll out of the ovens, it's up to Mario to sort and stack 'em before they pile too high! Line up a row of the same kind of cookies either vertically or horizontally, and they vanish. Clear the screen to move on to a new level of munchies-madness! Yoshi appears from time to time to stir things up. Play for high score or go head-to-head against a friend or the computer. The mouth-watering madness doesn't let up!

In the tradition of Tetris and Dr. Mario, Yoshi's Cookie is a heaping helping of lip-smacking, snack-stacking cookie chaos!

100 stages plus bonus rounds.

1 or 2 players, or play against the computer.

Choose to be Mario, Yoshi, the Princess or Bowser.

Extra puzzle game from the creator of Tetris.

reggie posted a review

Yoshi's Cookie NES could be a sweet addition to the lineup of NES games. As in the SNES version, your task is to match like cookies in rows and columns, which clears them from the screen. It only takes five identical cookies next to each other to make them vanish.

The NES game features two game modes, Action and Versus. Single-player Action mode is the basic Yoshi's Cookie game. You get 100 games, 10 rounds with 10 sets per round. The rows and columns of cookies come at you alternately from the top and right sides of the screen. As you progress through the game, the cookies come at you fester and fester. Stick it out. If you complete game #100, you earn a reward -- a 99-round expert's game! This time, however, you don't play with cookies. Instead, you're faced with rows and columns of Mario Land characters!

The two-player Versus mode is a race to see who can clear 25 lines of cookies first. You can view your game and your opponent's game simultaneously with side-by-side playing fields. As in the SNES version, you have various Attacks at your disposal, including Blind, Panic, and Slave. Additionally, you can subtract points from your opponent's point meter by lining up five Yoshi's cookies in a ow. However, you can only play a Versus game against a human opponent. If you think there are no good new games for the NES, you might want to eat Yoshi's Cookie.

reggie posted a review

Initially, this game was developed by Bullet-Proof Software and had Hermetica name. It was published by Nintendo, in 1992-1994. In Japan, in 1992 the game was also released for Game Boy and Famicom. And in 1993 Yoshi's Cookie was released in Japan for Super Famicom and for Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and Game Boy in the USA. In 1994 it was released in Europe.

This video game for one ore more player is a fast-paced puzzle that will be a great fun by everyone. It is not hard to play, but at the same time, it is challenging to complete. In the game you just move the cookies placed at random into columns and rows of cookies of the same patterns. After you have successfully gathered a row or column of the equal cookies, the line will vanish. Then you can start a new column or row.

reggie posted a review

Yoshi's Cookie is a fast-paced puzzle game made for the SNES, NES and Game Boy. Yoshi's Cookie is also a backdrop for Puzzle Mode in Tetris DS and a battle stage in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. To play, you move the randomly placed cookies into rows and columns of cookies with similar patterns.

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