Nail 'n' Scale
Okay, Puzzle People, put on your thinking caps - and your hard hats. Nail 'n' Scale by Data East is a fun, tricky, little Game Boy cart. One or two-players (consecutively) try to guide a miner minor through 50 stages filled with maze-like masses of blocks. You "scale" the blocks by tossing nails into them. The nails eventually disappear. But if you're quick, they provide you with enough toe holds to climb to a wooden door and into the next stage.
The action isn't fast-paced, but in order to complete a stage you have to bum some brain cells. You can break some blocks by jumping on your nails. Other blocks are coated with nail repellent. Weird creatures such as teddy bears, bee boys, bat kids, and other bizarre nuisances hinder your path. You can nail them, but they only disappear for a few seconds. Obstacles like fire pits and rolling balls force you to rethink your route.
For a cutesy little puzzler, the graphics in this cart are on par with other Game Boy games, although they don't break any new ground. As with most Game Boy games, the music is best turned down LOW.
Nail 'n' Scale is a good brain-teaser. This hard hatted, action/maze game is sure to keep your interest nailed to the Game Boy for a few hours.
- Be warned: creatures come back to life in the same spot that you nailed to them.
- Always use the side-scrolling area map to find the best path, since there are usually two escape doors.