Super Mario World players know and love Mario's pet dinosaur pal, Yoshi. Fresh from his SNES adventures, the faithful reptilian steed returns to serve Mario again in an engaging Game Boy brain game all his own.
The Sky Is Falling!
Yoshi by Nintendo puts an interesting new twist on Tetris spinoffs. Four famous Mario Bros, enemies fall onto four trays at the bottom of a deep well. You, as Mario, can switch, swap, and rotate the trays in an effort to empty the well. The play control is simple and smooth. Two identical characters stacked vertically disappear, but pile more than seven nonmatching characters and the well overflows.
On top of the four standard icons, two halves of Yoshi's eggs descend from the heavens. Match two shell halves, and Yoshi hatches for bonus points. Sandwich characters between the shell halves, and you'll chalk up mega points and crush the captured baddies! The Yoshi feature is the game's power point, and it definitely keeps the action fast and furious.
Yoshi's speed, difficulty, and scenario setups are adjustable. A Type is the standard survival-of-the-quickest game. In B Type, the well is already filled and you try to clear it In the excellent two-player mode, you and a friend face off with Game Linked carts. You can force the opponent to goof by dumping crushed icons on his side!
Yoshi's visual components pass the GB acid test with flying shades of gray. The graphics are fairly clear and distinct, despite the small Game Boy screen. The three music ditties won't drive you nuts, which is all you really want in a puzzler.
Tetris players looking fora new Game Boy challenge have their work cut out for them. Yoshi doesn't quite top that block-stacking classic, but it's loads of fun-especially in versus mode. Puzzle game addicts should make Yoshi a healthy habit.
- Character matches are worth the same score on any stage. Start on Type A's slow Level 1 to snag the most points!
- Arrange your icons so one of each variety Is on each tray.