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Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Puzzle series still rocks, now with fantastic level creator.

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem keeps up the same level of quality fun that the prior installments of this puzzle-adventure series have given us. If there's any complaint here, it's that Mini-Land Mayhem doesn't shake things up enough -- but then again, you could say, "If it ain't broke, than don't fix it." The puzzles this time around are colorful and lively, with some nice fun bits like robo-apes that will juggle the minis until you place a bridge somewhere to break the loop. Using the stylus to simply stretch bridges across gaps is a nice simple mechanic, but you only have a limited number of bridge pieces, so there's a great deal of strategy in where and when you place a bridge. And, once you've solved everything, the awesome level creator can provide hours -- heck, weeks -- of fun beyond the main story.

Online interaction: You can send the custom levels you create to Nintendo's central server, where they can be downloaded by other players. User-made levels increase the replay value of the game exponentially.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS , Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: November 15, 2010
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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