A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players do no evil; they simply control miniature Marios as they march through maze after maze searching for a kidnapped princess.
Violence & Scariness
The mini Mario robots sometimes encounter obstacles that will disable them, such as spiky floors and fireball-spitting plants. They will explode in a puff of smoke should they come into contact with these impediments.
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Products & Purchases
This game is part of Nintendoâ€™s prolific Mario franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a downloadable game available only as DSiWare through the DSi Shop. It has some violence -- the miniature Mario robots will explode should they come in contact with obstacles such as spiky floors and fireballs -- but it is mild. Players can design their own levels and share them over the Internet, but all uploaded puzzles are vetted for inappropriate content by Nintendo before being distributed to the public.
Is It Any Good?
The genius of Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again is in the way it gets players to not only think strategically but also act quickly to ensure the safety of their miniature Marios. Players begin by analyzing the game environment and trying to envision which pieces need to be moved, and when. They then set everything in motion by tapping each tiny Mario to start them off on their short journeys. Sometimes things will go exactly to plan, but just as often you'll need to make adjustments to your strategy on the fly (the Marios can't be stopped once in motion) by piling up blocks to keep the robots from moving too quickly or removing a pipe bridge so that one can fall to a lower level to retrieve a missed card or coin. It keeps players thinking far more than an average platformer while offering a challenging test of reflexes that is rarely seen in most puzzlers. Bonus: It's just as much fun for adults as it is for kids.
It's not particularly long -- you can play through the initial 40 or so levels in a single afternoon -- but the ability to create your own puzzles and try those that others have created means you could be playing Minis March Again for months. Not bad value for an $8 download.
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