Parents' Guide to

Mr. Driller DrillLand

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Cartoony puzzler digs a fun, challenging niche for itself.

Game Nintendo Switch , Windows 2020
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While this is about the world of underground puzzle games, it's not about some illicit network of shady brain teasers. Instead, this is Mr. Driller DrillLand, a colorful and cartoonish puzzle game that literally takes place under the ground. This is a remake of the 2002 Japanese GameCube game and, while the game has gotten a bright and shiny new HD paint job, it's the core gameplay that going to keep fans coming back for more. Despite its age, the game is still a fun puzzler built on a strong bedrock foundation that's managed to stand the test of time.

Make no mistake, Mr. Driller DrillLand is not an easy game by any means. While it's easy to pick up and play for all ages, the game's difficulty curve is still steep. There's a lot to try and keep track of as players dig their way to their goal. Aside from monitoring things like air levels and color matches, there are times when some rubble left higher up in a stage might come crashing down unexpectedly later. It's tense and nerve-racking, but it's still fun. This new version of the game includes a Casual mode to help ease players into the experience by reducing the amount of air used, making enemies weaker, and otherwise reducing the difficulty. It's still a challenge, but at least a slightly easier one. Add in multiplayer for up to four players and more collectibles than you could fill a rock quarry with, and you've got one virtual amusement park puzzle game you'll like taking a vacation to.

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