A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Violence & Scariness
Mario-style cartoon mayhem: stompings, egg-throwing, and some fireball spitting.
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Products & Purchases
Part of the popular Mario universe.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this colorful, charming game has a lot of youth appeal, but may be challenging for the youngest players drawn to its visual style. The game demands a lot of precise jumping while dodging, stomping, and shooting eggs at enemies. Many levels require strategizing and puzzle solving. The touch screen on the DS rarely comes into play; instead, gameplay spans both screens (leaving a small missing region in between that can hide important visuals).
Is It Any Good?
Don't be swayed by the images of pacifiers and diapers -- mastering Yoshi's Island DS is not child's play. The game makes good use of its two screens, although the touch sensitivity rarely comes into play: The screens work together to create a tall window into the jungles, deserts, and haunted ships that constitute the Yoshis' world. This trick complements the action, letting players see platforms high above or toss an egg from on high. Players can expect to spend a lot of time airborne, moving between floating platforms and using the Yoshis' ability to flutter kick and float.
The gameplay is top-notch, but the game stumbles in a couple of areas. Although the double-screen view looks nice, there is a missing section of space between the screens that can hide treasure and enemies. Also, some of the levels are punishingly difficult, and players may die dozens of times, particularly if they want to collect most or all of the treasures. But even when Yoshi's Island DS becomes frustrating, it's hard to put down.
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