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TWISTING THE NIGHT AWAY

was a big fan of Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble, which pioneered the tilting gameplay that powers Yoshi Topsy-Turvy. However, this is not simply just a rehash of that title with a Yoshi makeover. In essence, this is an SNES-era platformer, albeit one that manages to breathe new life into the genre with some fresh mechanics.

Here are the basics: you control Yoshi in the conventional manner, with the d-pad and face buttons. However, the real novelty comes from influencing the environment with the cartridge’s tilt sensor. You can swing giant pendulums, roll huge rocks back and forth, unroll platforms, guide a sinking balloon towards coins, and many other cool tricks. You can also tilt the board to allow Yoshi to walk up walls or slide down icy slopes.

All in all, it’s a neat trick. Nintendo is really making an effort, in big and small ways, to change the way we play games, and this is another inventive example. Topsy-Turvy will certainly make you approach traditional platforming from a fresh perspective. I just wish as much thought had gone into the level designs, which are, for the most part, pretty standard fare. Still, with the dearth of quality GBA titles on the market, this should be one of the year’s highlights for the system.

  -MATT

LISA   8

Innovation is cool. Nicely executed and generally entertaining innovation is even cooler. The twist mechanic is making a reappearance in Yoshi Topsy-Turvy and, besides a few minor gripes, is a really funny, creative use of the gyroscope. Most of the levels and motions are great – unrolling tubes of grass sod to squish enemies is a blast. At just under a handful of hours, the quest is certainly adequate, but feels a wee bit short for my tastes. Also, the difficulty curve is a little too abrupt. But the graphics are cute, and the environment’s puzzles twist the brain just enough.­

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