When this game first came out, I wanted to play it, for I enjoyed the Wario Land
games when I was younger, and was pleased to learn that our favorite greedy fat man returned to platforming. Upon actually playing it, however, I was disappointed.
Now, the game didn't start bad, even though it was different, but I didn't like how it would force touch-screen controls on you. Apparently, Suzak (the game's developer) thought that button controls were too practical for it, so of course it was a brilliant idea
to put touch screen controls in their place. I could understand the touch screen being used for transformations, but attacks like punching (which the Wario Land series did not do, due to a lack of a touch screen) and breathing fire (in dragon form)? Really, Suzak? If I recall correctly, the artist transformation would have been perfect for that sort of thing... had it actually been polished up a bit more. Sadly, it wasn't, and it wound up being irritating just to try to draw a heart (or even write a letter in certain puzzles) at times. The not-so-stellar controls made what could have been understandably difficult parts (such as some puzzles and boss battles) into (for me) a bizarre combination of Fake Difficulty
and honest Nintendo Hard
difficulty. I remember getting rid of it by selling it to a Game Stop and being thankful I wouldn't see that game again in the house.
But as you see here, Suzak gets primary blame: Why did you make the game this way? Why couldn't you refrain from forcing us to use the touch screen too much? However, Nintendo
also gets partial blame for allowing this in the first place. Were they desperate or something?
The next Wario platformer, Wario Land: Shake It!
(The Shake Dimension
in other areas) appears to be more of a return to form, but I've never had the pleasure to play it any more than a few seconds, so I can't speak for that one.
All in all, it was a disappointment. I think we deserved better after all these years of waiting. Shame on you, Suzak, for making this mockery of the Wario Land
games! And shame on you, Nintendo
, for not checking the game thoroughly enough!
It gets a 1 out of 5!