Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (Available exclusively on the eShop for the 3DS)
ESRB Rating: E
Number of Players: 1
Developer: Nintendo Software Technology
Release Date: May 9th, 2013
Download Size: 426 Blocks
Minis on the Move is a 3DS game released exclusively on the eShop. It’s inspired by the Mario vs. DK series, but with a huge focus on puzzles. It plays like the classic game Pipe Dream, only instead of water you need to navigate Mario (or any other mini) through a maze while trying to collect as many coins as possible.
The level editor is definitely the best feature of the game. Right from the get go, you’re given all the tools necessarily to create truly epic mazes. What’s great is that you can then share them online. The game isn’t even one week old and already there are tons of awesome levels available for you to download. Someone who falls in love with this game could play this for ages thanks to this one feature.
+ Good use of the franchise. Lots of characters from the DK and Mario series appear here which will please longtime fans. The music is also catchy and the visuals are charming with some nice 3D effects in the background.
+ Pretty lengthy game. With over 60 levels in the main mode, you’ll be playing this for a while.
+ Extremely challenging. I’ve never been good with puzzle games, but this one started getting frustrating not long after the tenth stage. Should push even puzzle veterans to their limits.
+ Fun simple gameplay. You get the hang of it pretty quickly, and it’s nice to see a toy Mario navigate labyrinths.
– A bit too simplistic. While the game does add many more obstacles along the way, the premise of Minis on the Move is very simple. It’s just not that exciting to begin with. I’m sure this will appeal to a certain niche.
– The mini-games are not worth your time. I tried each one once and never had any motivation to play them again. Boring stuff just thrown in there to fool people into thinking there’s more than just the main game.
While I’m sure there’s a audience for this game, Mario and Donkey Kong just doesn’t offer much to warrant a purchase. It gets old quickly and is something only hardcore puzzle fans should check out. I would wait until the end of the month when Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D hits the eShop for some DK love. At ten bucks, it’s not the worst purchase you could make. Just know that it doesn’t have much to offer besides the main mode. If that doesn’t seem appealing to you, skip it.
Final Score: 6.0/10