Friday, October 5, 2001 Volume 67, Issue 32


Game Boy Advance resurrects 'Final Fight' 

This week, we take a look at three Capcom game releases.

First up is the new Game Boy Advance title, Final Fight One. As the title suggests, this follows the trend in GBA games, being a port-over of
the Super Nintendo title Final Fight.

Final Fight wasn't exactly a unique title, beat-'em-ups having been common back in Nintendo days when titles like Double Dragon and
Battletoads were the frontrunners.

Final Fight had a decent story line for its time as well as cleverly designed bosses and a game engine that was later copied by numerous

Final Fight One recreates the original game play faithfully, with only a few problems -- in its vertical scrolling and the handling of enemies
partially offscreen in combat.

If you're a fan of the original Final Fight, this is a nice title; if not, wait for the next round of Game Boy Advance fighters from Capcom.

Grade: C

Next up are two new puzzle games -- Toki Tori for the Game Boy Color, and One Piece Mansion for the original PlayStation.

Toki Tori's storyline follows a young, newly-hatched chicken who is traveling around to rescue stolen eggs and return them to the chicken
coop where they belong.

Okay, so it's not much of a plot -- the fun is in the game play. Sporting various weapons and abilities such as teleports and bridge building,
Toki Tori has to navigate two-dimensional levels and collect the eggs.

Each zone has different enemies to contend with as well, and a different weapon to deal with them.

For example, forest monsters are frozen, while ghosts must be dropped through the floor. Toki Tori can't jump or fly, nor can he run very fast,
so planning is extremely important in finishing the level.

Capcom also left in some decoy abilities -- it is possible to finish many of the levels without using every ability allocated for the puzzle.

The combination of cuteness and the brainpower to finish the puzzles makes it an interesting and time-consuming title.

Grade: B+

On the flip side is One Piece Mansion -- where Toki Tori is all about careful, measured action, One Piece Mansion is a fast-moving title
requiring instinct and quick thinking.

In the game you play as a landlord, carefully arranging tenants like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.

Certain tenants cause stress in certain directions, so it's important to pay attention to where they are, getting the other tenants out of the way
as much as possible.

If you don't? They'll stress out, eventually exploding and causing massive damage, the repair bill coming right out of your pocket.

Arranging things isn't as easy as it seems, however. In addition to the known quantities, there's a tenant called the Rounin, whose stress
features aren't known until he moves in.

On your side is the occasional tenant like Ai-chan, who reduces the stress of her neighbors instead of causing it.

If you didn't think that was hard enough, the game also features massive impediments -- mob cronies from Syndicate 5, troublemaker tenants
sent by rival landlords to cause your complex troubles, and the occasional fire starter all wreak havoc.

This is where your own troublemaker tenants come in -- arrange them right, and they'll drive the troublemakers and the mob out, bringing
peace once again to the apartment building for at least a short while.

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