Dr Mario is an arcade puzzle game which was orginally released on the GameBoy back in 1990 and has now made a delightful appearance for the Nintendo DSi. If youâ€™ve ever played Tetris, then youâ€™ll know itâ€™s based on a similar mechanics.
Players take on the role of Nintendoâ€™s favourite plumber, Mario and turns him into a doctor with a huge medicine bottle. The game consists of dropping two sided vitamin capsules into an eight block by 16 block grid which is populated by three viruses which are coloured; red, yellow and blue.
There are 6 types of capsules, with each one being a combination of two of the three possible colours. Players rotate and position their capsules on top of and alongside these viruses to eliminate them. Both viruses and capsules are destoyed when four or more of the corresponding colours are placed in a row or column. Players complete a level by killing all viruses. The game ends if any of the capsules end up obstructing the bottle neck at the top row of the field.
In classic mode, players are given the choice of 10 levels to choose from, ranging from easy to hard.Â Setting the virus level raises the number of viruses you encounter.You can choose the level of speed you want to begin with, from low to high. Choosing the speed determines the game’s background color; the low option making it dark green, Medium being blue, and High being grey, and also sets the capsule drop speed.There is a selection of different music to choose, from Fever, chill or random. I still love the music from this game, itâ€™s so upbeat and wacky. There is also a CPUmode where you can battle it out against an AI, if you wish to try that out.
The game is a classic one and not to be missed. I has simple instructions allowing players to use the A button to rotate the capsule clockwise and the control pad to move the capsule around. Itâ€™s very easy to play and quite simply a game that will keep you entertained for a very long time. I love the fact that the graphics looked particulary pleasing to the eye. The game is still feeling as responsive as when I first remember it, back in the 1990â€™s.
If you were a fan of it back then, then I see no reason why you wouldnâ€™t want to play it on the DSi. Itâ€™s quirky, fun and addictive, because once you start, youâ€™ll have a hard time putting this classic game back down. Mario fans will favour the love and appeal of Dr Mario with its delightful and troublesome viruses.I suggest you make an appointment with the doctor today.