Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Great Gaymathon Review #24: Electroplankton (DS)

Game: Electroplankton
Genre: Music
Developer: indieszero
Publisher: Nintendo
System: Nintendo DS
Release date: 2006

Shortly after Electroplankton arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago, an astute Twitter friend of mine suggested I "approach it as a musical playground. Don't look for faults, just have fun experimenting." That seems to be advice everyone should follow after booting up this Toshio Iwai-designed title. Another worthy piece of advice for Electroplankton newbies: Skip the rather yawn-inducing "audience" mode and go straight for the "performance" mode, where you're able to interact--using the DS' microphone and/or touchscreen--with any of the game's 10 music-making plankton. My favorite is Rec-Rec, by the way, since it allows you to create, using the DS' microphone, simple--four-track, four-second--songs. Beatnes, which lets you embellish--by tapping on the diamond-shaped heads, spines and tails of some particularly peculiar-looking plankton--a quartet of well-known Famicom/NES tunes, is a close second. Sadly, you can't use more than one type of plankton at a time, nor can you save any of your creations. Don't let that keep you from giving Electroplankton a try, though; this digital instrument is well worth the price of admission if you're a music junkie--or even if you just like DS releases that utilize the dual-screened system and its distinctive features in enjoyably unique ways.

See also: Previous 'Great Gaymathon' posts


LottieTwintails said...

I kind of always wanted to play this. Then after Smash Brothers Brawl had a stage based on this game, it REALLY made me want to.

Now, if I could only find it! Apparently the individual modes were released as separate DSiWare games, but I'd rather have a real copy and all that.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Hey there, Kamiwoo!

Honestly, if you have a DSi or a 3DS, I'd buy one of the DSiWare versions and see if you like it before buying the full-on DS release.

It's a very nice piece of software, and I'm glad I own it, but I can see how some would find it boring or not worth the price of admission.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

The rec-rec mode had me amazed for hours!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Rec-Rec is pretty cool, isn't it? I wasn't completely enamored with the game until I tried that particular plankton...

RetroKingSimon said...

I've been intrigued by this one for a while, purely due to its name and cover. I must admit, it's not really what I was expecting but it still sounds interesting :)

Bryan Ochalla said...

It does have a great name and cover, doesn't it? It's in-game graphics are pretty nitfy, too. As for it being interesting -- it is! It's probably not for everyone, though. Basically, if the premise sounds fun, you'll probably like it. If it sounds boring, you probably won't.