Format reviewed: Sega Saturn
Submitted by: Steve L.
From the excellent maestros at TAITO comes this charming and colorful little adventure platformer. Released in Arcades in 1990, then ported to TG-16 in 1992 and finally the Saturn in late October 1998, Mizubaku (AKA Liquid Kids) has players traversing all matter of worlds through the form of a platypus named Hipopo. Your weapon is a water bubble (known as a Mizubaku, hence the title) that you toss at enemies. For smaller foes, it'll freeze them where you can thereby launch 'em across the screen taking out all in its path (a la the shells in Mario games)
This is good ole fashioned platforming fun. The pastel-colored worlds, the tricky little enemies, the goal to get the highest score possible, this is early '90s gaming at its best. After you beat each world you have a choice to take the left or right path… so the game offers multiple paths to provide further longevity. Here's a tip… after you beat Cloud Land do NOT select the left door!
Just trust me, OK?
I've beaten the game once, but haven't been able to since. It's a fairly challenging game but with 99 continues and fair continue points, it's possible to beat with the right amount of know-how and perserverance. If you have controller chucking anxiety though, buckle up… some parts may have you ready to throw a fit.
Unfortunately Mizubaku is one of the harder to find Saturn imports around, as well as one of the most sought after and expensive. It's not uncommon to find complete copies hitting the $90 mark or even cracking the magical triple figure barrier.
Overall Mizubaku Adventure is a great game that I'd recommend, but again it is pricey and very very hard to find. Is it worth it? Only you can answer that for yourself….
But it's definitely one of the many cool oddball Saturn imports out there. Good luck!
Finally, try this cool bit: At title screen press left, right, left, right, left, right, A, B, C, A to unlock a semi-translucent bubble mode and English option. Groovy!
It is import only and for a full review see my website RVGFANATIC