Format reviewed: Game Boy Color
Submitted by: Mike Fryatt
Wario Land II was first released in 1998 for the GameBoy, this the later released colour version of the game ehich was released in 1999 soon after the release of the GBC console.
A nice featre of this game is that wario is indestructible. The player doesn't lose any lives, just has their progress slowed. What's strange about this game is that sometime's an enemy can actually help wario rather than hinder him. Coins are the important part of this game, as you help wario to colect his stolen treasure. The Black Sugar Gang, headed by Captain Syrup, have stolen all of Wario's treasures yet again and its up to you get it back. At the end of levels, a couple of mini games are played, winning helps unlock a treasure map that will eventually unlock a final level.
Most platformer games are linear in their narrative, which at first glance is true for this game, however after a first playthrough, secret exits in levels are revealed, allowing the player to enter through one of these secret exits, each altering the stroyline and these will in turn alter the game's ending.
This is an enjoyable game to play, it doesn't fit in with the conventions of other platformer games which isn't to everybody's taste but it is nonetheless intruiging.
I'll leave you to make your own minds up about this game, I suppose its a bit of a marmite game. You either love it or hate it, there are those taht see it as an interesting, highly playable platformer that brings new ideas to the table, and there are those who feel the developer's got it completely wrong and it goes against what a platformer should be like.
Myself, I really liked the game. I found it challenging,but not in a way that would make me want to give up, the gameplay is not what you expect and takes a bit of getting used to. Patience is required though, as trying to defeat a boss when you can't die can get a bit frustrating and certainly isn't as easy as it sounds.