Monday, October 17, 2005

Mario Forever

This clone of Nintendo's flagship title Super Mario Brothers faithfully reconstructs the classic gameplay that made this such a massive hit in the 1980s.

You play Mario, the mustachioed plumber and unlikely hero, whose mission is to save the life of his long lost love.

The rules are simple: progress through the increasingly difficult and bizarre levels, collecting as many coins as you can while killing any turtles or malicious mushrooms that get in your way.

This kind of 2D platform gaming is never going to be ground-breaking, but the classic gameplay still prevails.

With gaming now placing a heavier emphasis on beautifully rendered landscapes and jaw-dropping graphics, Mario Forever at least reminds us that classic gameplay was once a necessity rather than an afterthought.

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