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Electroplankton (Nintendo DS)

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
 Ages 3 and Over
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000CI8EXA
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 11.8 x 2 cm ; 159 g
  • Release Date: 7 July 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,735 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

In Electroplankton, art and music collide to create a wildly fresh interactive audio experience. Players will encounter 10 unique species that respond to their touch and voice to create unforgettable sounds and melodies. Interacting with this wide and wild variety of Electroplankton is as simple as sliding the stylus across the touch screen. Toy with Tracy plankton and listen to their music as they swim along drawn lines. Players clap their hands or use their voices to lead a microscopic synchronized swimming team of Nanocarp. There are 10 fascinating plankton to play with in all.

The latest work by world-renowned Japanese media artist Toshio Iwai, Electroplankton bursts to life exclusively on the Nintendo DS. A new interactive music and media experience awaits watch it, touch it, listen to it ... and feel it.

How to progress: In Electroplankton, players poke, rub and draw on the touch screen to stimulate odd aquatic plankton and create their own music. Each of the 10 unique Electroplankton features a completely different sound and visual style.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a 'game' in the traditional sense 4 Jan 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Electroplankton is not a conventional video game. The graphics and method of control are highly stylized, and there is no standard game 'ethic' to follow. There are no levels, scoring or 'enemies'; the result is a beautiful and enjoyable, if a little limited.

It is best to consider this game as an experiment, or concept; it is definitely not to everyone's taste, but those who do like it will understand how important these type of games are to the industry in the development of next-gen systems. The same people will understand when I say that the obvious amount of time, effort and care that has gone into creating this game makes it almost worth the price alone.

Incidentally, Gary Hilton's comments below, voicing a dissenting opinion than the general consensus here, have been cut & pasted from a variety of poor reviews for this game (they can be found on This leads me to believe he hasn't even played the game, so any potential buyers should perhaps discount his 'review' when coming to a decision.

In short, a very rewarding game, when played in the right frame of mind.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Opposite of 'Game' 28 Mar 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Electroplankton is astoundingly beautiful to look at, to listen to, and gently wonderful to play. It's the exact opposite of most games: you have nothing to collect, no enemies to kill, no time constraints, special moves or upgrades, just gorgeous little sprites to manipulate and tinkle about with.

The complaints of Electroplankton that you can't save, and that there are no levels, no save options and no goals: these are the very reasons for this game to exist! It's an anti-game. A relaxing, playful, imaginative, inventive riot of beautifully rendered sprites and glorious musical doodling. It's an experience that you can lose yourself in for hours at a time, everybody who plays this game has a smile on their face, it's infectiously happy and brilliant. I wish I could give it more than just 5 stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Innovative music fun 17 Feb 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Electroplankton is a wonderful game, and a wonderfully fun musical toy to have around. Its enjoable, music-based sytem is fun and because of its non-savable music, endlessly replayable. However, although as soon as you switch it on you will be hooked for hours, there is no real incentive to go and play it again. Also, the musical sections, or 'Electroplankton', although varied are not really numerous enough. you can explore all of the games sections and features the first couple of times you play. But still, this is one of the best and most beautiful games for the Nintendo DS, and well worth your money.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Electroplankton 26 April 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
To call Electroplankton a game is in many ways pushing the definition of the word. The closest I can think of would be to call it something like a toy or plaything, but that really does undermine the charm and thought behind the game, perhaps something like 'Interactive media' would be more appropriate.

Designed by the artist Toshio Iwai, electroplankton does without the many trappings of a normal game, there are no levels as such to complete, and no real aim to what you do, other than to play about with the various types of plankton, and listen and watch the results as you manipulate them in the different ways, so I can say right away that someone looking for a challenge and set game to work their way through will be sorely disappointed, on the other hand, if you are looking for something incredibly charming and enjoyable to pick up and toy about with for a few minutes, or for an hour could be in for a treat.

In electroplankton you are given a choice of a variety of 'plankton' to play with, small happy creatures that you can manipulate in different ways that will create different sounds and sights for you. These range from a plankton that can record a small audio clip through the mic and distort it in various ways (Volvoice), to plankton that follow a line drawn by the stylus (the speed, shape and starting time all affecting the resulting sound)(Tracy), plankton that grow slowly emitting sounds as they grow and mature (Sun Animalcule), and a looper that plays through some familiar tunes from the nes, that you can improvise over by tapping the buttons onscreen, creating small passages that loop before fading away (Beatnes).

None of these are particular complex, but are fantastic fun to play around with to create enjoyable sounds.
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90 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a music game 19 Mar 2006
Getting back to the analogy of Electroplankton as a visual-musical instrument of sorts, that is almost what you can expect from this game. Some people complain that there is no save feature. If you are ever reading something and someone says that the game should have a save feature, I will bet you $15 [not really] that that person has not played the game. Imagine playing a piano, or any other instrument. There's no sheet music in front of you. You hit a couple of notes, and you think they sound pretty good together. But did anything `save'? Nope. You want to hear those notes again? Go ahead, play them again. And if you can't remember them, then you get to play around with more notes until you find them, by which point you will probably have found another sequence of notes that sound good together. That's the essence of Electroplankton; it's all about experimentation, which in turn can produce pleasing audio and video patterns. Not necessarily music, and not necessarily a movie, but a little of both. And continuing the piano analogy, you could sit down at a piano and spend thirty seconds playing every single note on the piano. I've done it, it can be pretty amusing. But even if you do, you have yet to hear even a tiny fraction of the sound that piano can produce. Only when someone uses those notes in a creative way is anything accomplished.
So let's talk about Electroplankton itself, finally. It probably takes longer to just explain the principle behind it than how the game works. When you start it up, you have three options: Performance mode, Audience mode, and a sound setting (speakers or headphones). If you choose Audience mode, the game will start playing one of the ten plankton species on its own, randomly as far as I can tell.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilled out musical fun.
I got this game for my 4 (now 5) year old as a lot of games for this age group are either dreadful TV/Movie tie-ins or have far too much text to be enjoyable for a younger player. Read more
Published 21 months ago by BlitzyBlitzyBlah
4.0 out of 5 stars Japanese craziness
I first encounted this game some years ago on a trip to japan and found it stupidly addictive! It uses all the DS interative capabilities to make the little plankton things chirp,... Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2010 by Mr. Dominic J. Kinsey
4.0 out of 5 stars a game that's not a game!
i've bought this game two times now, not because i can't stop playing it, but because when i pick it up it induces a feeling of contented pleasure. Read more
Published on 11 May 2009 by A. Cunningham
3.0 out of 5 stars Dive into the musical world of Elecktroplankton, just don't be...
Music has increased in games in the past years, there has been more involvemnt in the players abilty to create music. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2008 by William Stubbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it or loathe it - I love it!
To begin, this isn't really a game. There are no levels, no scores; nothing. You just make music in various modes with the plankton. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2007 by Ben Oliver
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing enough. Not really a game.
This is a perfect example of why the Nintendo DS occupies very different gaming territory. This little 'game' feels very trendy and novel. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2007 by Charles Lindenburgh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but expensive
Electroplankton is an excallent game, it may not have any missions or levels but has an excallent game play overall i think that this game is great but is highly over priced i... Read more
Published on 26 May 2007 by M. Sulaiman
1.0 out of 5 stars Is that all it does?
Failing to find what this game does, I resorted to reading the manual. Where I discovered I had actually found 90% of what Electroplankton offers. It simply isn't enough. Read more
Published on 22 April 2007 by Coyote Mike
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype
Electroplankton's value is very difficult to quantify, and on its own terms succeeds in what it set out to achieve- a `touchable media art' piece of software (creator Toshio Iwai's... Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2006 by Gary Hilton
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