25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a 'game' in the traditional sense
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...
Published on 4 Jan 2007 by S. Brooks
3.0 out of 5 stars Dive into the musical world of Elecktroplankton, just don't be expecting to spend much time in there.
Music has increased in games in the past years, there has been more involvemnt in the players abilty to create music. Whether your rocking out in Guitar Hero or jamming along in Jam Sessions. Well say hello to Elecktroplankton the new musical device on the block, but how does Elecktroplankton fare agaianst allof the others. Will it leave you gasping for air, or send you...
Published on 6 Dec 2008 by William Stubbs
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dive into the musical world of Elecktroplankton, just don't be expecting to spend much time in there.,
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Electroplankton (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)Music has increased in games in the past years, there has been more involvemnt in the players abilty to create music. Whether your rocking out in Guitar Hero or jamming along in Jam Sessions. Well say hello to Elecktroplankton the new musical device on the block, but how does Elecktroplankton fare agaianst allof the others. Will it leave you gasping for air, or send you plummiting down into the deep?
To call Electroplankton a game would be misleading to people who read this review, it is not so much a game, there are no objectives, no goals, no aims and nothing to unlock. From the moement you start up the game, you already have everything. This may sound bad but thats not Electroplanktons way, it has it's own course that will soon set you in motion.
When you start you are greeted by two modes, Performance mode and Audience mode. In Audience mode you play the role of the audience and can simply sit back and relax to what the game wants you to hear, but all of it is very well done. You can also participate but you'll just mess it up so I'd advise you just watch. Performance Mode is where you control everything, lets go deeper.
In this mode you chose one of 10 "Intruments" these instruments are like microrganisms and each one sounds compleltly diffrent and is used completely diffrent. The first one for example is Tracy, to use this one you must simply draw a line, then one of the tracy's will follow that line and create piano like music.
As I said each one is diffrent, so I cannot say what one you'll spend most time because it's your taste in music that plays a heavy role. The game has mostly tunes you'd expect to hear in a yoga class or health spa, but there is and can be some rock, rap, techno and even a Mario theme. Ofcourse these are just basic and you can pretty much create any type of music that you want.
The game however isn't very deep, you cannot do that much, well not well anyway. You are limited to 10 instruments which arn't the same but sound similar, and a couple of them an't even that good. And there isn't a whole lot you can do with them since the intruments can not be combined and must be used solo.
The whole game is controlled with the touch screen and done pretty well, anybody can just pick up and play and its very reposnive. The Mic is also used aswell, not very well mind you as it finds it hard to read the noises of claps but its there, use it or don't.
Graphically the game is a wonder to look at, it may be simple but some times simple is enough. Just think of flOw and you'll pretty much have the same thoughts. The plankton also are very nice, the bubbles in the backround make it that much better to.
Well the music is the game is hard to rate due to the fact you yourself do it, but one thing that is great is the small things. Like the sounds of the bubbles contuilsy playing in the backround, but over than that it relys heavly on you.
The value on this game is incredably short I'm afraid, you can actully see everything the game has to offer in less than 10 minites, and unless you have the pateince to sit down and practice with it there is no incentive to keep playing. As I said before, there are no goals, no set task. Another bad point which could have been changed is the fact you cannot save anything you do, if you suddenly create a musical masterpiece you won't beable to save it, which is a big shame.
Electroplankton is a hard game to describe, it's a good musical device that when time is spent can be quite good. However with no saving abiltys and a lack of depth makes it a wasted oppertunity. So go ahead, dive into the musical world of Electroplankton, just don't be expecting to spend much time down there.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amusing enough. Not really a game.,
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Electroplankton (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)This is a perfect example of why the Nintendo DS occupies very different gaming territory. This little 'game' feels very trendy and novel. Its fun to watch people play it for the first time just to see how they react, but there is very little point to it and perhaps, that is where it excels. Some of the musical 'tasks' are very relaxing and soothing. Others give you very little option as to what sound you make next and you end up sounding like a cat walking across a piano(completely random). Yet others, use only the sound of your recorded voice, electronically altered and played at different speeds, varying the tone and pitch until it is completely indistinguishable. Only really fun when used in the company of other people. Like using helium to alter your voice.
If you need to ask yourself 'what is the point?' Then you have missed it completely.
Though, be warned, if you are expecting a game don't waste your money as once the novelty wears off you will only 'play' it for ten minutes every couple of weeks or so. Just to remind yourself of the pointlessness...
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but expensive,
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Electroplankton (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)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 would advise you to look else wear to find a cheaper price for this game.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it or loathe it - I love it!,
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Electroplankton (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)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.
I think this is a true work of art, but maybe not for the hardcore gamer...
12 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype,
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Electroplankton (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)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 words) and in that context it is difficult to find fault with it.
As brilliant and unique as Electroplankton is, there just isn't enough here to keep most players - myself included - entertained for more than a few minutes before moving on.
Electro-plankton might have been more engaging if it gave you goals, such as coming up with a certain number of notes in a given amount of time or having to replicate songs and riff on them. It should, at the very least, have allowed you to save your work; instead, your musical creations are fleeting and forgettable. I just wish there was more to do than peer at the screen and say, "Like wow, man. Heavy."
To conclude, You turn it on, draw out some cool sounds for a couple minutes, and then shut it off wondering why you can't save anything. There's no game here, limited staying power, and no real incentive for you to buy this game.
My recommendation: Trick your mate into buying the game and borrow it once.
6 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is that all it does?,
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Electroplankton (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)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. Very little play value, and not particularly entertaining. This is a great shame as the idea of entertainment software which isn't exactly a game and which is gentle and utterly non-violent is a good one, but this package doesn't take the idea anything like far enough. Please don't give up Nintendo, but please try a lot harder.
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