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This review is from: Electroplankton (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
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. All pretty uncontrolled and fairly unusable as a serious musical instrument, yet very enjoyable.
Not really a game for the 'gamer' out there, but for someone wanting something enjoyable to play around with, without having to get into completing levels and gaining points, this is a fantastic choice.