|System: DSi||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: ODENIS Studio||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: ODENIS Studio||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release:Dec. 7, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-8||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Pop Island has a sweet presentation, with rainbow-style menus and unique character design. All the funny, cube-shaped animals are loaded with a nice pair of ahem wheels, skis, etc., which turns them into some fancy vehicles. The graphics in general don't have the "wow" factor, but they definitely have the "cool" factor, with plenty of colors, cute character designs, and diverse environments.
Also, the game sports some poppy, classy tunes - very suitable for the game, and some cool sound effects as well. But, visuals and sounds aside, the best part of Pop Island is its multiplayer gameplay. You can compete against not one, not two, not three, but seven other friends via local DS connection. Eight-player multiplayer is hard to come by these days, especially considering this game is not even asking the other players to own the game. The main menu lets you share the demo via DS Download Play, and anyone with a DS, DS Lite, or DSi can receive it and start playing. As long as they keep their system turned on, they'll be able to try out the solo mode and the multiplayer.
Another unique aspect of this awesome multiplayer is that the characters and planets are all unlocked, so you can have unlimited fun with it right off the bat. You may not have a whole lot of fun when playing by yourself, but playing it with other friends is a guaranteed blast. For a lower budget game such as this, especially at the $5 price tag, you can't really go wrong. If you have some DSi points to spare, make sure to invest them in Pop Island. Not only will you like it, but your friends will really appreciate it!
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