term "classic" as applied to videogames
is as overused as "comic genius" is used
to describe any person that is able to make the mainstream
chortle for a short duration. I know some people that
call every old videogame a classic whether it's good
or not. I use the term as it was intended to be used.
For me to consider a game a classic it has to be at
least 25-years old and it certainly must have had
to have been a good game during its prime. Marble
Madness and Klaz aren't old enough to fit my definition
of true classics but both were pretty good games.
But that was then and this is now and I can tell you
with certainty that one of these games is not the
same as it once was.
Madness is an awful port. I don't even know where
to begin. If this was the first game that was ever
created for the GBA I would have thrown both against
a brick wall in a mature display of displeasure. Action
speaks louder than words after all, and I would have
also made sure that it wasn't my GBA. No wonder I
don't have any friends.
Madness has clearly lost its marble. The damn thing
doesn't even roll. It floats along the environment.
The animation is terrible and the physics is so stiff
that it makes you feel like you're moving a hockey
puck along an ice ridge. There is no feeling of smoothness
in either the graphics or the control system.
if Marble Madness wasn't half-assed enough, it only
contains three levels instead of the six original
levels. So it's a half-assed version of half a game.
Considering how bad the game is maybe that's a blessing
in disguise. I wouldn't want to play any more than
three levels. And should I even bother to mention
that there isn't a two-player mode? Another feature
cut in half. Marble Madness may have lost its marbleness,
but it's left me mad.
the other hand, Klax is an excellent port and almost
worth the price of admission alone. From the graphics
to the gameplay and all points in between there's
nothing to want from Klax except perhaps the ability
to retain the high score. For those of you unfamiliar
with Klax it's similar in execution to Tetris. Colored
tiles roll down a ramp giving you just enough time
to identify the colors and where you should place
them in the bin below. Linking similar colored tiles
causes them to disappear. If you manage to form three
or more combinations you will increase your score
gameplay of Klax is fun and intense. The more you
play the better you get. It's very addicting. The
controls are perfect and the colors are vibrant and
easy to gauge. The music and sound effects are the
same as the original.
find it very strange that one game is so good and
the other one so bad. Perhaps the title of this duo
should have been re-titled Jekyll and Hyde. It's like
the developers just gave up on Marble Madness halfway
through the development process. I advise you to go
one better and give up on it entirely. Rent this game
but do it for Klax. Don't even bother playing Marble
Madness least you be tempted to slam your GBA against
a brick wall.