Saturday, August 7, 2010
Quick Review: Mickey Mouse (Game & Watch, 1981)
And now, for something completely different: a Game & Watch. Remember these? Some of the cool kids in school had them. They were a series of, pretty basic, handheld electronic games produced by Nintendo from 1980 to 1991. And when I say basic, I do mean basic. Effectively these games are simple reflex tests. Nevertheless, for one reason or another, they do have a certain charm. Besides, take a look at the Nintendo DS. Doesn't the layout look extremely similar to a multi-screen Game and Watch?
Mickey Mouse is one of the earliest Game and Watches, dating from 1981, so the gameplay is pretty basic, even for G&W standards. Basically you play Mickey, as he's trying to catch eggs coming from four directions, having four buttons at your disposal, each button for each direction. And that's it. Like I said, pretty basic stuff. I can't really rate such a game high, but I can't deny it has that certain retro charm. Btw, true story, my girlfriend had this as an original and she kicked my ass on it when we tried it recently. Fascinating, huh?