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  • Summary: Electroplankton is a "touchable media art" game that presents the player with "soothing music" and graphics on the DS's two screens. The game features 10 "digital planktons" that respond to players when they touch the screen or use the microphone. Planktons react by making gestures and sounds of their own. The game takes further advantage of the DS's microphone by recording and playing back sounds and voices as tunes. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 49
  2. Negative: 4 out of 49
  1. If you have a DS, find a way to procure this game. You will find yourself mesmerized in a way that is profound, delightful and extremely satisfying. [JPN Import]
  2. 85
    Electroplankton is not a game in any sense of the word. It is art, plain and simple.
  3. With a beautifully simple interface and very loveable creatures, Electroplankton won't fail to put a smile on your face - and isn't that what really counts? [GamesMaster]
  4. As much as I love and appreciate all that is unique and wonderful about Electroplankton, there simply isn’t enough lasting appeal provided here in order for me to muster up the must-buy recommendation I really do want to give this title.
  5. 70
    But without the helping hand of the developer to offer some set goal or accomplishment, it ends up a smidge too shallow and empty to really be something as fulfilling as a final Nintendo DS product.
  6. 70
    Unfortunately, unless you're extremely into music making, your fun will run out before too long. The inability to save anything really hurts as well.
  7. 10
    Pretentious bullsh.t. Playing with tiny, microscopic things. Paying $35 for a game that's suckier than the free games that came with your cellphone.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. JesseF.
    Jul 20, 2005
    I completely disagree. The selection of guns is fantastic.
  2. JMax
    Feb 15, 2006
    Ignore the philistines. This is not a game, and if you approach it that way, you won't like it. In fact, I'd go so far as to say this is the first piece of interactive art ever released on the Nintendo DS. It's art in the same way that John Cage used transistor radios to create music. It could very well end up being a watershed title...it might end up being the first true art in an interactive medium. Imagine if an artist like Christo or a composer like Xenakis (if he wasn't dead) was to write a program for a game machine! If it happens, we may look back and see Electroplankton as the first! Buy this now! Expand
  3. Mar 23, 2011
    There are far too few positive examples of games that are art. This is one of them. As it is, its a difficult to find and somewhat expensive game, but now that the individual plankton games are for sale on the DSi, people shouldn't miss them! The game is a simple music maker, thats it, but the way it does so is so inviting and creative you'll love it. Also, its design makes it so that you'll never have the same experience twice, always discovering something new and original about each time you play each game. My advice: plug in your head phones and take your time. Totally worth it. Expand
  4. SteveN.
    Jul 22, 2005
    Amazing, and entertaining. Awesome replay value as it's different every time you play...very fun with a casette tape adaptor and a sterio!. A must have. Expand
  5. JeffE.
    Jan 25, 2006
    Great conceptually and visually but the lack of options is a shame. I don't care so much about the absence of saving that everyone seems to be dwelling on because... if you wanted to keep your creation you could just record it and save it that way. Some of the modes are disappointing - like the Beatnes mode for instance where the interface is awesome but the NES background music and sound effects are obnoxious to try to create something with - they should've had an option to turn the bgmusic off and included more usable sounds for it. It would also be nice to combine the fruits of different modes into one creation... again a possibility for multitrack recording though... All in all a joy to mess around with but just knowing about these audio capabilities would make anyone beg for something more robust. Expand
  6. ChrisD
    Sep 22, 2009
    A fun and creative time killer, but not much more. Unfortunately small and limited. I loved it dearly for about a week and never touched it again.
  7. John
    Jul 11, 2005
    For an FPS, it's not very good. Not a big enough selection of guns. Repetitive enemies.

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