Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. The single-player modes are fun, but the local multiplayer download play clinches the deal.
  2. 80
    Just two bucks for a game you can share with seven other people, even on old DS systems like the Phat and Lite? That's only 25 cents a player for, potentially, hours of entertainment. You can't beat that.
  3. Great value download, with an excellent capture the flag game that it would be positively rude not to try.
  4. Not only do you get a host of new tracks and vehicles, but the same frantic capture the flag style gameplay returns in all of its glory.
  5. Pop Island: Paperfield is great value at 200 points, especially for those who own the original. It is easy to make the assumption that it is a bite-sized edition of the first game, but it is more akin to an expansion pack, throwing new stages and vehicles into the mix.
  6. If you're after an eight-player game on the DSi this may be worth a punt. [Oct 2010, p.97]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Apr 29, 2014
    Having not played the first Pop Island, I had no idea what to expect when I blew my last Eshop money on this game. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised. The colorful visuals, great level design, varied vehicles, fun music, and great pick up and play made this one of the most entertaining 'racing' games I've ever played. As soon as you start the game, you are given the option of 1 of 2 modes, 1 of 3 maps, and 1 of 8(?) vehicles. You unlock the rest as you play the game, gaining points with each flag capture and time you hit the enemy carrying a flag. It's very basic in, well, everything. However, the game strikes near perfect in each of these categories, and even though it's meant for 10 minutes or so at a time, you'll find yourself playing 30 minutes or more with this charming and fun gem.
    Pros: - Visuals (The game looks darn good, especially for a DSi game. The colors pop (pun not intented), the water and land look good for what it is, the characters/vehicles all look good, and the physics are quite believable)
    - Music (There's not a whole lot of music in the game, as in quantity, but what songs there are are extremely fun and upbeat, and suit the fast-paced gameplay well)
    - Gameplay (The rules are simple for the first game mode (I've yet to unlock the second); get the flags to your base, stop the opponents from getting flags to their base, and hit the floating green question mark boxes to spawn more flags. That's all, but it makes for very intense games on the go)
    - Pick up and play/extended play (One of the best parts of the game is it's ability to be enjoyed on the go, or on the couch for several hours. It's hard to get bored of this game at any point during playing it)
    - Price (The game costs $1.99 in the Eshop, and you'll get more gameplay out of this than some Eshop titles that cost $10+)
    - Multiplayer (You can play this game with 7 others online, making for some very fun times)
    Cons: - Content (Even though the game is cheap to buy, the amount of modes, maps, and vehicles is slightly disappointing)
    - Simplicity (The simple gameplay is both a pro and con of this game, and it depends on what type of gamer you are. Personally, I adore the simplicity of this gem, but some might be expecting some more in-depth rules and tricks, but there aren't)
    Overall, there's really not much to complain about. The game lacks content, but it is only $2, and while simple, some people might prefer that sort of thing. The pros heavily outweigh the cons, and you'll certainly enjoy every minute of the fast-paced games with your different vehicles, whether you're waiting for a bus, or have nothing to do for a few hours. If you have $2 in your Eshop, get this game!
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  2. Jul 11, 2011
    8 player through download play at 1.99 makes this game a steal. Pop Island focuses on simple Capture the Flag game modes that are easy to pick up and play with colorful simplistic graphics. The two game modes are simple, the first is simply collecting flags from spawn points distributed around the world and running them to your base. The second is a more standard Capture the Flag mode, where you have to steal your opponents flag and make it back to your base in time. This is a great time waster game at an amazing price. The only real draw backs are the limited number of maps and that gameplay doesn't hold up to extended play times. If you own a 3DS or DSI, pick this up, if just so you can have something to play in quick bursts either by yourself or with friends when the need arises. Full Review »
  3. Sep 2, 2010
    as you know,most dsiware titles that are being released are dum,lame and boring.Especially the ones for 200 points.But pop island was released for 500 points which was a very good game,you could play with 7 seven using ds download play.Luckily,they released another version of pop island which has the same gameplay,controls and even you can play with seven friends using ds download play.This game is just for half the price of the original one.It,s called pop island paperfield,and i'm going to talk to you about it.
    Firstly the controls are the exact same,A button for jumping (if you,re a flying animal or object and press the A button you'll fly higher) and B button for throwing fireckrackers on the opposing team.The gameplay is the same,you must collect flags and return them home.Some characters from pop island are in pop island paperfield (like the penguin and the skateboarding mammoth).Of course,there are different levels (levels in pop island are completely different than the ones in pop island paperfield).Some levels have more water than land,some are the opposite.For that,you must choose tht right character
    for ex. choose mika (the penguin) in levels that have more water than land,mika is really fast on water than on land.But on the other hand,choose rob (the skateboarding mammoth) in levels that have more land than water,rob can catch more speed on land than on water.But anyways,if mika goes on land.Just hold the A button to make him go faster.But it's a bit harder for rob.If he goes on water you'll have to hold the A button too,but he will speed up a tiny bit.There are also flying characters such as corb (the jet) and n'gai (the eagle) which are both good for almost all levels,so choose the smart way to win!
    If you own the original pop island you can unlock 4 new vehicles such as mike (the submarine) and lou (the helicopter) and 3 new maps in pop island paperfield
    In conclusion,I would say that for the game's gameplay,controls,the ability to have multiplayer mode (including ds download play) and its price.This is a game that is very worth buying!
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