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  • Summary: Dr. Mario requires equal parts strategy and speed to achieve victory. Delete viruses by throwing vitamin capsules into a bottle. Since many viruses are trapped at the bottom of the bottle, you must plan ahead in order to eliminate them.In Puzzle League, you'll form a chain of three or more same-colored blocks. When you match up shapes, the blocks on top will fall onto other matching blocks, but if you can't make a match, the blocks rise to the top of the screen. This game also has unusual depth in terms of options and settings which lets players create a custom game experience. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Whereas Dr. Mario is a bit more simplistic and easy to jump in and out of for quick portable sessions, the slightly deeper Puzzle League overshadows Dr. Mario's lasting appeal with its greater variety of game modes, play options and presentation elements.
  2. While the core gameplay here is considerable, and is head and shoulders above most other imitative offerings from other developers, it is still exceedingly bare-bones.
  3. The addition of playing the games from different viewpoints just add some variety and welcome change for newcomers and veterans of these two games, and they're sure to keep players stressful while coming back for more.
  4. 75
    For twenty bucks (and the cost of a link cable, if you don't have yours anymore), it's hard to find a more addictive puzzler [than "Puzzle League."] It's light on the superficial extras, but the basic can't-stop gameplay is completely intact, which is what really counts.
  5. As a package it's excellent to have two timeless games to dip back into whenever you feel like it, but there's still the niggling feeling that Nintendo's pricing strategy for such things is bordering on insane.
  6. What these games lack in style and innovation they make up for in challenge and fun. [Jan 2006, p.114]
  7. I'd give these games a higher score if they were even more economically priced -- honestly, you can find the same quality of gameplay by downloading "Bejeweled" onto your cell phone for $7 -- but they're still worth a shot if puzzles are your thing.

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  1. NajinJ.
    Mar 8, 2006
    two brilliant puzzle games i grew up with. can't go wrong with this one.
  2. TonyG.
    Dec 5, 2005
    2 games!?!?!? that's all??? nintendo your better than that! and $30 bucks!! ?? !! what the ... ?? maybe $14.99 whould have been more acceptable for a pretty much dead system. and who actually plays dr. mario?? game is boring. I only got it for the puzzle league. and if your only buying this for puzzle league, wait for the price drop! I have to admit puzzle league is awsome and has alot of gaming options. worth maybe 20 bucks. next time nintendo, if your gonna sell it for 30 dollars, atleast include some more games. paying 30 kinda feels like your getting ripped off. feels empty. i know you can fit like 30 or more 16 bit games on 1 gba cart. don't milk your loyal fans. take care of us, we take care of you. Expand