Yoshi Topsy-Turvy Game Boy Advance


Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
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  1. 50
    The tilt concept most likely looked great in a design document, but in practice the idea makes everything feel forcefully clunky.
  2. It's not a bad game by any means; it's just a repetitive and disappointingly short one.
  3. Cheat Code Central
    This is a rushed job and one of Nintedo's worst in several years. Are these games filled with broken tilt mechanisms? You decide.
  4. Game Informer
    All in all, it's a neat trick. [Aug 2005, p.108]
  5. 40
    Topsy-Turvy's sensor isn't quite so advanced -- it only picks up three moves: left, right, and neutral. This gives you far less control over the onscreen action, and can be especially frustrating when you want to roll that boulder just a tad to the right so that you land on it instead of that pit of spikes after you jump.
  6. If you are a fan of platform games and love Nintendo's previous efforts you won't find much fun or excitement here.
  7. GamePro
    While it's pretty easy to do the minimum required to pass each checkpoint, getting special items will demand a flexible imagination that stretches far beyond simple 2D. [Sept 2005, p.81]
  8. 40
    Yoshi's latest adventure simply proves that it really doesn't matter which way you look at a mediocre game -- it's boring from every angle, and no amount of spin can prove otherwise.
  9. 40
    If the colors were more vibrant, the tilting felt more responsive, and some of the stages weren't such an outright pain in the saddle, this game would easily get the X-Play stamp of approval. Not this time.
  10. Play Magazine
    What does hold the game back a bit is a design that emphasizes collecting items or similar objectives within small stages instead of focusing on grand level design and epic boss battles. [Aug 2005, p.57]
  11. The game is short, but the last chapter can be pretty challenging and the main boss fight is a serious pain in the, uhh, wrist.
  12. Nintendo Power
    The game is solid, displaying the attention to detail you'd expect from a Nintendo-published platformer. [Aug 2005, p.84]
  13. Everything about the game feels like it needs just a little bit more polish, especially the tilt sensor. What could be a very innovative and fun mechanic to add to a platforming game ultimately falls short of its goal and only manages to hamper the gameplay.
  14. Despite its flaws, Topsy Turvy delivers, as usual, a fun, innovative Nintendo-published adventure.
  15. There really isn't much in the way of replay value once the game is beaten, as players will see most everything the first time through, and spikes in frustration due to the technology – not game design – will keep most from wanting to make a return visit.
  16. It just isn't a good Nintendo published game.
  17. It feels incredibly hard to master, and at times the levels just come across as a little bit too overwhelming.
  18. A cool concept with a flawed execution, Yoshi fans with a lot of patience will probably really dig this game. But it's nowhere near as good as it could have been.
  19. So while the short, yet creative stages and their goals are clever, the tilt controls do little more than jumble the good stuff up.
  20. This is all a lot of fun, although rotating the screen on a jostling subway train can be hard on those of us affected by motion sickness.
  21. Once you finish the game (it will only take a few hours) there is absolutely nothing left to accomplish. It's not worth the full price of the game.
  22. Unlike most Nintendo-published titles, the game really feels like it lacked direction, and as a result the game is more annoying than fun. If you're a diehard for Yoshi platformers, you'll enjoy the game on some.
  23. There is truly no game experience like Yoshi: Topsy Turvy, and this puts it in a unique place. For what it is, Yoshi's latest adventure is a success, but one could only imagine what a great game this could have been.

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#41 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2005
#1 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2005
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  1. BenW.
    Oct 17, 2007
    Really not good. Short, frustrating levels and it's just pants! buy wario ware twisted if you really want a twisty gba game.