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  • Summary: Using the Wii Remote, players navigate their balls through a series of complex 3D mazes. No complicated button combinations are required - just the tilt of the Wii Remote to tip and tilt the game environment in all directions. Each ball in the game has its own level of response, speed, slide and bounce, so the player must choose his balls carefully in order to successfully complete Kororinpa. As more mazes are completed, additional balls are be made available to choose from. These include balls such as ladybug, cat, penguin, watermelon and pig. Players can also go head-to-head with another player, splitting the screen horizontally or vertically, where the winner is the player to collect all the red crystals and reach the goal first. The game includes more than 50 mazes and five different environments, each with its own unique music, obstacles and visual style to enjoy. Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Kororinpa, feels like a solid beginning to what could become a beloved franchise. [May 2007, p.59]
  2. The game was a joy to watch my children play. I enjoyed the 1-player experience for a while, but quickly tired of some of the tedium.
  3. A short and simple game, but one you'll enjoy every second of. [May 2007, p.71]
  4. 70
    I would imagine that most people will finish and grow bored with Kororinpa in a couple of days. Still, it's one of those games that you really enjoy while it lasts -- it's just a little too simplistic for its own good.
  5. Gentle and frustrating in equal parts, on the whole Kororinpa is a worthy addition to any Wii library, presuming that you bought the console as you weren't interested in a constant supply of macho shooters and driving games.
  6. 62
    A fun game; plain and simple. The design is solid, the gameplay is there for the most part, and the simple, intuitive control is charming and entertaining. Where the game lacks, however, it lacks in a huge way, offering only a handful of levels, a few extra marbles to tinker with, and no longevity to keep players coming back after the first couple hours.
  7. It feels much more suited to a low-priced download such as Xbox Live Arcade's "Marble Blast Ultra" rather than a $79 [AU] release.

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  1. ettörillö
    May 16, 2007
    So simple, so great. It's incredible what a little ball can make you feel. Cool board designs, good challenge, fantastic music. A relaxing & exciting combination. A game for every age. Maybe a little short, but quit addictive. A must play Expand
  2. TonyL.
    Dec 10, 2007
    I'm not a gamer. Bought a WII this year at age 63. I'm an engineer and found this game quite a challenge in its 3D puzzles. I did get all 45 levels and was a bit disappointed to only unlock the mirror puzzles. But I had many, many enjoyable, and at times frustrating, hours. Looking forward to a sequel. Expand
  3. LucL.
    May 26, 2007
    Must-play. Great experience, too short. Some challenge, but always keeps you going back for more. Maybe rent it ?
  4. SimonS.
    Jun 6, 2007
    I found this game to be very addictive and as an adult I like that it requires subtlety in movement rather than thumb mashing and wild swinging. I would certainly by more games like this, keep them coming. Expand
  5. G.A.
    Jun 7, 2007
    What a perfect game for the Wii! And given how few good games are available at this time for the console, it's especially good. The graphics are clear and very well designed, and the music is pleasant and unobtrusive. Perfect for my little ones. Expand
  6. MichaelH.
    Aug 8, 2007
    This is what the Wii was made for. An especially welcomed title early in the Wii's life when the only alternative was mini-games.
  7. SimonG.
    Jan 1, 2008
    I always like it when I grab a budget game that's actually a lot of fun. Again, this is higly inspired my Super Monkey Balls, but I greatly prefrer Kororinpa over the annoying Monkeys. My only conplains are that it's a little to short and I would've prefer holding the remote in a classic way (works great for mercury meltdown). Expand

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