Monday, July 23, 2007

Games that deserve a sequel: Part 2

Part two of last month's "Games that deserve a sequel".

Drill Dozer
First game's platform: Game Boy Advance
Preferred platform of sequel: Nintendo DS

When the DS began to take hold, and the Game Boy Advance began to move slowly towards the shelf permanently, releases for the 32-bit handheld slowed to a crawl, comprising mainly of licensed properties and sloppy ports. In February 2006, Nintendo released one of their last games for the handheld in the form of Drill Dozer. From the minds of Game Freak (Makers of Pokemon), Drill Dozer was an extremely odd title. The main gimmick of the game, as suggested by the title, was a drill-headed bulldozer driven by a pink-haired girl named Jill. Not long before the game starts, Jill has a precious gem stolen from her (A in-box comic expands on this). This red jewel was taken by the odd crime syndicate the Skulkers, who's workers are, for the most part, rodeo clowns. With the help of her crew, Jill goes off to search for her family heirloom, drilling through blocks, air ducts and countless enemies on the way.

Possibly the worst part of this game is the open ending. Game Freak had expected the game to sell well enough to warrant a sequel, but sadly, this did not happen. I, for one, really hope that Nintendo sees the potential this title holds, and green-lights a sequel. For those of you who have yet to enjoy this quirky platformer, it can be bought for a mere $20 USD nowadays. If you see it, buy it!

Age of Empires: The Age of Kings
First game's platform: Nintendo DS
Preferred platform of sequel: Nintendo DS

Age of Empires has long been a staple of PC gaming, and was exclusive to PCs for nearly a decade. But, in 2006, Age of Empires: The Age of Kings was released for the Nintendo DS. Unlike the other games in the series, The Age of Kings was turn-based (Like Advance Wars) instead of an real-time strategy game, or RTS (Like Warcraft). The levels in the game were revised versions of the stages in Age of Empires II: Age of Kings for the PC, making the DS game, in a way, a remake (The box art of the DS game also bears a striking resemblance to the box for the PC game).

I am personally greatly enjoying this game (I got it on Friday). I really hope that Backbone Entertainment and Majesco make another Age of Empires for the DS! With a few tweaks to the controls, this game could be perfect.

Well then, those are another two games I feel deserving of a comeback! I may review one or both of these this week, so keep an eye out for them!

The Duck Has Spoken.

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