Clu Clu Land (1984)
By: Nintendo Genre: Maze / Puzzle Players: 1 Difficulty: Medium
Featured Version: Nintendo NES First Day Score: 14,780
Also Available For: Famicom Disk System, Game Boy Advance
Download For: Wii Virtual Console
Ice Climber which I also took a look at recently, Clu Clu Land was a very early release for the Famicom and NES, but unlike its platforming counterpart it's aged pretty well. Its graphics are also basic, perhaps even more so. The shape of the 'arenas' and the colour of their surroundings change now and then but that's about the only variety and, while the music and sound effects are quite good, there's also little variety there. I suppose you could say the same about the game generally but its original and addictive gamplay, not to mention the random element of the stages, means it rarely gets tiresome. The controls take a bit of getting used to since Bubbles has to grab the poles with her hands rather than simply turn in another direction, which means you need to press the desired direction slightly earlier. Once you grown accustomed to this though, the game is great fun. It may borrow from a couple of other games but it at least does something interesting and it definitely adds a lot of its own ideas. The result is a unique and refreshing game which I'm very glad I finally tried.
RKS Score: 8/10