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Pyoro (Bird and Beans) (DSiWare) Review

Review for Pyoro (Bird and Beans) on DSiWare - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Pyoro (or Bird and Beans as it is rather literally titled in the US) may seem familiar to many, and it would be right in assuming it has been seen before as Nintendo has decided to lift one of the more popular mini-games from the WarioWare series and place it on the market as a small solo download. For those that have never tried Pyoro or its sequel in the past, this is the perfect opportunity to sample the addictive little title for a pittance on the newly launched DSiWare service.

Pyoro is actually the name of the protagonist of this tasty morsel of a reflex action game; a squat bird with goggle eyes that comes in two coloured varieties. The first is a red Pyoro with a really long, extendable tongue, whilst the other is of the yellow assortment and has the ability to spit an endless supply of seeds off into the air at a very fast pace. Rather than fly around collecting food, these Pyoro instead choose to trot along the ground attacking the continuous supply of bean sprouts that inexplicably fall from the sky at an increasingly speedier rate (the longer Pyoro survives without being hit on the head by one, the faster the pace). If unable to eat the beans, players must ensure Pyoro is not struck on the head as leads to a Game Over scenario that many gamers will become far too accustomed to thanks to the high difficulty level as play goes on.

Our red feathered friend can stick its lengthy tongue out at an unchangeable diagonal angle to swallow the beans from afar, with the length of time the action button is pressed down dictating its overall reach. Each time a bean is consumed, points are accrued, with a higher amount gained depending upon how quickly the bean is grabbed. For instance, should one have appeared from the top of the screen and Pyoro's tongue is stuck out the maximum distance to immediately grab it, then the highest score is given, whilst the lowest is when a bean is a small margin away from hitting the ground. To make matters a little more dicey, though, and ultimately rewarding when a solution is found, if a bean is completely missed and does land on the ground, the floor will start to disappear, one small block going each time it is struck by a bean.

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Thankfully there are ways to reconstruct the vital platform Pyoro must run about on (it must be pointed out that the bird cannot cross gaps in the floor, thus becoming trapped if enough surrounding tiles have gone). There are three types of bean: a bog-standard green one, a white one that fills in one missing ground block, and flashing beans that make all other on-screen beans disappear, plus replenishes several floor tiles in one fell swoop. Therefore, as the action is heating up, the speed and quantity of beans falling from the sky is sky-rocketing and the background begins to change to a more developed scene, whilst all hope may seems lost as there are hardly any floor tiles left for poor Pyoro to move around on, grabbing the white and flashing beans at the last moment can really save the day and lead to massive sighs of relief.

With the game being viewed only on either the upper or lower DSi screen, without using any touch-screen or microphone functions, Pyoro is indeed an ultra basic title and people may well be disconcerted by this fact. However, for its mere 200 Points players should hardly complain since not only is it very cheap, but it has considerably more replay value than the 500 Points priced WarioWare: Snapped!. Although there is no two-player battling or online leaderboards, there is the enticement to keep plugging away at the first game on offer in order to unlock Pyoro 2, which features the yellow version of the creature (the seed spitter). This is ultimately the same game but with a slightly alternative scoring system and method of despatching beans - using rapid seed-firing instead, allowing for combinations to be achieved, as seeds will split through more than one bean at once if timed right. So the key this time is to wait until a few beans are clustered together on their descent before blasting away at them, and consequently a higher score can be achieved than on the first Pyoro game. The mix of tension, addictive high score beating and the immense fun factor certainly make Pyoro / Bird & Beans one of the highlights of the DSiWare launch line-up.

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Gameplay

Such a basic design that is perfectly implemented. Simple, yet amazingly enthralling.

Graphics

The visuals of the WarioWare series are never anything gush over, and the case is true with this extracted mini-game - so basic it looks early 1990s/SNES era.

Sound

Whilst there are only two tunes in Pyoro, both are extremely addictive and the main in-game theme works perfectly for helping up the ante as its tempo increases the more you play.

Value

Only two modes are available, one being unlocked by playing through the first, but the simplicity makes the game accessible to all, whilst the difficulty shoots right up to test even the most seasoned gamer. Sadly there are no two-player or online modes.

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8/10
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People may scoff at the idea of Nintendo regurgitating a small idea from a previous retail release, yet for 200 Points Pyoro proves to be one of the most addictive action puzzle titles on the already impressive DSiWare download service. This will definitely be one of those games that players come back to time-and-time again for just...one...more...go...

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09.04.2009

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Absolutely love Pyoro, glad this turned out well. I'll stick with it on the WarioWares for now though, I can't justify buying a DSi for this!

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Agreed with Mason, although this does give me ultimately more reason to get a DSi! Pyoro T from WarioWare Touched is one of the most addictive games I\'ve ever played, and I love the music too!

( Edited 08.04.2009 23:52 by SuperLink )

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Good review Adam.

I agree entirely, Pyoro for me is easily the best game available when you consider it\'s cost. It definitely has that just-one-more-go hook also, which for any game is a mark of great playability really.




( Edited 09.04.2009 08:46 by Linkyshinks )

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Thanks LS (it's my review, not Mike's, btw Smilie ). I wasn't too sure about Pyoro at first, but wanted to try to cover all the DSiWare launch games...and I'm glad I picked this up. So addictive! I've spent far more time with this than WarioWare: Snapped! and Paper Plane is another surprise gem.

I'm hoping that if this sells well enough Nintendo will decide to expand upon the idea since a two-player competitive mode of who can collect the most beans in a set time, or who can survive the longest, would be great. Even the simply addition of online scoreboards would give more incentive to keep playing.

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Sorry Smilie

I'm terrible at Paper Plane!, but my GF is pretty good with it. Perhaps I simply need more practice.

I would hope for that too, a two player mode would be a lot of fun. I can imagine a mode where your only allowed to collect your own coloured beans. Or something along those lines.

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Linkyshinks said:
I'm terrible at Paper Plane!, but my GF is pretty good with it. Perhaps I simply need more practice.

It's been driving me nuts, but I keep coming back for more. The fact it has a two-player mode is great as well. There is definitely a lot more value in Paper Plane - much more than I imagined!

I would hope for that too, a two player mode would be a lot of fun. I can imagine a mode where your only allowed to collect your own coloured beans. Or something along those lines.

Exactly what I was thinking, with penalties for collecting the wrong colour, plus some special items that can effect your opponent in different ways (swallow a cloud, cast shadows over the other person's screen, grab a lightning bolt to shock the other Pyoro temporarily, etc).

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I definitely need to spend more time with it.

I'm trying to ween my GF off Pyoro, she's nicking MY DSi at every opportunity..

That's exactly what I was thinking too!.


This game is simply addicting.
The lack of depth is what makes the Pyoro games addicting for some reason..
But I'm cool with that!
If I've had enough of Pokemon, for about 5 minutes, this is what I head to

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That's Nintendo's whole idea with the 'Chotto' series as well, which is why we'll be getting portions of Magic Made Fun and Brain Training in the near future - people don't always want to spend hours on games anymore as they simply don't have the time. Therefore, these bite-sized titles are perfect, especially if released at a reasonable price...

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