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Paper Plane (DSiWare) Review

Review for Paper Plane on DSiWare - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

After being pleasantly surprised by just how addictive Pyoro (Birds & Beans) on DSiWare was, despite it being merely a fragment of previous WarioWare games, now another favourite has been lifted and transplanted onto the DSi's download service for a mere 200 Nintendo Points. But does Paper Plane manage to have the same allure as Pyoro, or would your Points be better spent elsewhere?

As with Pyoro, Nintendo has taken the quickest route to ensure that right from the first day there are some fun little games for DSi owners to tinker with in order to prevent boredom setting in after the photo and music features of the hardware have been exhausted. Therefore, what is on offer in Paper Plane is nothing more than the core mini-game, which lasts anywhere from a few seconds up to a couple of minutes at a time, depending on skill levels. There are no fancy intros, nor is there any story involved at all, and the game is most certainly a case of 'no frills' in the visuals and sound department (as is the case in WarioWare games anyway, from which this stems). What makes Paper Plan an enticing purchase, though, is that oh-so-crucial addictive gameplay factor. The title may involve nothing more than making players tap a few times left or right on the directional pad in order to change the direction of the continuously falling paper plane, but the execution is flawless and the courses served up that players must navigate through will draw people back time and time again due to their dastardly design preventing easy completion.

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There are three modes, all available right from the start - 'Endless', 'Time Trial' and 'Race'. The first is what people will have come across in WarioWare previously, where a simple paper plane must be guided downwards through a tall structure that has a plentiful supply of ledges protruding out of walls. The slightest of glances on any part of the structure results in a fail, so the aim is to navigate your way as far down as possible, tapping repeatedly left and right to change the angle, thus consequently changing the speed (with pointing straight down removing any drag from the air, drastically boosting the speed, whilst being completely horizontal makes the plane travel as slowly as possible). There are eight 'Time Trial' courses, each designed in varying styles to add variety to the proceedings (complete darkness, thick walls, and so on). These bring the same idea to the table, yet additionally offer more of a short-burst challenge affair, with a set goal that needs to be reached in the quickest achievable time.

Finally, there is the pleasing addition of a two-player option that uses only one DSi system and has players racing to see who can reach the finish line fastest. The first player uses the top screen and d-pad, while the other uses the lower screen and A-B-X-Y keys. It may be a little uncomfortable to have two people poring over the DSi as tempers fray and tension levels begin rising, but the mode's inclusion is certainly one that is warmly welcomed and further justifies why this is one heck of a bargain and one of the must-buy DSiWare launch titles.

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The core mechanic is ridiculously simple, yet works so well that gamers will quickly become addicted, wanting to keep pushing on more and more to beat their previous best times.


So basic that this could easily be pulled off on the 8-bit NES...


The miniscule amount of music and sound effects included are extremely simplistic.


Three different modes, including the fun 2-Player mode, help to easily make the 200 Point price-tag extremely palatable.

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Rated 8 out of 10

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Rated 8 out of 10

Nintendo strikes gold once again, albeit with a quick (but by no means dirty) port of an old favourite. Paper Plane is the simplest of ideas executed almost perfectly. For a mere 200 Points this DSiWare download really should not be passed up...

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It's good to see how such a simple thing can be turned into hours of fun. High five, Nintendo! Smilie

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It's too hardcore for me, which is why my GF plays instead Smilie

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Doesn't exactly make me want a DSi but it does look like a fun game to play.

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Stulaw said:
Doesn't exactly make me want a DSi but it does look like a fun game to play.

Oh no, certainly doesn't justify buying a DSi, but it is a contributing factor to why picking up the system is quite a good idea Smilie

Keven said:
It's good to see how such a simple thing can be turned into hours of fun. High five, Nintendo! Smilie

I really hope that some other developers will take up this stance to bring more content to DSiWare, e.g. Capcom doing small batches of Ace Attorney cases.

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It needed a four player mode like the GC version, then it would have been a must have game.

Always liked this in Wario Ware. Shows how good the content is in that game really that they can sell it separately and still have it well-received!

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Well, there's the 'A Little Bit of...Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: Maths' coming to Europe soon, plus 'Master of Illusion: Shuffle Games' (Magic Made Fun in Europe) is already out in the US, so it seems Nintendo has more game snippets on the horizon. I can't wait for the Moving Memo Pad, though Smilie

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Like it. Simple yet effective. More like this would be appreciated Nintendo!

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