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Nothing quite like the days of youth where you can do almost anything and get away with it. You may remember spending more than a few hours at various toy stores eyeing those handheld LCD precursors to the Game Boy, playing them to death before some clerk kicked you out of the store.
If you still have fond memories of those old LCD games and game watches, you can relive some of the classics with the Game & Watch Gallery. In this release players will get to try their hand at Manhole, Fire, Octopus and Oil Panic. Nintendo has also included the option to play the classic versions or to play updated "enhanced" versions that feature recognizable pals like Mario, Yoshi and Toad, among others.
Manhole will put your reflexes to the test as you do your best to keep four manhole covers closed. The problem is that there are people on the street above the manhole and their weight tends to knock the manhole covers down, which leaves the next bounding pedestrian in danger of taking an unpleasant tumble into the city's nether regions.
Fire will have you and a like-minded partner trying to rescue people from a burning building. Since all you have is a trampoline, and the soft landing is on the other side of the screen, expect to do a lot of creative juggling to keep the fire victims from going splat.
In Octopus, you have to dodge the tentacles of a rather large octopus to get yourself some of the treasure that the octopus is guarding. Your diver will have to climb down a rope to the ocean floor and then grab the treasure and get back to the boat. Three strikes and you're out in this one, but if your life means more to you than the treasure, you can always buy a few extra moments by throwing the treasure at the octopus' tentacles.
Oil Panic thrusts you in a volatile situation. Oil's dripping down the ceiling, and the floor's already on a slow burn. If the oil lands, you're toast. You'll have to dexterously dart back and forth catching the oil in the buckets you're carrying. The drawback to the plan is that a bucket only holds three drops. Once you're full, you'll have to dump it out the window. You have to time your dumps carefully, however, or else you'll get busted for pollution!
All four games offer the simple game design and twitch gameplay that made the old LCD portables seem so lively. Nostalgia is a harsh mistress at times like this. ~ Joe Ottoson, All Game Guide