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Let's Play Every Game Boy Color Game, Part 55

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Pop'n Music GB

Pop'n Music GB (Konami, 2000)

A Beatmania-style game that seems well-designed in every way except the controls, which are unfortunately very important for a rhythm game. Left/Up/Right(or start)/B/A is just not intuitive, and it's a mess to keep track of when you have a lot of notes on screen.

Pop'n Music GB - Animation Melody

Pop'n Music GB - Animation Melody (Konami, 2000)

Everything from before is still true, but now the music is more complicated, so the issues are even more obvious. I also have no idea what the character on the right is meant to be.

Pop'n Music GB - Disney Melody

Pop'n Music GB - Disney Melody (Konami, 2000)

This actually has the easiest music of the bunch, but I still wouldn't recommend playing it because they've overlayed some really horrible noises for when you hit a note.

Pop'n Pop

Pop'n Pop (ITL/Jorudan, 2001)

A port of a Taito arcade game about trying to match these balloons in groups of four. The clouds move right to left and then down in a space invaders pattern, but you can occasionally get powerups that push the cloud back up a few rows. I think you need to get a full clear to advance to the next level, but I was stuck with only red balloons spawning when I needed yellows.

Portal Runner

Portal Runner (Handheld Games/3DO, 2001)

A game that Wikipedia describes as "infamous" for releasing on 9/11, but 3DO attracted even more controversy by demanding that GamePro write reviews to make their advertisers happy and saying they'd pull ads as a result of the unfavorable coverage this game got. But it deserved that, because even though this game has surprisingly good music, the gameplay is a disaster. It's poorly animated platforming mixed with a bow and arrow attack that never auto-aims at what you want.

Power Pro Kun Pocket

Power Pro Kun Pocket (Diamond Head/Konami, 1999)

A spinoff of the Powerful Pro Baseball series that turns it into more of an RPG/VN. I'm very interested in the idea, but it uses a font that's not pleasant to read in a lot of text boxes, so I think I'll take a look at a game on another system.

Power Pro Kun Pocket 2

Power Pro Kun Pocket 2 (Diamond Head/Konami, 2000)

This is the sequel. It has the same RPG/VN mode as above, but I decided to check out the regular baseball mode instead, which has one of the strangest pitching interfaces I've ever seen. I don't think I really like it, and I definitely don't like that fielding plays itself.

Power Quest

Power Quest (Japan System Supply/Sunsoft, 1998)

Kids everywhere have gotten into "modelling", which is making customizable radio-controlled robots fight each other. In practice, that means it's a 1v1 fighter with (I assume) customizable characters. It's probably not a very good game and I don't expect to finish, but I'm throwing it on the list just to see how they handle changing out moves and whatnot.

The Powerpuff Girls: Bad Mojo Jojo (Sennari Interactive/Bam! Entertainment, 2000)

This game is dire. You move so quickly and with so much camera intertia that it almost triggers motion sickness despite being a 2D side scroller. The music is horrible, the graphics are indistinct, and your special attacks don't even work most of the time. I hope you like the look of that enemy above, because there aren't any others in what I played. But it's okay if you don't, because you can just zoom past them with no obvious consequences. This is a real contender for the worst game on GBC.

The Powerpuff Girls: Battle Him (Sennari Interactive/Bam! Entertainment, 2001)

Or, at least, the last game would be a contender for worst game on GBC if this one hadn't come along and introduced instant-death pools of purple goop that are in a "bonsai garden" for some reason, and also a Flappy Bird-esque flight mechanic. It does at least fix your special attack so that it triggers reliably, but it still doesn't have any noticeable effect on enemies.


The list:

  1. Golf Ou: The King of Golf

  2. John Romero's Daikatana

  3. Kakurenbou Battle Monster Tactics

  4. Keitai Denju Telefang

  5. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX

  6. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

  7. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

  8. LEGO Island 2: The Brickster's Revenge

  9. Magi Nation

  10. Mario Golf

  11. Mario Tennis

  12. Metal Gear Solid

  13. Metamode

  14. Millennium Winter Sports

  15. Mobile Golf

  16. Monkey Puncher

  17. Perfect Dark

  18. Pokemon Crystal Version

  19. Pokemon Card GB2 - GR Dan Sanjou!

  20. Pokemon Puzzle Challenge

  21. Pokemon Trading Card Game

  22. Power Quest

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