GB Review: Game and Watch Gallery 2
Review by: Hairball (hairball@sm128c.com)

Game Info

 System: Game Boy Color
 ESRB: Everyone
 Genre: Action
 # of Players: 1
 Size: 8 Megabits
 Developer: Nintendo
 Publisher: Nintendo

 Game Save: Yes

 Release Date:
 US: Dec 31, 1998

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Final Score:
8.0/10

Game and Watch Gallery 2 is not your regular Game Boy game. It was the first for the Game Boy Color and one of the coolest. Nintendo put those Game and Watches from the 1980s into this jam packed Game Boy game. Many of us have probably missed these prized things.

It's not your regular Game and Watch games. Nintendo modernized the original Game and Watches into something new. They added colour and many of your favourite Nintendo characters including Mario, Yoshi, Princess, Toad, Donkey Kong, Koopa Troopa and the infamous Shy Guy (he's getting into a lot of games lately.

The classic versions of the games have rather simple graphics. They are not much more than what Pong had. The modern versions have really cool graphics. This game was the first with GBC-enhanced graphics and sound. All the games have really bright and cool graphics.

The music and sound start to go faster when the pace is getting faster and faster. This usually happens when you are nearing every 100 point mark. In most of the games you can get a heart about every 200 points. During this time the game's speed will increase signficantly. In the classic versions there is no music, so the game isn't as interesting. The music and sound are remarkable.

In the game Parachute you have to catch the characters dropping down. You move around your boat and try to catch the guys. 3 misses are allowed. You can take away a miss every 200 points. Each character caught gives you one point. You have to time really well. Other than at the beginning most of the time the characters pour down many at the same time. Almost every character has a different speed. If you are lucky and the character bounces off the fish you can try to catch him and save a miss.

The point of the game Helmet is simple. You move around trying to avoid objects that are falling from the sky. You get points by going through the door on the other side. Sometimes the door will be closed and you have to navigate around the dropping objects. This is the best game of this collection. 3 misses are allowed when you get hit.

In the modern Chef you are the Princess and you have to catch the food that the people throw up. As you bounce the food it will start to cook. Once cooked feed it to Yoshi. Don't give Yoshi raw or overcooked food. In the classic version you just have to keep bouncing the food. 3 misses are allowed when you drop food.

In the modern Vermin you are Yoshi, and you have to move around and hit the guys moving around. Your misses are counted when the guys around start to destroy your eggs. When one egg breaks your game is over. Try to protect your eggs that have started to get broken. The classic version is kind of like your Whack-a-Mole game. You just whack the guys that come out. Only one miss is allowed or your game will be over.

In Donkey Kong you have to go up and save the Princess. When you are going up DK will throw some obstacles at you. If you get it you'll get a miss until you have 3 misses and your game is over. There are many boards for this game as you progress.

Game and Watch Gallery 2 has many surprises. One that is not a surprise is the 5 games included. But there's really one hidden game. It is Ball. You have to get a certain number of stars (you get one star for getting each successive 200 points). Game and Watch Gallery 2 is a great game to play at home, or on the road.

-- Hairball (hairball@sm128c.com)

Bottom Line: Game and Watch Gallery 2 takes some of the simplest games and makes it into games you would expect for Game Boy. The graphics are so cool, and Nintendo added some Mario characters so you could enjoy this game even better.