Gamefreak has managed to break out of the Pokemon mold to give us one of the most original platformers for the GBA.
STArmadillo wrote this review on .
Now, Drill Dozer is a 2D platformer for the GBA, but it's not that traditional. It isn't a one-note game of just running, jumping and occasionally attacking... Drill Dozer relies on the fact that the main character rides in a drill-mech. That means that a large part of the game is using this drill to solve puzzles, defeat enemies and digging into stuff. Yet, it's nowhere near as monotomous as it seems. The game stays amazingly fresh.
The levels in Drill Dozer play out the same every time. You start with only a level 1 drill, and you must upgrade it by finding drill pieces in the level. When you get another piece, you can shift up and drill even more and drill even faster. The game puts more of an emphasis on exploration and puzzles than action, but when the action starts, it gets pretty intense. It's good that the difficulty is just right so that it causes little-to-no frustration for most of the game.
The story is adorable. I won't really spoil any of it, but it's about a bunch of thieves (you and your team) reclaiming your diamond in a land full of corruption. The bosses just build on this, with fights against your rivals.
If this game was longer, it would have been an instant classic. Either way, it's very fun while it lasts and even puts up a bit of a challenge, to both your brain and your skill.
I recommend you pick the game up. Don't let your GBAs starve, guys!