NHK OKĀSAN TO ISSHO - NIKO NIKO PUN
NHKおかあさんといっしょ にこにこ、ぷん

MAKER: NHK / KSS
RELEASE DATE: 13 DECEMBER 1991
STYLE: HERE
FORMAT: HUCARD
RATING:

 

Overview
Obviously designed as a game for younger children, you choose between three animal characters to play and must guide them across each level, collecting fruit to feed to the dragon at the end. Gameplay is simple, mostly involving jumping or ducking to avoid enemies - there is no attack. During the level the timer slowly decreases, however levels are quite short so this is to encourage children to keep moving, rather than provide any sort of challenge. Along the way you will encounter doors - some of these contain sliding block puzzles to solve, others have animated pictures of characters that talk to you. Enemies are mostly slow moving, some can be used to reach higher fruit, others are static and require timing to dodge (such as the elephants who lift their trunks for you to pass).

Comment
A lot of games look like they are aimed at kids, but can still provide a challenge. Niko Niko Pun is without doubt aimed squarely at the younger gamer. The gameplay is utterly simplistic. You run, jump, duck a bit at a quite sedate pace - there is no life meter to worry about, just the generous time bar. The graphics are actually quite nice - the scenery and sprites are well drawn, and there is enough parallax scrolling to please the eye. The music is a different matter. The tune that is constantly repeated throughout is tinny and fast becomes extremely annoying. By the end of the game you will be reaching for the mute button for sure. You could be mistaken for thinking this is going to provide the same enjoyment as the second Doraemon game, but don't be fooled.
sunteam_paul

 

 

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