Within the late ’90s and early aughts, somewhat fellow named Mr. Driller burrowed his means into the hearts of puzzle sport followers worldwide. The years that adopted noticed a number of Mr. Driller releases throughout a number of platforms, however after some time, Namco appeared content material to entomb the collection and concentrate on different issues. Now, somewhat over a decade later, Bandai-Namco has determined to unearth one of the crucial beloved Mr. Driller video games, the previously Japan-and-Europe-exclusive Mr. Driller Drill Land, to launch on Change and PC for a brand new technology of followers to take pleasure in.
Mr. Driller Drill Land focuses on the titular Mr. Driller, aka Susumu Hori, and his prolonged gang of excavator family and friends (together with his dad Taizo, who you would possibly keep in mind from Dig Dug). They’re off to go to a brand new underground amusement park known as Drill Land, stuffed with points of interest that very coincidentally are primarily based across the colored-block-drilling gameplay that defines the Mr. Driller series–with some notable twists. Challenges, playing cards, and loads of collectibles abound in Drill Land, and you will have to see in case you have the chops to overcome every of the park’s completely different points of interest for top scores and goodies. (And also you would possibly simply save the world, too.)
The core Mr. Driller gameplay is a neat twist on the “falling coloured blocks” thought. You management Susumu (or one in every of his companions), utilizing your drill to interrupt up coloured blocks and dig deeper and deeper into the earth. As you destroy blocks and work your means into the earth, you will unencumber different blocks, which is able to fall and be a part of up with (and likewise break) others of the identical colour. Your objective is to succeed in a sure depth, however that is simpler stated than done–you have a restricted air provide that acts as a timer, and a few poor drilling decisions might result in your driller getting smooshed underneath a landslide. This makes the sport a tense, cautious balancing act–while air pickups are often out there, being too hasty together with your drilling selections when oxygen is restricted might result in catastrophe. It would sound intimidating, however it’s a lot simpler to grasp when you play a number of periods and see for your self how free blocks fall, mix, and break. After you grasp the fundamentals, you will develop right into a groove and elegantly receive pickups, create chains to eradicate a lot of blocks without delay, and discover secure spots amongst a cascade of falling earth.
The fragile stability between needing to progress, managing your air provide, and determining methods to keep secure as an increasing number of rocks teeter above is what makes Mr. Driller such a pleasant little puzzle sport by itself. What makes Mr. Driller Drill Land so good is the way it creates a number of distinctive variants on this formulation via the completely different points of interest, every with a enjoyable and distinctive theme. World Drill Tour is the usual Mr. Driller gameplay followers know and love mixed with visuals and music that poke enjoyable at a sure well-known Disneyland staple. Star Driller provides random power-ups with quite a lot of results into the combo in an area adventure–though generally the pickups can damage greater than they assist.
The three points of interest that cleverly increase the core formulation are essentially the most gratifying. Horror Night time Home does away with the air-timer mechanic, changing it with a well being meter, and has you surrounded by ghosts that possess coloured blocks. Drilling right into a possessed block (or standing subsequent to a ghost for too lengthy) will lead to dropping well being. The one solution to progress is by amassing holy water, injecting it into blocks, after which drilling into the surprised ghosts to destroy them, reworking the sport right into a tense strategic battle. Drindy Journey is a hazard-filled archeological dig to nab golden artifacts, full with spike traps, rolling boulders, and fire-breathing idols to enhance the ever-present risk of being crushed–which is extra probably, since falling blocks behave otherwise. Lastly, The Gap of Druaga pays homage to one in every of Namco’s most influential titles via a novel rogue-lite spin. On this mode, you have to discover a block-filled maze, accumulate objects, eradicate foes, and ultimately enter a chamber the place you combat the evil Druaga–but watch out, as a result of HP is restricted and it drains with each drill you make.
Every attraction has three issue ranges, all of that are a big step-up in problem over the earlier stage. When you solely want to complete Stage 1 of every attraction to open the ultimate stage and end the sport, there are many causes to return and check out every on increased difficulties: additional audiovisual prospers, new traps, new objects, extra enemies, and more and more complicated areas to dig into. If you happen to ever really feel caught on a specific attraction, you may all the time scoot over to the shop and use your in-game forex to purchase useful objects like additional lives and protecting gear. You need to use these things freely to push via a difficult attraction and get credit score for clearing it, however you will not be capable of register your rating on the web rankings, which is a good trade-off. If you happen to do not wish to purchase these things, you may as an alternative get playing cards and collectibles that allow you to study extra in regards to the surprisingly in-depth universe of Mr. Driller… which the overly-long cutscenes do not actually succeed at. These Flash-style animations look cute, however the jokes fall utterly flat. Even worse, you may’t manually advance dialogue — solely skip them fully. (Then once more, you are not lacking a lot in case you do.)
It isn’t laborious to see what’s made Mr. Driller Drill Land so beloved through the years. The assorted spins on the core Mr. Driller gameplay are all distinctive, difficult, and interesting — straightforward to leap into, fast to play, and inspiring you to provide it yet another go. The sharply cute, early-aughts anime visible model offers it a shiny, cheerful look that stands out from the pack, and the bouncy, dynamic soundtrack provides quite a lot of ambiance to your deep dives. With a lot to select from and accumulate, you will wish to grasp everything–or simply play your favourite attraction for hours on end–and earn loads of cash to spend on the present store.
Mr. Driller Drill Land is the sort of sport you may play for 10 minutes on a lunch break or for a whole afternoon. It is the kind of sport the place you will be in a groove… solely to screw up a bit catastrophically and destroy a run. However you will solely be bitter about it for a minute earlier than eagerly diving again in to attempt once more. If you happen to’ve by no means performed Mr. Driller–or if it has been some time because you and Susumu went excavating together–Mr. Driller Drill Land is one relic that deserves a spot in your gaming museum.
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