Weeklies

Game: "Electroplankton"
System: Nintendo DS
Genre: Simulation
Published by: Nintendo

Reviewer: -RoG-
Posted: 8/27/2008

Review: Now here's a criminally overlooked title for the Nintendo DS if there ever was one. Granted, it was only available in stores for a brief period of time right around when the DS first came out, so it's understandable that a lot of people may have missed out on it. Electroplankton may not be the easiest title to track down these days, what with copies often fetching over $50 on eBay, but it's well worth looking into if you ask me.

The first thing you need to know about Electroplankton is that it's not really a game per se... it's more like an interactive musical piece of art. If you're looking for something with high scores and varying levels of difficulty, I suggest looking elsewhere. What Electroplankton does offer, however, is an extremely unique experience on the DS. I'm sure it sounds silly, but if you could package up the act of meditation and put it on the Nintendo DS, I think Electroplankton would be as close to the end result as you'd ever get.

It features 10 different microscopic marine animals which all perform unique musical acts based on your actions. Some respond to touch, some respond to sound, but the end result is always entertaining. Out of all the creatures, I have to say I like the "Luminaria" the best. In this mode, you touch the arrows on the screen to determine where each of the four creatures (which move at different speeds) go on the screen while play various bell sounds. I also enjoy the "Rec-Rec" 4-track simulation which records your voice and plays back some hilariously bizarre tunes.

In all honesty, I have only two complaints about Electroplankton. 1) I'd love to see more creatures in it, because the ten you're provided enough just left me wanting more. 2) The inability to save your musical tracks is what really prevents it from getting a much higher score. Japanese interactive media artist, Toshio Iwai, really came up with a brilliant piece of work when he created Electroplankton. I can only hope that we'll see a sequel from him in the future that takes the project even further, because it definitely has a ton of potential.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Jason's a Furry! Run!
Aug 27th, 2008, 04:59 AM
I've been trying to find this game for years, it looked incredibly cool (had a chance to buy it when it came out in stores, but passed for some reason. Haven't really forgiven myself for that). But whenever I come across an auction, I get outbidded at the last minute (and I never have enough money to spend on the online stores, where they're ridiculously expensive).

Glad to hear more great things about it, even if it pushes my want for the game even higher (and I haven't even played it yet and still think it's criminal not to have a save feature. That seems like something that would be key in this game). Hopefully I'll find it sooner or later.
pickled
Aug 27th, 2008, 05:45 AM
Hopefully his next game will be on the shelves a bit longer than Electroplankton was.
Forgets Passwords Easily
Aug 27th, 2008, 06:23 PM
Electroplankton is more than just a game...its the WORST level in Super Smash Bros. EVER!
Vigilante All-Star
Aug 28th, 2008, 03:27 PM
"Electroplankton is more than just a game...its the WORST level in Super Smash Bros. EVER!"

This man spits nothing but the truth here...
SKATASTIC
Aug 29th, 2008, 10:03 AM
....I like the Electroplankton level in Brawl. The colors are pretty and the music enjoyable.
Pickled Patriarch
Aug 29th, 2008, 07:45 PM
I haven't played Super Smash Bros. Brawl because I'm not particularly into those games, but I can tell you without a doubt that Electroplankton is a completely unique gaming experience on the DS. So regardless of how annoying the level in Brawl may be, definitely make a point to check out the real DS game.
Itsa me!
Sep 1st, 2008, 08:06 PM
I never got how you can't swim in the water in the Brawl stage.
Forum Virgin
Sep 8th, 2008, 02:20 PM
I've heard of this game before Brawl came out but knew nothing about it. Obviously my interest was raised with the Hanenbow stage (which is indeed a horrible stage, and why can't I swim in the water, dammit?), but I had no idea it was so rare. Some things are just never meant to be loved by the wider population.