As a spin off from the Roogoo title made for the Xbox Live Arcade,
Roogoo Attack was developed for the Nintendo DS system. Is it
a hit or just a Roogooey mess?
The Roogoo game made for the Xbox Live Arcade got critical
acclaim, but unenthusiastic response from gamers. Undaunted, the
developers decided to go in a different direction, producing a
version for the Wii system called Roogoo Twisted Towers and a
version for the DS system called Roogoo Attack. These two
puzzlers are both very entertaining and very similar, but not
In this game’s story, the planet Roo is populated by beings called
the Roogoo and powered by shapes called Magical Meteors. The evil
twins of the Roogoo, known as the Meemoo, are after the meteors to
horde the power for themselves. The Roogoo must stop them and ensure
that the meteors reach the planet.
As with its Twisted Towers Wii counterpart, the DS version
has a very simple game concept—fit the falling shapes through
corresponding holes in platforms, a reminder of the Playskool toys
we all had as children. But this simple gameplay is quickly
complicated by the speed at which the shapes fall, the increasing
number of shapes, enemies, and platform obstacles, like shifting
covers over the holes and number of shapes required before they will
fall through a hole.
For some variety, the game also boasts a skydiving challenge and
multiplayer modes for both cooperative and competitive play.
The player uses both DS screens to full advantage in the roughly 100
levels of this game. Though it does not have the boss fights like
the Wii version, the DS version has its own unique aspects, like
stacking bird nests, eggs, and hens in the proper order. Other
similarly wacky levels include things like hamburgers, snowmen, and
brownies. Gamers who have both DS and Wii versions can connect them
to unlock exclusive extra levels, which are just as fun as the
regular levels. There’s also a very interesting reverse mode wherein
the shapes go backwards, as well as some horizontal gameplay,
instead of all vertical falling.
Rated E for everyone with comic mischief, this game is a winner for
gamers of all ages. Veteran gamers may find the gameplay a bit
repetitive at first, but the difficulty level increases as the game
progresses, until even hardcore gamers are able to appreciate the
hectic challenge. Roogoo Attack is a charming, horribly cute
puzzler that will delight and entertain puzzle-loving players for
- Mildly challenges young gamers.
- Strong hint system.
- Games seem disjointed from the story.
- Lack of depth and challenge.
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for the DS
Reviewed: July 2009