...Pickachu for Mac. This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. No More snickering from the Windoze Masses. The PC Gamer's Gold Pick for two years running has finally been ported over to the mac. Now that Ben Soft has finally resolved it's legal woes with Nintendo of America, BenSoft is primed to regain the competitive edge it enjoyed with such hits as "Wok N Roll Zoey" and the unforgettable "Sesame Street Fighter EX".
From the moment you double click you will be absorbed. Tickle Me Pikachu is not for the faint of heart. This simple yet highly addictive game will have you begging to stay home and pound away at your mouse button!
The game comes bundled with a 230 Page manual that came in handy as the complex two-button control offered a steep learning curve but take heart in knowing that Prima Games has made a whopping 95 page strategy guide in full color loaded with hundreds of screen shots and tips and hidden surprises (I don't want to ruin it for you but if you play it exactly 4,948 times you will get a pleasant suprise!)
In the accompanying press kit BenSoft states that there is a whopping 76 hours worth of gameplay (rivaling the reply value of less stellar games as Final Fantasy, Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid) and with good reason. The challenge level is a bit on the high side with the cleverly designed level but nothing a seasoned gamer couldn't handle. You'll be at it for hours and you'll love every minute of it.
The crystal clear sounds are very inviting and were sampled from the actual show. Pika Fans delight as you can force the well-beloved character to utter his trademarked outbursts to your hearts delight in full, 32-bit stereo sound.
The cel-shaded graphic is stunningly smooth and clear and it's further testament to the design house's command in the genre. Normally a graphic intensive game would bog any G4 but suprisingly the Ben House Software manage to pack all this eye-candy and ear shattering sound in a flawless game that uses a mere 750 K of memory (which delighted me to no end since the minimum requirement on the box said NVidia4 recommended ).
TMP is sure to delight fans and non-fans alike for months to come. The sequel due this spring will be unveiled at the next CES with a private viewing at Nintendo of Japan. Trust me, I'll be there.
Tickle Me Pikachu won an impressive Freakin Awesome from Macaddict and 4 stars from Macworld and I personally give it 5 Pikas.
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