Anyone seen Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi on Cartoon Network? If you're reading my blog the answer has to be yes. So when this series first came out I was interested, but then turned off. Why? Well, the show features the J-rock/pop styling of Puffy Ami Yumi, but in a very kiddie cartoon format. Hell it works, especially for the younger Meguzzi target audience, and once in a while I'll tune in. So these ladies do put out good music, have a foothold with their series on CN, and now onto video games. Nintendo DS, say hello to The Genie & the Amp.
The story is simple, in keeping with the cartoon it's based on. You take either Ami or Yumi on a side-scrolling, semi-3D, adventure to get your musical inspiration back. See the genie will help you, for an autograph. (Yeah, a genie, don't ask, it's a cartoon, it makes sense). So while you can play the game with the buttons moving from right to left and so forth the fun comes in using the stylus to strum your guitar strings (4 total) to unleash various attacks on your enemies. Easy to learn, difficult to master. Mix in music based mini-games and the charm of the show and what we have here is a formula sure to satisfy any Ami Yumi fan, and especially any young child looking for a fun, non-abbrasive time on their Nintendo DS.
Seeing new uses for the touch screen is always fun, so D3 Publisher and others, keep up the good work, keep these unique games coming, and be sure to make the price point good for all. ;)