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Game Boy Advance
GENRE
Racing
DEVELOPER
Nintendo
PUBLISHER
Nintendo
CONNECTIVITY
No
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE
Japan: July 13
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bit Generations: Dotstream

Imagine a ray of white light passing through various materials, each color wavelength traveling in slightly different ways, all racing ever onward. This must have been a driving inspiration for the designers of Dotstream.

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impressions

Dotstream describes the look of the game: each racer is represented by a dot (more of a dash, actually, but close enough), and the path of each streams out behind in a line. Think: Etch-A-Sketch meets Tron's light cycles. Races are even called "drawings" and racers "lines."

The game contains three main modes: Campaign, Spot Race and Formation. The first two are your standard racing fare, while the latter is where Dotstream recalls most strongly its associations with light. In Formation, the player must guide all lines through an obstacle course, passing through prism-like gates to fill a spectrum gauge at the bottom of the screen.

Without pushing a button, your dot accelerates until it reaches top speed. Different colored lines appear to have different accelerations. Turning or running into obstacles will slow your forward progress, but otherwise your speed will be determined by your top speed plus any slipstream potential or boost pads.

Getting out in front of the pack is necessary to win any race, but also means you set the slipstream and enjoy none yourself. Neither do you have any preview of what's to come-- an aid that line streams provide to racers behind.

word on the street

Don't read any Japanese? Not a problem. You won't be able to read the instruction manual, but you likely won't have to. The premises here are extremely basic, and a little trial and error will reveal specific button controls. As with all the games in the bit Generations series, what minimal text exists comes by way of main titles and headings all in English with numbers in familiar Arabic style.

press release notes

Dots and lines, colors and sounds. bit Generations.

  • Dotstream
  • Boundish
  • Dialhex
  • Coloris
  • Orbital
  • Digidrive
  • Soundvoyager

overall

The bit Generations software experiment by Nintendo seeks to find the roots of fun gameplay through simple, accessible design. All the games in the series are retro-hip with little to no Japanese in them, but won't reach western shores for months to come, if at all. Intrigued? Why wait? Import!





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