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Tropix Package Art
GENRE
Puzzle
DEVELOPER
Engine Software
PUBLISHER
RealNetworks, Inc.
LOCAL WIRELESS
MULTI-PLAY
Yes
Wi-Fi/GLOBAL ONLINE
MULTI-PLAY
Yes
MICROPHONE
No
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Tropix

Tropix is essentially a minigame collection in a tropical setting inhabited by a monkey and a crab. The monkey and crab take turns starring in minigames as they unlock new islands to travel to, which unlock more games to play. There is also money to be made in the form of sand dollars that allow the tropical heroes to purchase items for the islands such as trees, fruit and even snorkel kits.

visuals

Tropix looks colorful and is bright, but it's also simplistic. There is not a lot of variation in landscapes, which is not a bad thing, but it does aid in wearing off the excitement fairly quickly.

audio

The sound is exactly what one would expect from a game made up of islands. There's lots of neat instruments that make up all those familiar beach sounds.

gameplay

The game is the truest example of "pick up and play." Since there's no real adventure to Tropix other than unlocking islands to play more games, players can feel free to play for as much or as little as they like. Games include Mahjongg, Sudoku, a shell game and parasailing. Subtle RPG elements make the title a bit more engaging; adding items to the islands, for example, which will enhance comfort, and eating regularly to keep the food meter full. If the monkey or crab don't stay comfortable and full, then unlocking new islands won't be possible.

multiplayer

Tropix supports the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection by allowing players to challenge others from around the globe. The connection works fine; the problem is that no one else was playing.

overall

Tropix is a minigame collection and really nothing more. We enjoyed the fun graphics and small RPG elements included with it, but found it hard to see the game through to completion. The mini-games get quite repetitive with only 11 to choose from, and the lack of variation in landscapes don't help, either.

The bottom line is this; casual players who love a good puzzle game now and then will enjoy this title for a long time to come, but core gamers who look for variety and depth in their games may want to look elsewhere.

final score 7.0/10





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