GBAtemp game of the week - #63

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Aug 2, 2012

GBAtemp game of the week - #63 by FAST6191 at 1:42 PM (3,846 Views / 0 Likes) 9 replies

  1. FAST6191
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    63 is the number of this edition of the GBAtemp book game club. On the face of it this series might seem a bit similar to some of the others we have around here and where all should net you something well worth being able to say you have played this less focused on getting the best and any hidden gems, although they are certainly things we look for, but more about getting something interesting and allowing those that wish to participate the chance to the discuss the title as opposed to a single person reviewing a title. For the most part we will plunder the libraries of homebrew, commercial releases, leaked code and ROM hacks for the GBA, DS and Wii but if we will occasionally go outside that and we will at least try to note older entries or alternative versions on other systems. Each edition will usually feature a single game as the selection but multiple entries in a franchise might be bundled or closely related franchises might see a compare and contrast posed not to mention the occasional challenge/run within a game might happen instead.



    #63 - Treasure World (NDS)

    Although we promised to take it easy on the puzzle titles for a little while this might be a bit close to it for some and if so we apologise. Still games which make use of surroundings and things not entirely related to the original game have long been interesting for people with examples ranging ranging from older games like Operation: Inner Space making levels from your file tree and icons within it, Pyscho Mantis in Metal Gear Solid reading the contents of memory cards, Eternal Darkness on the gamecube mimicking a dodgy TV set, the Boktai solar sensors changing the game with the light that falls on it, the AR cards that various 3DS games and features use are a good example, Namco Bandai have filed patents on similar concepts and others have even come the other way and turned Doom into a task manager.
    Aspyr, the developers of Treasure World, are probably better known for porting games every which way (although usually PC games to Mac systems) but they have tried their hands at developing some games along the way with this being one of their most notable titles. The game itself is a treasure hunting game which is fine but rather than a random map in the game as with most other titles like it this uses wifi signals the DS can see to generate treasures essentially turning wardriving into a fully fledged game*. Where it made it big splash when it was released these days it is usually remembered more in the novel concept discussions and not a lot else so we though we would see if that is justified.
    *reviewers at the time noted there was a not a lot other than treasure collection but we figure people play Animal Crossing so that might not matter so much.

    Developer showcasing the game

    Should Aspyr stick to porting games or were they onto something here? If you like this sort of thing you might also like the DS homebrew Metro wardive which functions along a similar line.



    gbagotw should get you other links in this series

     
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    The mechanics of the game are cool, but what else does it have except for treasures?
    And what can you do with those treasures?
    I think this gotw is a bit lacking in explanation.
     
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    It is pretty much animal crossing with wardriving and a slightly better online component- some mini puzzles, some music, some pictures, some trinkets and maybe a very light element of little big planet (although if you do want construction toys mechanic master and pocket physics). However where animal crossing could be pretty boring unless you went out of your way to make your own amusement in it this does a little better for some people.
     
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    Okay, thanks for the extra info.
    I'll certainly try it, if only just for the interesting wifi concept.
    I do wonder why this concept isn't used in more games; do they have it patented or something of the sort?
     
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    I have been playing this game on and off for 2 years now, and what I can say about it is that it is a great distraction for when you are on the bus or on the passenger's seat for example... it's fun to check out the weird names people give to their networks, and get goodies from the proccess.

    However, I must warn you all that this game is almost fucking endless... I live in a crowded metropolitan area, and I still haven't collected everything available... well, though I did get all of the cool stuff. All that is left now are some 300 species of plants (I am not kidding).
     
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    Sounds relevant to my interests.
    Always looking for endless games.

    Also, another question. Does anyone else know about more games with these kinds of gimmicks on Nintendo platforms?
     
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    I've played a lot of obscure titles from the NDS library, and despite that homebrew game, I don't remember anything remotely similar to this.
     
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    I remember playing this on my NDS. It was too slow for my liking, and too constrained to just looking for treasures!

    I actually prefer Animal Crossing. You can make your own fun in that.
     
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    If I remember my sister using it, there is a bit more than just collecting, but not much... that should not dissuade you from getting it though.... you can make music, creating tunes with items arranged in an order/space, and there were other things, she absolutely LOVED this game, she's an adult BTW. It carries the same charm the large gumball machines did when we were children, the ones with the neat prizes in them, always wondering what you'd get next... hoping for the coolest ones
     
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    worth the money since the work never ends. I say work bcz sometimes it can be a chore.
     

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