Herald Sun - Switched On - - Games -

DS, $69.95

★★★★ In this DS puz­zle ti­tle, play­ers guide a troupe of wind-up Mar­ios through a va­ri­ety of sce­nar­ios. Once set in mo­tion, the mini Mar­ios will walk cease­lessly for­ward, so it’s up to the player to draw in plat­forms and con­veyor belts and use springs, pipes and power-ups. It’s charm­ingly ex­e­cuted, with cute char­ac­ters and well-de­signed puzzles. Mini-Land May­hem even in­cludes a level edi­tor.

PS3/360, $23.95/$20

★★ The first Rearmed game was a pol­ished re­make of a long-lost Nin­tendo clas­sic. Its use of a grap­pling hook to get around, plus sat­is­fy­ing com­bat and level de­sign, made it a great game for new­com­ers and vet­er­ans alike. Sadly, the se­quel isn’t of the same stan­dard. The in­tro­duc­tion of jump­ing makes game­play less chal­leng­ing, while the game de­sign isn’t as mem­o­rable. Out now.

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