Mr. Driller Drill Land deserves to be remembered, and now he has a second chance on PC and Switch today.

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I don’t know what it was about Mr piercer That attracted me to him in 1999. Maybe it was the beautiful color scheme or the adorable pet.

Either way, the Arcade / PlayStation / Dreamcast original made me a life-long fan. So you better think I’m here for him Mr. Driller Drill Land remaster on PC and Switch.

Mr. Driller Drill Land (PC, switch [tested])
Developer: Bandai Namco
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Posted: June 25, 2020
MSRP: $ 29.99

As a little cleaning, Drilling ground is actually the fifth game in the Mr piercer Serie.

Don’t worry though, as there is no true story or continuity that is being missed – just know that you are playing as Dig Dug’s son Susumu Hori, and that everything is fine. Drilling ground It also happens to be a kind of spin-off, containing multiple game modes beyond a traditional World Tour mode that takes you through an underground theme park. This is great news for people who are new to the franchise, as it contains a wide variety of game types to try.

Your job is simple: In most cases, get to the end of a level by digging to the bottom without being crushed or running out of air. Strategically plan your excavations to avoid covering the infrastructure with the help of the first, while grabbing ignition air tanks will allow you to survive the last task. Six basic characters are at your disposal, all of which have slightly different play styles. It’s harder than it sounds, and that’s the basic charm of Mr piercer.

Essentially, most of the game involves holding down one direction while pressing the A button to punch, but what really matters is how you choose each move you make. Digging into a colored mass will immediately remove the entire block, while matching falling blocks will remove them in turn. You’ll also need to navigate the pesky “X” blocks, which cost air to dig.

Beyond the main mode, there is also a Indiana Jones-as a theme that adds cheating to the mix (Drindy Adventure), a mode where you fight ghosts (Horror Night House), a fantasy area with elements similar to RPGs (The Hole of Druaga) and science scenarios fiction (Star Driller). All of these contain fun new themes and slightly alter the gameplay to mix things up. All themes are on point as they don’t drastically change the core of the game and are on the mark (read: cute). Beyond the scope of additional modes, options are the name of the game for Drilling ground remaster. There is a simpler “casual” mode, as well as “classic”, which recreates the original GameCube 2002 experience.

You can also choose to play solo or multiplayer (career or direct competition) for up to four players. The extras are also in-depth and include things like a library that explains the history of the universe for each activity, along with classic old-school things like a sound check or a scene player. It is a fun game to let yourself be caught for days at a time. A fresh coat of paint is pretty much everything this classic needs, as [Japanese] Voice acting and timeless art style are already transferred naturally.

It was a joy to revisit the world of Mr piercer again, and the Switch is one of the best places to do it given the pint-by-tier format. Don’t let the price scare you – puzzle fans will get a lot of play Drilling ground.

[These impressions are based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]

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