gloverAmazon.com Forget Mario and Luigi. Glover is a wacky 3-D platform game that proves that pudgy plumbers don't have all the fun. Glover is an enchanted glove that must navigate a ball throughout seven bizarre worlds, overcoming obstacles and defeating enemies. In addition to simply rolling the ball around, Glover can slap, throw, bounce, and even ride atop the ball like a circus bear; also, he can transform the ball into a rubber ball, bowling ball, or ball bearing. The challenge of getting the ball from point to point in the game's 20-plus levels requires not only ingenuity but also precise execution. Thankfully, the controls are tight, and practice mode allows you to brush up on your skills. Be warned: this is not a game for the easily frustrated! While the gameplay is certainly inspired, Glover's graphics and sound are merely passable, which doesn't help the game's cookie-cutter storyline and inane characters like Mr. Tip, a floating thing with eyes that (surprise!) gives you advice. --Joe HonPros: Inventive and challenging gameplay 2-player time-trial mode Cons: Merely passable graphics and sound May be too frustrating for some gamers Product description The Kingdom's peaceful world has been shattered! The wizard, while mixing potions with his magical gloves has caused a huge explosion, turning him instantly to stone and dislodging the seven crystals that give the Kingdom its energy. Without the crystals, the castle and its world will fall apart and the wizard will be lost! It's down to Glover, one of the magical gloves, to find the crystals, now disguised as rubber balls and return them safely to the castle. Guide Glover and the balls through seven magical worlds full of puzzles and hidden surprises. Watch out! The evil glove is lurking in the shadows, and he'll stop at nothing to foil Glover's attempts at restoring peace. Review You've probably never played a game like Glover before. One part 3D platform game, one part puzzle game, one part basketball game, and one part just plain weird, Glover puts you in charge of (you guessed it) a glove. You have at your disposal a magic ball that you can bounce, dribble, throw, and even transform at will into different shapes for different uses. You wander around from world to world, solving puzzles in an effort to get your ball safely across obstacles. There's a lot to like about this game, namely its originality. I mean, who would have thought of a glove for the main character in a game? The graphics are appealing (but a bit dull like so many other N64 titles), and the soundtrack, if not up to current standards, is certainly not grating. The only reason why Glover falls flat on its face (or palm) is that the play mechanics will quickly frustrate even the most avid lover of puzzle games. Succeeding in the game requires that you toss or bounce the ball into tight spaces with razor-sharp accuracy, but the ball reacts so differently each time you toss it that you can never be sure where to aim. To the credit of the game's developers, the real problem with the ball is that it behaves too realistically; in the real world, the unpredictability of where a ball will go when you throw it is half the fun. But when you're playing a puzzle game, this uncertainty becomes a major hassle instead of a source of excitement. All of this doesn't mean that you should necessarily avoid Glover. If you have a lot of patience and like challenge in your puzzle games, you may get a lot of gameplay out of this title. Be sure to rent it first to find out just how patient you are. --John Broady --Copyright ©1999 GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited. GameSpot and the GameSpot logo are trademarks of GameSpot Inc. -- GameSpot Review
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