Published on August 15th, 2013 | by octaneblue0
Review: Aura-Aura Climber
Release Date: February 22, 2010
If you’re looking for some simple, arcade-style action on your DSi or 3DS, you definitely want to look into Aura-Aura Climber. It’s addictive and for just $2.00, it’s a steal! Read on for the full review!
Aura-Aura is a fallen star, and your goal in the game is to get Aura-Aura back into the sky. The game does not make use of touch controls, but instead opts for the control pad to change directions and the A button for climbing – that’s it. The screens display a large, vertical view of the map. Once you start up the game, you’ll notice its cute but simple art style, and some catchy tunes. You also get an in-depth tutorial that show’s what the game’s all about.
The goal is to get from the beginning at the bottom to the end at the very top of the level. This is done by climbing between circular floating pegs via Aura-Aura’s extendable arm. The game begins with relatively simple paths, with just Aura-Aura moving from stationary peg to stationary peg. But, as the game continues, you’ll start seeing moving pegs, enemies in the forms of purple sparks, instant kill traps, switches to activate, and more.
There are two modes in the game: Score Attack, in which you go through the game’s 10 levels and go for high scores, in which you’ll be given a grade, and Endless, in which you keep going until you get a game over. Along the way, you’ll come across jewels that help with your score at the end of each level. The larger the jewel, the more points it’s worth.
And you’ll also find some power-ups that will help on your quest. These include hearts that restore health, an item that extends Aura-Aura’s reach by a little bit, bombs that clear the screen of enemies, and the rare but all-powerful invincibility power-up. A timer counts down with each Score Attack stage, which provides more points if more time is left.
Beyond going through the 10 levels in Score Attack, there aren’t any additional levels or unlockables. There are, however, medals that act as the game’s “achievements” – there are 30 in all. These help add a bit more replay value to the game for completionists.
Simple, cute, fun, and inexpensive, Aura-Aura Climber is a nice, hidden gem on DSiWare that’s recommended to check out. It’s a great choice for gamers that want quick pick-up-and-play sessions on the go.
+ Very easy-to-learn gameplay
+ Cute graphic style
+ Extremely affordable
– Only 10 Score Attack levels
– No unlockables
Final Score: 4 out of 5