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Joystiq presents

Meteos: Disney Magic gets the preview treatment

It's been well documented here at DS Fanboy how much we absolutely love Meteos, as well as puzzle games in general. When the announcement hit that there would be a Disney-themed edition of the game, we almost literally blew up with excitement. Regardless of the Disney theme, more Meteos was just what the doctor ordered for our bad case of needing to solve puzzles. IGN recently got their hands on an early build of the game and there has been a few changes to the already-beloved experience, causing us to wonder if this updated dose of Meteos is going to cure our ailment.

First of all, the DS now needs to be held like a book as if the player is playing Brain Age. Supposedly, this is to maximize visual space, but we'd be lying if we said the change was something we supported. Another change is that now on Easy and Medium difficulty, you can move blocks horizontally, as long as they're surrounded by at least one block on its left and right. We're anxious to get our hands on the final product, but for now we're choosing to remain skeptical. How about you, anxious or angry?

[Thanks BPMΩ!]

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1. While I thought the change in orientation was dumb at first too, it actually keeps the original aspect ratio of the playing field while making the pieces bigger and easier to grab. So that's okay.

What isn't okay, however, is that the top screen is no longer even tangentially related to the gameplay. I'm sure the characters will react to the action, but that pales in comparison to seeing the Meteos hit the planet of the user's choice.

Plus they changed the gameplay. Ugh.

Posted at 2:48PM on Oct 23rd 2006 by 20XX

2. This new Meteos seems to be designed by the same people, so I have high hopes for it.

The stink of Disney will be difficult to overcome, however.

Posted at 2:56PM on Oct 23rd 2006 by John H.

3. no wifi and just change how the graphics look and move left and right. This seems like a small change in design so why exactly is this coming out next year?

I can't stand the Disney idea, at the very least they could do something worthwhile with the second screen.

This game stinks of being easier and watered down version of the original that will cater to babies. NO BUY

Posted at 3:56PM on Oct 23rd 2006 by adolph vega

4. I think the Disney version well sell better then the regular version of Meteos. It's another licensed Disney game that sells a boatload of copies no matter how craptacular it is.

Posted at 5:23PM on Oct 23rd 2006 by idioteraser

5. The vertical sliding brings some Tetris Attack style game mechanics into play, for better or worse. And it seems the whole second screen is wasted. I love the original Meteos, but what is the point of remaking this game if they aren't going to improve it, other than making more money for Disney.

I was really looking forward to some online action, but No WFC support means no buy from me too.

Posted at 5:53PM on Oct 23rd 2006 by doot

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