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Electroplankton Rec-Rec - DSiWare Review

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Electroplankton Rec-Rec

DSiWare | Nintendo | 1 Player | Out Now | 200 Nintendo Points 
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13th March 2010; By KnucklesSonic8

Late in 2009, Nintendo decided to split up each Electroplankton from the DS game into a separate DSiWare release, costing 200 points a pop. This was a great idea since it allowed interested persons to pick and choose the best of the bunch without having to buy them all in a pack of sorts. Our first Electroplankton review will take a look at Electroplankton Rec-Rec which uses the DSi's mic to give players the ability to create sound clips. Put simply, if you enjoy the playback and recording capabilities of the DSi Sound application, then Electroplankton Rec-Rec may be right up your alley. 

    The Performance Mode is the central option of choice, allowing you to freely create your own sound clips. As you enter the mode, you'll find 4 fish-like creatures swimming in unison across the screen in a repeating loop. To mess with sounds, you simply choose the plankton you want by tapping it as it's swimming along. When it comes around to the right side of the screen, you can begin recording your sound clip through the use of the DSi's microphone. You can string up to 4 sound clips together, each lasting up to about 5 seconds. 

    You can also interact with the clips ever so slightly through button presses of the D-Pad. By pressing Up or Down, you can speed up or slow down the clips, respectively. You can also change the beat in the background by pressing Left or Right, which will make your clips sound more interesting. The feedback of the microphone is pretty good and even picks up background noise in the distance. If you'd like to start all over, you can simply press the Select button to clear any of the sound clips you've made thus far.

Audience Mode is essentially the same as Performance Mode, except that the game will automatically alter your sound clips for you. Don't worry about it being an automated affair as you can still jump in at anytime to interrupt the action. However, this mode will seem a tad underwhelming to some, as the clips will never be as sweet-sounding as what you'd see in other Electroplankton titles. Still, players can produce some clips that may be good for a laugh or two.

    Undeniably, the biggest complaint about all of the Electroplankton titles is that you're not able to save your compositions at all. It would've been nice if Nintendo added this feature to take advantage of the platform's capabilities. Mind you, there are other ways to record a musical masterpiece in any of the Electroplankton titles (e.g., using a jack that connects from the DSi to your PC). But it still would've been nice if Nintendo added a save feature in for convenience sake.

    You really have to think before purchasing Rec-Rec. It's mostly meant for humour and it doesn't really serve to be a strong purchase. You might get your money's worth if you enjoy combining multiple sound clips together to produce funny sound effects either for friends or for your own enjoyment. Although most will find that those 200 points are better spent elsewhere, some can take Rec-Rec and have fun for 5 minutes at a time without taking it too seriously.

18/30 - Okay/Average

Functionality 7/10 - Good feedback from the DSi's microphone, was rather unique as a DS release, not so much now
Presentation 7/10 - Contains two modes, interchangeable backbeats, resulting sound effects can be funny especially when sped up
Lasting Appeal 2/5 - Not as much content, can wear thin after 10 minutes, you may bring it out once in a while
Value 2/5 - Modest asking price, falls short when compared to the other Electroplankton titles

Equivalent to a score of 60% (percentage score is approximate and based solely on the previously stated rating)

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