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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Yoshi Topsy Turvy GBA has a built in gyroscope sensor that is much smaller than the similar Wario game. This lets you actually tilt your GBA unit to play the game.

This game is designed to be easy and fun for the younger set, so more advanced players might find it a bit too easy or dull. You are Yoshi, whose island has been trapped in pages of a book. Your only way to free the island is to go from page to page, pleasing the spirits in each section so they help you free your island.

Really what this means is that you have to move left to right (or sometimes top to bottom) along a one-way track, avoiding enemies, gathering coins, eating fruit, or performing whatever other actions are required to move along.

For example, in one area the "baby eggs" that once lived there in happy harmony have now been turned into red fruits. You have to eat each one and fart out the original egg. I'm not exactly sure how this works in the digestive system, but Nintendo has always played a bit fast and loose with this sort of thing :) You can even see which eggs you've freed over time, in a gallery area.

By tilting the GBA unit left and right, sort of like spinning a lazy susan clockwise or counterclockwise, you help Yoshi move along. You swing wrecking balls, let Yoshi slide down snowy slopes, roll slowballs into larger and larger sizes, and even ride on half-pipes. None of the puzzles are really challenging, but again this is meant for kids. The puzzles are all ones that a kid can figure out relatively easily and then have a lot of fun playing through.

The game isn't really long, but you can always go back and replay sections that you enjoy a lot, looking to get every point there and get the highest score.

Well recommended for its target age group!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2005
I became a Yoshi fan overnight when I got Yoshi's Island for a present two years ago by accident. It's the only game I play. I do play other games, but I keep Yoshi's Island in my Gameboy SP most of time becuz I'm quite addicted to it.

When I heard about Yoshi Topsy-Turvy I read a lot of bad reviews on it. So, I was kind of nervous about paying so much for a game that wouldn't live up to Yoshi's Island, but I'm actually really glad I bought it. It's not as bad as it sounds. No, it doesn't live up to Yoshi's Island sadly, but it is a different route for Yoshi fans to take.

It gets addicting to turn the Gameboy back and forth, but it can get hard, especially if you forget which way to turn and Yoshi falls into a pit or hits the spikes, haha, but my real complaint about the game is that it's harder to build lives. On Yoshi's Island I'd play one level maybe 3 times and within minutes I'd have 10-15 extra lives, but on this game you can barely make 1 life on one level.

The 3D effect is really good too. I think it'd be a good purchase for Yoshi fans, but if you don't want to pay $30 dollars for it, maybe you could rent it and see if you enjoy how the game is "Topsy-Turvy"-wise, before deciding whether or not to spend that much.

What's also really different is not worrying about getting Mario back if he falls off of Yoshi. I was so used to the annoying crying sound Mario made. Lol.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2005
I absolutely love this game!! To play, you turn the game system to change the elevation of the ground that Yoshi is on and the way that things roll or move. It works remarkably well! I have read other reviews of some other game like this and they said that the turning mechanism was faulty. I guarrantee you that this game works like magic! I am amazed at both this and the quality of the graphics. What a creative idea Nintendo had! I haven't yet played all of the Mario games, but I am most definitely working on that I can assure you. The ones that I have played so far have provided me with countless hours of fun! My only negative comment about this game is that it is not long enough and somewhat easy in the early stages. Have fun!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2006
This game was a GREAT game about yoshi and I am so glad I got it. This game is really cool because you have to tilt your gameboy to do certain things. If you want to move a boulder just tilt the gameboy in the direction you want it to roll. Yoshi is my favorite character and I'm so glad to see him starring in his very own game. (Not counting the yoshi games with baby mario.) Yoshi's Story was also great N64 product but I'm suprised nintendo hasn't made a remake for it on gamecube or something. I loved the graphics in Topsy-Turvy because it was designed like cardboard. The world would be like cardboard. Besides, the story was that Hongo turned Yoshi's Island into a pop-up book. One of the annoying things are the missions you have to complete to continue onto the next page. Well, if there weren't missions the game would be way too easy. Yoshi can't make eggs though but he can eat the original enemies like shy guys. Or simply jump on them. Overall, the music is catchy, the game is addicting, and it is really fun!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I was afraid that after reading some of the BAD reviews, Yoshi Topsy Turvy might not be to my expectations, but it was actually above my expectations! When Bowser attacks the egglings on Yoshi's Island, Hongo the book spirit puts Bowser inside a picture book but accidentally traps Yoshi's Island in it as well.

The spirit who opposed Hongo's idea was fired and told Yoshi the story and that Hongo might return Yoshi's Island back to normal if he got to the last page of the book. Yoshi was very angry after hearing this so in return, the spirit gave him the power to turn the world around him. The tilt sensor on the back of the game makes it look weird but it's truly amazing. I've heard people complaining about how it doesn't work most of the time and that's because they didn't calibrate it correctly. Some people might wonder how it will work when it's in the DS or GBA SP. You can change it so it does when it turns on. There are six chapters in the book(Excluding the two boss chapters) that each have their own spirit. Only by meeting the spirit's needs, will you be able to pass. The difficulty starts outs really easy and progresses so that you learn how to use the tilt sensor in different ways. I found parts of this game very challenging including the final boss. Each spirit has different things they like so each chapter has their own challenge. Still, you can face other spirits in a chapter or even having a two-mission level where you have to do two objectives. The things you have to do in the levels for the spirits are, eat apples to save egglings, get a certain number of coins, kill a certain number of enemies, beat the level in a certain time limit, beat the level without killing four or more enemies, and a spirit who sends a spinning wall of saws at you(This one has to be combined with another). Almost any of these can be combined with another for chaotic fun. To complete a level you have to go through the rooms and complete the objective(Or objectives) and touch the the big star(s) at the end of the level. If you completed the objective(s), you will get a completed screen with a gold or silver happiness medal(They determine the chance of winning the mini-game.). If you get the mini-game, you get a chance to get more coins to get extra lives. To get the next level all you need to do is touch the big star(s) and you will automatically get it. You only need to complete a certain number of levels and get to the big star(s) at the last level in the chapter to advance to the next chapter where you will meat a new spirit. With the tilt mechanism you can, climb up vertical walls, roll boulders and spiked rolling enemies, change the way you fall or make Yoshi jump higher and farther, swing pendulums and ships(And things like that.), and change the tidal waves when you're in a ship or boat. So there's a lot you can do with tilt-control. The graphics are like the Yoshi Story graphics where the characters are 3-dimensional and the backgrounds and levels are 2-dimensional. Even though you can beat this game within six hours, you can still go back and do the levels you couldn't beat or just start a new file(By the way, you can start up to three files.). It's up to you whether to buy it or not. My opinion? Buy it, it's a great game and worth its price(I would even pay $40 for it).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2005
I love this game. I have beat it and now doing the bonus levels. I also have gone back to finish things I have missed on all the levels. Took me awhile to beat Bowser at the end but you have to tilt your gameboy back and forth till Bowser falls into the lava. This game starts off easy but gets harder and harder, and is hard to put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2007
This game is one of the best games I have ever played!!!! In the Game you actually turn your Game Boy to control Yoshi. The game's level's challenge gradually progresses throughout the game so you are constantly being challenged. Overall I'd say this game is one of my favorite games in the world!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2007
This game makes your GameBoy play like a wii. My kids love it and have now revieved their GameBoys and are even playing other games again. But they fight over this one - so maybe get 2 ;)

I got mine from Amazon for $11 something after coupon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2005
I was curious about the tipping future of this game but it works very well. It adds a new dimention to gaming. The first few levels are very easy, giving you time to get used to the 'tipping.' After that the game becomes more challenging, but then I am an occasional player and your opinion could be different. Either way, this game will be a lot of fun for you or the kids.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2005
I don't care what you peoples think!!! Yoshi is great. The levels are cool. The music is great. I love Yoshi. I am obsessed with him but I do not care. I loves this game because it is one of the few games that has yoshi but NOT MARIO!!!! I wish mario would go away for a while, and let yoshi be the star of the show. I really like the game. It's a little bit easy, but otherwise excellent. A billion stars if you ask me. three cheers for yoshi! YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSHI!!!!
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