Hot Potato! for the Game Boy Advance is a mad little action puzzle game that should please almost any gamer–for a while at least. The premise is simple enough. You have a tray or something (I bought the game for £3 second-hand and had no manual with it) of hot potatoes in two rows of three. You can change the order of these, which is just as well, as you go along the road, you meet various other potatoes in your way; hit them with one of the same colour to get rid of it, but if you hit one with the wrong colour, it stays there and adds to your obstacles. Get held back too long and you lose a life.
That’s basically it! Well, not quite. There are two game modes: Mission and Score. In the latter you simply try to rack up as high a score as possible, while the Mission game is basically the same, however, you have to obtain certain objectives to continue to the next level. (You need to get enough “Special Potatoes” for a mission.) Along the way, you occasionally come across speed signs, and you can select one of these by staying on it long enough. The faster you go, the more points you score but, of course, the more difficult the game is.
The game features bright graphics with some amusing animations, and a soundtrack that is quite, quite mad. Unfortunately, though, there’s only one tune, so it gets a bit monotonous after a while. The potatoes are quite funny and wave merrily in true street party style or blow raspberries at you. The game is quite challenging and there are quite a few options to play with, if the urge takes you. For a quick game, this is a very nice game and younger children will certainly enjoy the colourful graphics, funny animations, and whacky music, even if they can’t work out how to play the game. An extended game however might well drive you up the wall…
There’s not much more to say really. For a quick blast it’s great, but it’s not much good for anything else. A welcome change from the endless stream of platformers and racing games though!
This game was brought to you by “Bam! Entertainment” and is rated “E or Everyone”. If you still have a working Game Boy Advance and can get hold of this on the cheap, you’ll have some fun with it. Of course, if you can get it on an emulator you can experience the game, but don’t feel that it would properly replicate the madness of the game on a handheld device.