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Forget Mario and Luigi. Glover is a wacky 3-D platform game that proves that pudgy plumbers don't have all the fun. Glover is an enchanted glove that must navigate a ball throughout seven bizarre worlds, overcoming obstacles and defeating enemies. In addition to simply rolling the ball around, Glover can slap, throw, bounce, and even ride atop the ball like a circus bear; also, he can transform the ball into a rubber ball, bowling ball, or ball bearing.
The challenge of getting the ball from point to point in the game's 20-plus levels requires not only ingenuity but also precise execution. Thankfully, the controls are tight, and practice mode allows you to brush up on your skills. Be warned: this is not a game for the easily frustrated!
While the gameplay is certainly inspired, Glover's graphics and sound are merely passable, which doesn't help the game's cookie-cutter storyline and inane characters like Mr. Tip, a floating thing with eyes that (surprise!) gives you advice. --Joe Hon
- Inventive and challenging gameplay
- 2-player time-trial mode
- Merely passable graphics and sound
- May be too frustrating for some gamers