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Dr. Mario World Makes Its Debut on Mobile

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A Brief Look at Dr. Mario World

Dr. Mario World is a puzzle game developed by Nintendo. Released on July 19, 2019, for iOS and Android, the puzzler is the latest title in the illustrious Dr. Mario series. In the Dr. Mario titles, you throw multicolored Megavitamins to destroy viruses. Match two colors to the corresponding viruses and take them out. Much like in Tetris, you’ll encounter obstacles to make your path difficult. Planning ahead plays key in how you organize your pills and clear each stage.

Most players will fondly remember the title on NES or Game Boy. However, Dr. Mario has appeared on numerous Nintendo consoles, to include the Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance, Wii, and the 3DS. This entry marks the first time the series has ventured out of the Nintendo hardware line.

Consequently, Dr. Mario World’s appearance on mobile devices comes after the widespread success of similar puzzle titles on mobile devices, such as Bejeweled and Candy Crush Saga. In fact, Dr. Mario World’s level progression seems modeled after that of Bejeweled Stars.

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Instead of writing a critical review, we want to give you an idea of what Dr. Mario World is like. Instead of focusing on pros and cons, we’ll go over the game at length and what you might enjoy from it. This will be a bit more lax than our typical review. But continue reading as we cover the core aspects of the game.

Audiovisual

Dr. Mario World’s visuals look like the art style you may be used to from recent Mario mobile games. The 3D art style, borrowed from New Super Mario Bros., returns here as well. You’ll notice that each stage is covered in purple goop, diminished only after you clear the stage. The purple slime appears to give each stage a bubbly new touch. Also, you’ll find many of Mario’s acquaintances garbed up in Doctor gear!

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The music largely consists of classic remixes from past games. The title theme comes remixed right out of the original Dr. Mario while world map will play a small bit of the classic title theme. The in-game tracks also bring back Fever and Chill as well. If you enjoy basslines and funky beats, then you’ll love the music!

Gameplay

What’s changed from Dr. Mario? Originally, it featured a linear progression. You drop pills down onto the viruses and eliminate them one by one. In Dr. Mario World, the entire layout changes.

For starters, you’ll progress via world map. You’ll go stage-by-stage eliminating viruses in ever-changing challenges. Much like in a standard Mario game, each level is completely different from the last. The layout changes and sometimes the challenge as well.

Like in standard Mario fanfare, the challenge is built around the level designs and your ability to overcome the obstacles. While you can equip items to get viruses, you can also use a super meter to use a special skill. In Mario’s case, you can eliminate an entire row of viruses. Each character has a different ability, so be sure to experiment.

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In terms of the in-game features itself, much has changed since the original. Instead of moving downward, you now move up instead. In addition, you’ll break blocks and use item powerups to help clear your goal. While most missions require you to eliminate all viruses, some will mandate you collect all the hidden coins instead.

New to the series feature the ability to phase through blocks and gaps of any kind. As long as you have the space for it, you can move your capsule through a wall. In addition, you can now use half of a capsule and move it around to clear out viruses. This new level of control features intuitive touch controls and the ability to guide your way through the stage. You control it yourself and send the capsule when you’re ready, as you can hold it for as long as you want. Note, however, that you cannot move a capsule back down, so be careful.

Free to Play

Dr. Mario World uses the “gacha” element. It’s a free-to-play title akin to Fire Emblem Heroes and Dragalia Lost, Nintendo’s previous mobile endeavors. You’ll get a limited number of Hearts to use in a day. You can purchase more with real money or wait for it to reload. Plus you can summon more Doctors and helpers using Crystals, which you can also purchase with money. However, it’s not required to enjoy the game. You earn hearts after each cleared stage and can send hearts to your added friends as well. Nintendo goes the gacha route once again. Thankfully, they’re known for not being stingy and will generally give you a forgiving number of chances to clear a tough stage.

In Dr. Mario World, you’ll need an online connection to play. You can access daily challenges this way. These will net you coins, which you can use to purchase boost items. You may also receive other gifts as well.

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Right now, my biggest issue with Dr. Mario World is the crashing. This stems from the connectivity online. If you close the app and return, it may not connect. If you were in the middle of a level, you’ll have to use another Heart and restart it. Sometimes it will crash without exiting the app as well. While Nintendo has shared previous update notes attempting to eliminate this issue, players should be aware before entering the game.

Final Thoughts

It’s a great fit for players of all ages. I’ve gotten my dad to try the game as well. Simple enough for a beginning player, but provides a strong challenge for the veteran gamer. Also, you can play a 2-player mode as well. I have not played this feature yet, so I’m afraid I cannot say much on it. I’ve played through much of the campaign so far, however. 60 levels in and I can honestly say this game is a perfect fit for mobile devices.

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Dr. Mario World is an addictive puzzle game that succeeds and evolves on the original formula from 30 years ago. If you’re looking for a quick time-waster or one you can play for hours on end, Dr. Mario World’s consistent challenges will suit your needs. I used to not be a fan of puzzle games, but I can play Dr. Mario World for hours at a time. I enjoy this game and I recommend it for any Mario fan with a mobile device!

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Thank you for reading our Dr. Mario World feature. Have you tried the game yet? What do you like most so far? Let us know in the comments below!

Rango has been gaming since 1993. He loves Action/Adventure, JRPG, and Platforming games the most. When he's not writing reviews, he competes in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments.

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