Mario deserves a vacation for once...am I right? Over and over again, he has to save that ******* Peach who keeps getting captured - who would'nt want a break?! Mario must live in a world called "sodding typical" though, because on a holiday of his...he confronts more trouble!
His plane lands, and the first thing Mario comes across is a troublesome substance on the runway. During this time he befreinds a spray-powered water system called FLUDD (it's an abbreviation of something...i forget what), and luckily enough FLUDD is the one who can get rid of this substance.
As you progress further into Isle Delfino (such a gay name given to the venue of this game), you realise that a Mario double has been terrorising the Island with a paint-like liquid. The Italian police are mistaking you for this fiend, and are therefore keeping a close eye! Your only hope is to return the light to the Island by collecting the lost "Shine Sprites".
These Shine Sprites work in the exact same way as stars. Incase you're deprived and have no clue, you go round different levels doing various misisons in order to attain rewards. The reward this time...is a Shine Sprite.
So that's basically the gameplay. There are 8 levels each with a certain amount of sprites to get by doing various mission in each. And to complete these missions, you have a water pistol-pump thing named FLUDD. FLUDD is basically an awesome cleaning product, and is your main weapon in killing all the paint-like enemies on this island...****ing lucky you came across it.
There are different nozzles you can get for FLUDD, the main one is a spray nozzle....for spraying. Then there is a rocket nozzle that jets you sky high, and a Turbo nozzle that makes you fizz across the water in speedboat style. There is also the hover nozzle, which can help you get to high places. So there's more than just cleaning crap to this little FLUDD device. And it's fun to work out which nozzle to use in certain situations...simple, but fun. It makes you feel good when you work it out either way!
The graphics are superb in this. There is a large tropical theme in the game, because this is Mario's vacation venue (he must be ****ing livid about working on his holidays). And light colours, and very relaxed venues are the basis around this game. I reckon if you were upset about a bad day at work, or your girlfriend moving out...5 minutes of this game would convert the frown into a smile. It is a very happy game, and the "happy" graphics that this game offers can have a very positive effect on anyone!
It's not only the looks, but the sounds that also offer enjoyment. The very tropical-like music makes you just want to buy a cocktail bar, and make yourself a Tequilla Sunrise right there on the spot. Plus it's good music, so you will dance to it as well. I'm just impressed with the water overall. The graphics look superb as to what the water touches, and when spraying the liquid, it sounds very much like water - could make some people thirsty I'm sure.
It's easy to control Mario! Very simple and minimal controls. All you need is jump, spray and kick buttons. Along with a few others of course! But there are icons on the screen that remind you anyway. I'm happy to say that the camera has slightly improved. It can still be annoying at times, but for once it does as it's told in the most needed times!
The only problem with this game is the slight repetition. There are 8 levels like I said earlier, but all the missions are in the same pattern for every level. For example, every 7th mission in each level is, 'capture the Shadow Mario', and every 4th mission is 'collect the red coins'. And since all the levels have the same tropical theme, it can get frustratingly the same.
Overall, I'd say Mario has kept his reputation up. It's not the best Mario game, but it's original. And even though there are a few flaws here and there, it's definately safe to say that this is a fun game to play. So take the day off for Christ sake! And have yourself a sunny day with Mario.