Ahead of the launch of the upcoming 101-in-1 Megamix Sports for Nintendo DS, Nordcurrent have seen fit to adapt their successful game series to the PlayStation Portable (PSP), with 101-in-1 Megamix now available to download from the PlayStation Store. Offered at a reasonable price and wrapped in a diminutive package, allowing it to be stored on a modest capacity Memory Stick Pro Duo for older PSP models, is respectfully competitive in an under represented genre on the format.
As would be expected from the title, 101-in-1 Megamix features 101 games that vary drastically both in style and activity. Ranging from escapades in the Wild West to space-age racing, light brain-teasers to quick-fire challenges, 101-in-1 Megamix falls into the genre established by Nintendo’s charming WarioWare series. Though it may not be as immediate and demanding as any of the WarioWare titles, it’s arguably the closet the PSP has come to replicating the formula.
The game is constructed as a series of themed television shows, with only a handful of mini-games available to begin with. Successful completion of those available at the start will unlock further games, eventually building into the formally touted 101 available. Some games are obviously far stronger than others, with a number standing-up to repeated player while others outlive their welcome just as players attempt to complete them and move-on.
The game features it’s own in-game Trophy system, which will perhaps be the biggest draw for solo players once a basic grasp of each of the different types of mini-games has been achieved. Luckily however, there is additional longevity offered in the form of a multiplayer mode, playable by up to two players in ad-hoc mode simultaneously. There are two gameplay mode options in 101-in-1 Megamix’s multiplayer, a fairly traditional presentation and a Marathon mode. In Marathon mode, players are given a list of five randomly assigned games, with the winner being the player who earns the most points in across all five.
101-in-1 Megamix features a welcoming visual quality, far from the top tier of the PSP’s recent output but pleasantly colourful and never less than competent. Each game is distinctive and there are few blemishes that interrupt your enjoyment of the game. From a technical standpoint, occasional collision issues do exist in certain mini-games, but many will overlook this, simply choosing not to play any such mini-games beyond their initial completion.
101-in-1 Megamix won’t break any records, but it isn’t intended to. A simple slice of fun offered at a reasonable price, 101-in-1 Megamix is a perfect choice for long-time PSP owning gamers wishing to purchase a game that can be enjoyed with their typically non-gaming partners and children. Enjoyable by most and easily ignored by others, 101-in-1 Megamix isn’t a game that’s exactly been missing from the PSP’s catalogue, but that it’s fairly unique will most likely result in many gamers adopting it just for a new experience on Sony’s handheld system.