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     " But perhaps they planned it this way; I mean the graphics can't very well put you to sleep when your ears are bleeding. "

      Title: Yu-Gi-Oh!: Dark Duel Stories by Konami

      Format: Card Game Simulation for GameBoy Color

      Reviewing Monkey: Simi N.

      The Hype: Become the best card master in the universe! Duel against many characters from the animated TV show, import cards from the official card game to create more powerful decks, mix and match card parts to create more powerful cards, trade cards or duel with your friends via GB link-cable.

      What This Monkey Thought...

      Graphics: Truthfully this game has poor graphics. I have seen plenty of games that have far better graphics that this one and most of those games have a lot more happening on the screen at once. This game really has a very bland presentation and the card graphics really could have been cooler looking. The backgrounds are very boring being composed of only one color and that goes for the menus as well. Overall with the graphics in this game after playing for about ten minutes you'll probably...have....trou...ble..(yawn) 2 out of 5.

      Sound: The sound in this game is worse than the graphics, and I mean much worse. The music is absolutely atrocious. I mean the bland graphical presentation wasn't the best, but I'm fairly certain the music actually made my ears bleed. But perhaps they planned it this way; I mean the graphics can't very well put you to sleep when your ears are bleeding. Anyway the sound effects are decent considering what system they are coming from, but there aren't a whole lot of them to hear considering the type of game it is. 1 out of 5.

      Playability: Finally something good eh? The gameplay is pretty decent. You play with your own deck of cards that you can add to and sort as you progress through the game. The rules of the card game are fairly easy to pick up and you will be kicking butt in no time. And this game has cool features like the ability to trade cards with those that your friend has with the GBC link cable. 4 out of 5.

      Multiplayer and Replayability: The multiplayer aspect of the game is actually pretty cool if you are into the card game scene. As long as you turn down the sound it can be pretty fun. The best part of the multiplayer is that you get to trade cards with your friends. The replay value is seriously hampered by the lackluster graphics and sound, but you will probably want to keep playing just to see what new and better cards you can get for your deck. 3 out of 5.

      Story/Dramatics: : I wouldn't qualify this game as having a real story. Basically all there really is are a bunch of groups of players that you have to beat until you get to challenge and hopefully beat the Four Rulers of the Heavens. Not really a story so much as a reason, so 0 out of 0.

      The Verdict:

       This game, while it is a decent concept, is really hampered by its poor visual and audio presentation. There is probably enough there to keep the hardcore card game or Yu-Gi-Oh! fans there, but for the rest of us there ain't much.

      The Good: The gameplay is simple and kind of fun, you can trade cards with your friends.

      The Bad: The graphics will bore you to sleep, the sound will make you wish you were deaf.

      The Overall Ugly: This game is for the hardcore fans; no one else and even those hardcore fans may have trouble stomaching it.

      What it's Worth: $5.00.

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