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Tumble Pop (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Tumble Pop is a cross between Lode Runner and Ghostbusters. This may not be the most exciting Virtual Console game of July, but it offers a lot of gameplay for not much money. The vacuum mechanics are fun, even if the game overstays its welcome. This is the kind of smaller Game Boy game I would like to see more of on the 3DS Virtual Console; let's hope it doesn't get lost in the rush of bigger releases. Rating: 64%
Tumble Pop (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? Based on an arcade game nobody played, Tumble Pop is a cross between Lode Runner and Ghostbusters. Sadly Bill Murray doesn't show up cracking jokes about the black and white graphics, but you will spend a lot of your time sucking up ghouls and ghosts with a vacuum. It may not be an original idea, but it does make for an interesting action game that sees you playing through a haunted house, ghost ship, spooky castle and more. The main goal is to suck up bad guys and shoot them at destructible objects and other baddies. Along the way you'll pick up the required objects (as well as letters that spell out T-U-M-B-L-E-P-O-P) and move from stage to stage. This arcade port features an impressive collection of levels, a large overhead world to explore and even items to purchase at the store.

Does It Still Hold Up? While not Data East's biggest hit, Tumble Pop offers enough content to keep fans going for weeks to come. The game even offers a construction set that allows players to design their own stages. The problem is the repetition, which got to me after a while. Even with the different stages and layouts, Tumble Pop becomes tiring after only a few stages. Despite being on the basic side, the gameplay holds up and fans of the arcade game should be pleased with the black and white port.

Is It Worth The Money? Tumble Pop may not be the most exciting Virtual Console game of July, but it offers a lot of gameplay for not much money. The vacuum mechanics are fun, even if the game overstays its welcome. This is the kind of smaller Game Boy game I would like to see more of on the 3DS Virtual Console; let's hope it doesn't get lost in the rush of bigger releases.
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