A dating sim story mode from the Japanese release was axed during localization, which helps explain why the single-player lineup feels notably incomplete. You can choose to play individual minigames or pick five for a cumulative point total, but that's all. The two-player offerings fare slightly better, with a Love Challenge compatibility test and a 16-match Panel Attack mode in which each player attempts to gain control of a game board, but it's primarily window dressing atop the same tired set of minigames.
Some will undoubtedly find pleasure in the quirky nature of the content, with its fondness for large afro-adorned men and anime girls - but something is off about Furu Furu Park. Maybe it's the nine-month layoff since the import release, or the neutered localization (Unwrap the Mummy was originally about stripping geishas, and we would have preferred that), but the end result is a boring, bland affair that sadly smudges the names of a few true classics.
Jan 25, 2008