Excerpt: Downstream Panic! is more than just a variation on Loco Roco or other recent games like Patapon that feature simplified, graphic elements and gameplay. There are common themes such as the jaunty music and the visual style, but games like this are more about reacting against super-realism than...
Excerpt: Apparently a tropical storm has sucked out the entire collection of fish from the oceans and it is up to the player to safely get them back, avoiding sharks and other dangerous objects… It takes just a few minutes to figure out what you are supposed to be doing, then it clicks in this strategy game.
Summary: It may look and feel like Lemmings, but Atari's newest puzzler has a number of tricks up its sleeve. Downstream Panic proves to be one of the most charming and exciting puzzle games of the year, an adorable little game that combines old school gameplay with modern graphics.
Summary: Based on nothing more than screenshots and a short description you may think that Atari's newest portable puzzle game, Downstream Panic, is nothing more than a LocoRoco rip-off. After all, this is an adorable 2D game that requires you to guide a bunch of happy-go-lucky characters to safety.
Excerpt: If you read my preview to Downstream Panic then you know my initial reaction to this Playstation Portable (PSP) video game developed by Eko, and published by Atari. If you have not read my preview, let me sum it up – I expected a game with a lot of problems.
Summary: Downstream Panic! is an unpredictable, fast-paced, tactical puzzle-action that places players in the position of a sea-creature preservationist out to save the world from a fantastic cyclone that has blasted the world's fish into the Earth's atmosphere.
Excerpt: being pleasantly surprised by games, and that goes double for games that one would normally discount as being mediocre based just one concept alone. There were ample times where could have faltered or broke out of the simple rule set that it created to try to do more, but instead it sticks rigidly...
Excerpt: Ok. When I agreed to review this game, it was just so that I’d have an excuse to buy it and find out just what in the hell it was. The screenshots didn’t give much away, (except that there was fish) and very few people seemed to know what it was.
Excerpt: Puzzle games and handhelds. Like peanut butter and jelly, the two have always gone hand in hand with one another. Thanks to the overwhelming success of Tetris and the GameBoy, puzzle games always seem better suited on handhelds, as opposed to consoles.