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Rating

Graphics

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Chalkboard graphics invade the game with stunning effects and brilliantly innovative art designs. Each level has a different theme, from Chinese, to water, to mathematics. The enemies are all smoothly animated, as are the obstacles and bosses.

Sound

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The music is very rhythmic, and beats almost in time with the action. Every little sound is straight off a chalkboard, making you feel as if you're playing some classroom game.

Gameplay

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The left mouse button is used in a touch screen, Nintendo DS style, in which you hold down the button and draw shapes across the screen. You have a limited chalk power meter, so don’t take too long with your chalk pistol hand.

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Joakim Sandberg has done it again! Mr. Noitu will certainly become well known if he keeps up this rash of amazingly professional games. Some of the best freeware work I have ever seen has gone into making Noitu Love, and today, we present a game with just as much flavor and quality. Joakim has said time and again that he loves making bosses the most in his games, and that is just as true in this game, where the bosses provide a challenge like you won’t believe. Chalk, a Nintendo DS styled game, is guaranteed to provide hours of fun is it’s 6 HUGE levels. Read on to find out why this game deserves so much praise.

An extreme emphasis on chalkboards has gone into the making of this amazing arcade action game, in which you use the power of chalk to destroy enemies, pass obstacles, and thwart ruthless bosses. There is no story, just hours of pure fun and enjoyment. In this game, you play a sort of strange chalk girl, who follows a drawn chalk sun icon throughout many challenging levels. To move, you simply use the right mouse button, which you can learn from the games simple and quick tutorial, located at the HELP icon on the main screen. You’ll need to be quick to avoid obstacles and enemy attacks.

The left mouse button is used in a touch screen, Nintendo DS style, in which you hold down the button and draw shapes across the screen. You have a limited chalk power meter, so don’t take too long with your chalk pistol hand. You can draw lines to destroy enemy projectiles, or you can even use the power of chalk to deflect projectiles back at the enemy. Some enemies need to be hit in four or five places at once, which can be quite tricky. Other obstacles and enemies need one VERY long line to be drawn to destroy them, depending on their size. There are a variety of chalk-able items in the game as well. There is a block which can aid in destroying enemies, and there is also a bungie that can be flung at any enemy. In the middle of a stage, a miniboss will appear. Normally, such a miniboss requires hardly any intelligence at all to beat, but watch out in the later levels. One miniboss was a super fast rocket, which can be tough to avoid. Luckily a warning arrow is displayed before some attacks. At the end of each stage, watch out! The background will roll away, and the major boss will appear. These enemies require much more effort and intelligence to destroy them. The boss that killed me was a real tough one. I won’t spoil, you’ll have to see for yourself.

Chalkboard graphics invade the game with stunning effects and brilliantly innovative art designs. Each level has a different theme, from Chinese, to water, to mathematics. The enemies are all smoothly animated, as are the obstacles and bosses. I can hardly imagine the programming work needed to take on such huge levels, and I’m glad I don’t have to do all that work. Bosses and enemies explode in clouds of dust, resembling slightly Yoshi’s Island or any other game with such a unique style. The music is very rhythmic, and beats almost in time with the action. Every little sound is straight off a chalkboard, making you feel as if you're playing some classroom game.

Mr. Noitu created a brilliant experience here, once again. At the end of each level you get to find out your score, and the number of points you racked up. I enjoyed this game very much, but I was disappointed at the lack of a saving system. Dying, and having to play the game again can be kind of frustrating. You have three retries after your death, in which you can start from the beginning or from a checkpoint. All in all, this game provides a very fresh experience, but the lack of a save system can be frustrating, so it gets a fabulous 4.5 carrots. Enjoy this arcade action extravaganza for yourself!

Review by: Secret Fawful