Did you buy Mario Vs. Donkey Kong 2: March Of The Minis? How about Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again on DSiWare? If not, you should buy the fourth game in the series, which is the best of the lot so far.
It plays similarly to previous Mario Vs. DK games. Each level consists of a number of Minis, a goal and a bunch of obstacles in between, the aim being to get the Minis through the goal. There are loads of coins and bonus items in each level and to get a trophy and finish a level properly, you'll need to find a route to the goal that takes in all the collectibles.
Once the first Mini goes through the goal, a timer appears above it and if another Mini doesn't enter within eight seconds, the door locks, leaving the other Minis stranded. So you can't work with just one Mini at a time - you'll need to keep them all together.
Whereas in March Of The Minis you could swipe across a Mini to make it walk and tap it to make it stop, this time there's no stopping them until they fall in a pit, hit an enemy or reach the goal. This makes the pace much more frantic, since you're no longer able to stop a Mini at a safe location and gather your thoughts. It's like Lemmings with Mini Marios!
Also new are the boss battles with Donkey Kong which use the same gameplay mechanics as the standard levels, with some interesting twists to keep things unique. The first battle has you trying to get three Minis from the bottom of the level to the top, avoiding Donkey Kong's barrels, while he presses a switch that messes up some of the platforms you've placed. It feels like a puzzle game version of the original Donkey Kong and it's great fun.
The music also features nods to the past, with new takes on some of the best themes in Nintendo history such as the World 1 theme from Super Mario Bros. 2 or a brass band version of the original Donkey Kong title screen music, it's a real treat for long-time Nintendo fans.
Mini-Land Mayhem! is a must-have for puzzle fans who want something requiring the same frantic, lightning-fast reflexes of Lemmings and the like. Later levels are proper head-scratchers and it'll take many hours to clear every level with a trophy, yet it has that classic one-more-go formula to ensure that you do.
Want to see the game in action? Here's a Mario Vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! trailer