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Mr. Driller A
  opened by paleface at 03:31:51 08/25/03  
  last modified by paleface at 12:25:50 03/05/24  
  paleface [sys=GBA; cat=Puzzle; reg=JPN]
Three main modes here: Mission mode, Pacteria mode, and Grand Prix mode.
Mission mode is the regular Driller action except that you can choose from one of six character, each with slightly different abilities, and you can choose a territory in which to drill, varying by difficulty. Also, you can spend accumulated "miles" drilled in the Shop, where you use them to purchase one-shot items that help in future drilling. I think.
Pacteria mode has you exploring old Mayan-style ruins, inexplicably dressed as a Valkyrie with a sword. Each sword slice kills a block but costs one air point, you also find magical "Dristones" that will do handy things like swap block colors, destroy blocks, give you more air, speed, jumping ability, and so forth. Nice mode.
Grand Prix mode has you racing against the other characters, played by the CPU, through a succession of courses, and of course you're trying to get the fastest cumulative time. It's rather eerie having all these semi-transparent ghosts drilling along beside you in a frantic race to the bottom. I like it.
As if this wasn't enough there's a funky mode where you can use found items to raise your cute little pink Pacteria creatures. I'm not sure why, aside from them being cute. Oh, something to do with collecting little cards, says the FAQ. But that's not the point. The point is that there's drilling to be done, in various ways, with various characters, in various lands, and you're the ace for the job.
  paleface 03:36:56 05/25/04
Reference added: 175
  "Both Mr. Driller A and Mr. Driller: Drill Land have rather mediocre multi-player."
Like Drill Land (see entry 175), Mr. Driller A has a multi-player racing mode (if you link two GBAs, you can even do it with just one cart though in that case you can only use one of the six or so characters), where two players can race down to the bottom of a short descent. There are no powerups or anything though, just blocks to drill and air bubbles you don't really need, so the race is rather uneventful, and really only lasts a minute or so. Then... you can do it all over! Or not. Stick to single-player.
  paleface 15:21:26 09/01/08
Hmph! My cart died, and, upon further examination, turned out to be a bootleg. You can see on the cover scan where I got it... So yeah, that's all I have to say about *that*. :P
· Mr. Driller (DC)
· Mr. Driller (PCB)
· Mr. Driller 2 (GBA)
· Mr. Driller Drill Land (GC)
· Mr. Driller Drill Land Demo Vers. (PS4)
· Mr. Driller G (PS1)
· Mr. Driller G (PCB)

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