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Gummy Bears Magical Medallion Review

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Posted by Philip J Reed

Bearly playable

The product description for Gummy Bears Magical Medallion promises a "classic adventure platformer with a Gummy Bears twist". That twist, apparently, is that the game is awful.

The excusably nonsensical plot revolves around the evil King Sour Berry stealing the Magical Medallion from...well, nevermind where he stole it from, or who was meant to be guarding it, or any kind of logic whatsoever. The game just says he stole it, and now it's up to you, a terminally obese and poorly-controlled gummy bear, to get it back. If you care enough to do so. Which, we promise, you won't.

Calling Gummy Bears Magical Medallion a bad game is actually misleading, because it barely qualifies as a game at all — and certainly not a functional one. The experience constantly threatens to fall apart in a game-breaking crash, as though the source code is held together with stale duct tape.

For starters the game's most notable issue is the fact that its 3D effect is, in a word, broken. We at Nintendo Life have a lot of experience with the 3DS by this point, and while we've often pointed out that we were disappointed by 3D that didn't add anything to games, this is the first time we can say that the 3D made us physically sick.

This is no exaggeration; the 3D is improperly implemented to the point that it causes nausea. Instead of two images being combined to provide the illusion of depth, Gummy Bears Magical Medallion provides two images that don't quite manage to come together and so just barely overlap and cause a feeling of motion sickness in the player. There's no excuse for this, and no reason it shouldn't have been caught by the developers before release. We played through one single level like this, and then had to sit down and recover for a few hours before picking up the game again. Needless to say, we switched off the 3D from that point on, though we did keep checking to see if it improved later in the game. It didn't, and just looking at it was enough to make us feel sick again.

Additionally the frame rate, even with the 3D off, is atrocious. The game stutters and strains to render its dull, empty levels in a way that we simply don't understand. There's no legitimate reason that a featureless gummy bear swinging on a rope should grind the 3DS's processor to a halt, but it does, dropping sometimes as low as a single frame per second.

That's just the presentation of the game; things get worse when you actually try to play it. For instance, your gummy bear must have been lost under a couch for several years before starring in this adventure, because he controls so stiffly that it's a chore just to move him around. His main goal is to reach the end of each level, as you might expect, but the small spattering of enemies and springs manage to become enormously frustrating obstacles when the main character controls like he's impaled on a spike. Sometimes, by the way, the controls simply stop working for a few seconds. There's no reason for this, and if it happens while you're trying to hop over a pit, then so be it.

This sounds like it would make for an uninspired but passable game, as long as they fixed the controls, frame rate and sickening 3D effect, but other issues rear their heads quickly. In particular, the locked doors, which see you solving puzzles or playing a basic memory game in order to advance. There's no penalty for failure, but it's a needless way of further slowing the game's already painfully sluggish pace. The best part is that you can solve a puzzle, take a few steps through the open door, and be killed instantly by a tower that collapsed without warning in the background and crushed your gummy bear.

We know it sounds like we're exaggerating, but we're not. This is genuinely what passes for level design in Gummy Bears Magical Medallion: pointless, uncontrollable platforming sections followed by an instant kill from a background element. After which, of course, you have to go back and play that memory game all over again.

There's also an insultingly stupid implementation of the touch screen, as your gummy bear will come up against certain obstacles that need to be tickled away. At least that's the verb we came up with, since the game requires you to rub your finger vigorously — and we do mean vigorously — against the bottom screen until the obstacle just disappears. This is immensely silly when you're "tickling" gigantic boulders away, and it's the only thing that could make you look more foolish in public than the sheer fact that you're playing a Gummy Bear game in the first place.

Scattered throughout each stage are optional candies and fruit to collect, and if you do manage to find all of them the stage will be marked with a gold star on your world map. Of course, a much better reward would be the game deleting itself from your 3DS and issuing a full and complete refund.

Conclusion

Gummy Bears Magical Medallion is a terrible game. Forgive us for being so blunt about it, but we wouldn't be able to sleep tonight if we didn't make that perfectly clear. The controls are stiff and unresponsive, the 3D effect is broken to the point that it literally induces nausea, and the constantly stuttering frame rate is un-bear-able. This game sets out to provide an incredible journey through enchanted lands, but it feels and plays a lot more like a death march. This is a strong contender for the worst game in the eShop, and we have a feeling it will be for a very long time.

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User Comments (88)

Spoony_Tech

#1

Spoony_Tech said:

I would dl it if it had the awesome opening Disney theme but I highly doubt it. Ok I still wouldn't dl but hey its still a good tune!

Marakuto

#9

Marakuto said:

The bottom screen reminds me very much from something I've seen in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. I can't pinpoint what it is, but it has something to do with a mini-game of a sort...

Chriiis

#13

Chriiis said:

It's hilarious how people use reviews as the end all on things. It's one thing to not have wanted it before but those who were curious should still try said games out, especially if they are cheaper eshop titles.

Remember the ATV Wild Ride 3D review? Good example if you ask me. It got a 5/10 here as if it were bad but turned out to be a really fun game.

@OldMan-Tech Did any of them interest you before you read her thoughts? It's sounding as if they didn't have your interest to begin with.

C-Olimar

#14

C-Olimar said:

@Chriiis Why does no-one check the review policy? 5/10 is not "bad".

If there is ever a SINGLE legitimate reviewer (ie not Play4Real) who awards a 1/10 I'm pretty sure it's safe to say the game is bad.
The amount of technical faults alone show how lazily this game was made; it deserves bad reviews.

C-Olimar

#19

C-Olimar said:

@divinealpha Don't be too sure of that: Silverball is a talented developer.
Of course, they may decide to spend 5 minutes making the game, or let their children do it, as with this game's developer.

Chriiis

#20

Chriiis said:

@C-Olimar I'm not talking bad as in horrible, I'm talking bad in comparison to how it really is. The game deserved an 8/10 if you ask me(ATV Wild Ride); have seen plenty of others agree around there too.

Nice of you to try to twist what I said though.

UnseatingKDawg

#21

UnseatingKDawg said:

Well, if you need to get some information out of someone, you could always force them to play this game as a form of torture.

ricklongo

#23

ricklongo said:

Ohhhh, not GUMMI bears, but GUMMY bears.

My inner child was honestly looking forward to this game because I thought it was the former.

Spoony_Tech

#24

Spoony_Tech said:

ATV got what it deserved! I dl-ed it the other day and its still as ugly as in the video. It still can be fun yes but the levels are mostly lifeless and boring but the frame rate hold up nicely and I think that's why most people like it so much!

Windy

#25

Windy said:

@Chriiis That is True Chriis it does come down to tastes. I also think ATV deserved a better rating but some would think otherwise. I also Loved Witch and Hero and that got a really bad review. Now call me crazy I'm absolutely hating Soul Hackers where just a ton of people would love it and it was also rated well. This title might be Catered to kids and they may love it. it doesn't sound like my type of game therefore I haven't played it and should just leave it that way and say nothing :)

Windy

#27

Windy said:

@OldMan-Tech I like the ATV for the online play :)

Keep in mind guys these are just reviews and might not reflect how you personally think about a game. It's just an oppinion from a person who usually loves the hobby and does it as a hobby most of the time. These guys are professionals and they do a very good job at letting us know how a game plays and whats included. The only word that's final or counts is your own.

Chriiis

#29

Chriiis said:

I like it in general.

@Windy Yeah. If you weren't looking forward to it before then it kind of seals the deal in a way. However, if it did catch your attention...well it's a little sad to see such people instantly trash it over a review. If you can afford to try something different out and wanted to, just a little encouragement to do so. Be your own judge in that case.

That was my point.

Windy

#30

Windy said:

@Chriiis Sorry to get off topic guys. Join us tonight Chriis on the ATV online get together. it starts at 6pm pacific time :) I host this every friday night and will continue to do so at least until Animal Crossing comes out

C-Olimar

#31

C-Olimar said:

@Chriiis Twist what you said?

"It got a 5/10 here as if it were bad."

There is no use of RELATIVELY there, or COMPARITIVELY bad, You said as if it were bad.
That use of language conveys the message that you believe a score of 5/10 was bad.
You didn't say it was bad for the game, as your follow up comment suggests. You said "as if it were bad". Do I need to go further?

There has been no twisting of words here, sir.

Chriiis

#32

Chriiis said:

@C-Olimar So now you resort to attacking the way I worded what I said originally even after I went on to clarify myself in later posts...

If that's making you feel better inside, then knock yourself out. You're free to carry out this attempt to make me look bad but I'll leave that there.

Spoony_Tech

#33

Spoony_Tech said:

I wouldn't call ATV bad either. It can be fun I'm sure online but the graphics in this day and age is no excuse! It looks like a bad n64 game at best. Still even that ugly imo it still plays well but it just doesn't hold my interest. All the bikes are the same and so are the people look wise!

C-Olimar

#34

C-Olimar said:

It is true that you can't judge a game based on one review, in fact even a multitude of reviews.
I bought and enjoyed Zombie Slayer Diox despite not reading a single positive review.
However, you must take into account the CONTENT of a review. Using reviews to decide whether a game is right for you is important.

In the case of this game, does a developer who can't be bothered to even playtest their game, or program it properly, deserve your cash?
Frankly, you should be offended as a consumer that they believe you should pay for a buggy game like this.
No, this isn't about the (entirely subjective) gameplay of the game, it's about how disgusted you SHOULD be that it was released in the state it is in.

C-Olimar

#37

C-Olimar said:

@Chriiis In fact you are completely contradicting yourself. You originally said I twisted your words, suggesting you were clear with what you said and I was trying to make it seem like something else.
Then you say I'm attacking the way you worded it, accepting that it wasn't completely clear that you meant relatively bad in your original post.
Which is it? It just seems to me like you're trying to make me look bad - all I did was try to defend the reviewer of ATV.
Perhaps you didn't realise the paragraph underneath my sentence replying to you was a general comment on the article, not directed at you?
That's why it's a seperate paragraph, sorry if it wasn't entirely clear.

zipmonStaff

#38

zipmon said:

@Five-seveN Haha, I was thinking the same thing - by the time I read the conclusion I was trying to work out where would be the best place to go get some!

Good man, Phil!

Chriiis

#39

Chriiis said:

I meant in general though. If the game really is that bad, then shame on the developer.

Reviews aren't bad but it is bothersome when some games that do turn out to be better than reviews state(from personal experience) are instantly filed under T for trash even by those who thought maybe they would have liked it before.

In response to #37, that's because I thought I was clear but it turned out that I wasn't, or so your response made it seem. It's why I went on to try to clarify further what I was saying. I may not be a person who speaks (or types in this case) perfectly 24/7 but, unlike those in my shoes who tend to just continue ranting without caring, I do try to get out what I mean better.

^ That's why I took insult to comment #31 and why I felt like you were trying to make me look bad. I apologize if you weren't but the first sentence in #37 is kind of making it hard to believe that.

@Five-seveN It makes me want to go out and get some, too.

C-Olimar

#40

C-Olimar said:

@Chriiis First comment in #37 is me trying to defend myself.

I'm slightly interested in reading more impressions of this game, but if the technical issues are as bad as Phil says (and he has no reason to lie) this is just one of these games that is just bad.

Believe me, I'm certainly not one to take a review as an ultimatum on a game (as I made clear when defending Rolling Western on NWR) but this game just got me riled up - it really is insulting to me for the developer to release such a shamefully broken game. We are eShop gamers, we have standards - this is the sort of crap that belongs in the App Store.

As a side note, Nintendo should have blocked this game's release if they truly believe in 'quality over quantity' on the cShop.

Chriiis

#43

Chriiis said:

@Windy (not to derail the topic) I'll try to join up tonight. I did show up last time but I think the time was switched or something? Couldn't catch you, Knuckles, or Jools. :( I think it was switched to an hour earlier?

TheXboxHero

#44

TheXboxHero said:

"We prefer quality over quantity"- Nintendo. You call this game quality? It got a 1/10! Sometimes, I feel like the app store is better than the eShop ._.

SheldonRandoms

#46

SheldonRandoms said:

@Chriiis Yeah, you're right, I deleted the comment.

But I knew from the start that this game would not be that good, and what's weird is that it came out the same day as Bearshark, I wonder how that game will turn out?

Chriiis

#47

Chriiis said:

Set the trap up for the developers instead with maybe gummi bears as bait. :P Just have to make sure I'm not passing by then.

You didn't have to delete it. XD

SheldonRandoms

#49

SheldonRandoms said:

@Chriiis But in this adventure, it won't be easy, you think whoever the villain is would just give them the magical medallion? heck no, the gummy bears must go out and find the magical medallion, before it's late. However, whoever the villain is has set up traps, including.............
Untitled

The developers should have put more time into this, because it could have been decent, but instead, this game was like Ninjabread man, and just came out stale.

rjejr

#50

rjejr said:

Seems weird to have a written review for a game thats aimed at kids so young they can't read ;-)

Windy

#51

Windy said:

@Marco_Rossi I dont think it is a sick curiosity. I downloaded Witch and Hero and out of some sick curiosity I found I liked the game :)

Barbiegurl777

#54

Barbiegurl777 said:

@Undead_Terror , @OldMan-Tech

To be quite frank I could care less what you guys think of my opinions on here or not. If I like a game I'm not going to beat around the bush about it. I'll flat out say I like the game if I truly like a game.

@Chriiis

Thanks for sticking up for me. It seems that some people on here like games then as soon as I say I like the game they shy away from the game like its the black plaque. Personally it's ridiculous. I'm just the same as anyone else on nintendolife I just tend to have very different tastes in video games always have for years on end & not about to change that any time soon. I like different video games & if that's a crime then so be it.

Happy Gaming! (^_^)

Spoony_Tech

#55

Spoony_Tech said:

Hey you can aim that at me all you want but Undead_Terror didn't really say anything!

As for me we all have our likes and dislikes. I was just stating I wouldn't play half to most of the games on your list. Not trying to make fun of you or anything! Sorry if you took it that way!

Barbiegurl777

#57

Barbiegurl777 said:

Doesn't matter this has been going on for months on here & I've bit my tongue on saying something & tried to be the bigger person but it's just ridiculous. I say I like a game on here & its like the kiss of death for the game with everybody going on a few comments I like about different games. Its ridiculous. If people don't like what I have to say then simply don't read my comments/opinion's.

Happy Gaming! (^_^)

Spoony_Tech

#58

Spoony_Tech said:

@Barbiegurl777 I'm not trying to save face or anything but I was thinking we need more users like you on this site! Too many people butt heads around here but it does seem like some of them have cut back a lot on posting here. You're allowed to like any games you want just like anyone else for that matter. My options are different from a lot of others as well!

Moorpheel

#59

Moorpheel said:

Don't worry @Barbiegurl77, as another person with diferent gaming tastes, I can say that I enjoy reading your opinions on these games (even though it may seem otherwise with the way I express myself). It really gives another perspective and variety to the usual cut and paste "omg lol wtf it automatically sucks because I have no interest in it" comments most others make about them.

KnightRider666

#60

KnightRider666 said:

I'm not surprised how bad this game turned out to be. Shovelware to the MAX!

@Windy: Yes, I like Witch & Hero too. But at least that got a 4, not a 1.

Midnight3DS

#65

Midnight3DS said:

@Morphtorok

Well said. There's something for everybody, and different perspectives are refreshing.

It seems I'm a G.I.Joe: Rise of Cobra game, one person fan club. Maybe that makes me special, a sort of, chosen one, when we're invaded by some evil galactic race of world destroying tentacle monsters, or something.

Giygas_95

#70

Giygas_95 said:

Ha ha...speaking of gummy bears, my brother and I used to share five-pound bags of Brach's gummy bears. Soooooooooo delicious...

Chriiis

#71

Chriiis said:

@Barbiegurl777 No problem but it was a general statement too. :) Unlike a lot of people who post on poorer reviews, if I wanted a game before chances are that I'm still getting it because I want my own judgement. It could get a negative 20/10 and id still likely get it.

This isn't to say that reviews are a bad thing; they can give great insight into all areas of a game and I do take what's said into consideration at times, it's just that sometimes you can never really know until you take a chance. Too many people just look at a low score and immediately write off the game with things like "thanks for saving me from this trash" without any further thought.

I think it's one of the reasons I like reading posts by people like yourself, I see my own stance on things a little. As someone who bought this game, yours is the opinion I wanted more because I'm still getting it.

It's nice being an outsider, especially when it comes to some bigger series. A big example is the Fire Emblem series. Constantly hear praises for it but I just can't get into it and couldn't really care less about it honestly.

OptometristLime

#72

OptometristLime said:

@Barbiegurl777 the saying that other people's opinions don't have an impact, clearly doesn't address the fact that negative comments can become hurtful. A lot of folks on the Internet will brush past an emotional exchange partly out of immaturity, and also because it feels safer to make harsh judgements from an anonymous position.

Every person on this website has a right to a voice, protected (or limited, in extreme cases) by the community rules. And I think yours rings loud and clear - even distinct as you point out. So your contributions are valuable for their insight, and you shouldn't hesitate to speak your mind! :)

zenarium

#74

zenarium said:

Frame drop, 3D Broken and controls that don't work? Why did Nintentendo published that game?

Midnight3DS

#75

Midnight3DS said:

@KnightRider666

Whoa... didn't know it was on DS. I have the PS3 version. I'll have to hunt down a DS copy.

As to Gummy Bears, this was apparently Wiiware over a year ago, and it's somewhat surprising they didn't clean up the technical problems.

C-Olimar

#76

C-Olimar said:

Obviously at the end of the day a game is about your personal opinion; I think this has been said well enough by those above me.

The point I was getting at is the amount of glitches in this game. That is really just inexcusable.

Jaz007

#77

Jaz007 said:

I'm happy to see the @Chicken_Brutis back in action again, great review as always. Your reviews are just the best. They almost make me happy that shovelware comes to the e-shop. (I think make me glad actually, I look forward to the next piece of trash you're going to review and kind of want some more trash to come so you can review it.)

SwerdMurd

#78

SwerdMurd said:

that was the highlight of my day. Is it wong that I kind of masochistically want to play this now? I have to see this to believe it.

Windy

#79

Windy said:

@Chriiis Sorry I was late to the ATV get together my wife bought a Patio set and I got roped putting that together until 7pm last night. I did jump on late and got 4 people racing in my game. I got in about 15 races. Next week I will be on time

TKOWL

#80

TKOWL said:

I'm seriously considering buying this game now just to experience for myself how terrible it is.

Gioku

#81

Gioku said:

Too bad you can't eat it like real gummy bears...

Definitely going on my list of games you should never play! :P

KnightRider666

#82

KnightRider666 said:

@Midnight3DS: Yuppers, Gamestop is showing it used for the DS for $12.99. I'm not surprised. The DS Gummy Bears was shovelware, I knew this wouldn't be any different.

Moorpheel

#88

Moorpheel said:

Oh hey, I actually have this one now.

After playing it for a while... Phillip, when do the framerate issues and bad controls start? I haven't encountered them yet.

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