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Weekly Time Waster - ‘Dr. Mario World’

August 6, 2019
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If you’ve ever delved into the world of Nintendo generally and Mario games specifically, you’ve probably come across “Dr. Mario” at least once in your life. It was a popular time waster on many Nintendo systems – and now it can be popular in the palm of your hand!

“Dr. Mario World” sets you in the shoes of Mario as a doctor trying to kill viruses. To kill these viruses, you must take colored pills, and place them in the right areas. You take the colored parts of the pills and match them against the same colored viruses.

It plays similarly to a “Candy Crush” game, where you must match your pill to three or more viruses to get rid of them. You can also manipulate your pill to fit best into the puzzle presented by spinning it. With over 200 levels, the challenge gets more difficult as you progress.

To even the playing field, the game offers numerous power-ups that you can earn, such as the character Bowser appearing and torching half the viruses from the get-go. The game is also not time-based at all, so you can certainly take your time in figuring out each move you plan to do.

You do have a limited number of pills on each level; if you run out of pills, you must start over. You lose a heart (which is the unit for how many tries you have at a time) each time you lose, and if you lose all your hearts, you must wait to play again, just like most matching games.

With plenty of levels to play, power-ups to fetch and different Mario characters to unlock as doctors, “Dr. Mario World” is a fun little dive into the Nintendo world on your mobile device. “Dr. Mario World” is available for free on the Android and IOS stores.

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