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Release year: 1992 | Players: 1 player – multiplayer | Developed by Bullet-Proof Software

Yoshi’s Cookie (SNES)

Yoshi’s Cookie (AKA ヨッシーのクッキー Yosshī no Kukkī in Japan) is a follow-up game to the successful Yoshi, the first game title dedicated to the gentle, green dinosaur who acts as a faithful companion to Mario and Luigi in the Mario Universe. Although not considered part of the main Mario game series, it is a sweet steal for puzzle-loving players.

At the peak of games like Galaga and Mortal Kombat, Yoshi’s Cookie was a refreshing addition to arcade games. There were no bad guys to fight and was deemed kid-friendly so it was published for the Super NES (SNES) in 1992.

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Yoshi’s Cookie Cover (SNES)

Yoshi’s Cookie is a tile-matching game featuring digital pastries which players need to clear from the game screen. It features colorful graphics and the gameplay is overseen by characters from the Mario universe including Yoshi himself, who may stand animatedly on the right side of the screen.

The game’s mechanic is simple. Players slide an entire row or column of ‘cookies’ one at a time, aligning similar ones so they can disappear from the board.

In arcade mode, more cookies fly in from the top and right edges of the screen to fill the board when a move is made but no ‘cookie line’ dissolves. The game ends when the time limit runs out or when all stages are cleared.

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Puzzle Mode offers a more challenging game mechanic with no time limit. Here, players must make moves such that all cookie lines will disappear. The game is over when a line of unmatched cookies remains.

After the start screen, players are allowed to choose which stage to enter. This allows beginner players to get accustomed to the game’s mechanic before immersing in the game and for returning players to pick up where they left off when taking a break.

The accompanying soundtracks are reminiscent of other Mario games. They typify retro arcade games and provide a dimension of comfort and nostalgia to the game.

With its easily understandable gameplay and a charming soundtrack, Yoshi’s Cookie continues to endear itself to retrogamers. It is a mainstay in puzzle gaming and has inspired modern games like Chuzzle Deluxe.

Yoshi’s Cookie game has been ported to NES, Super NES (this version), Game Boy and Nintendo Virtual Console.

Yoshi’s Cookie - Super Nintendo (SNES)
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