The game will take you through seven missions designed exclusively for the Game Boy, incorporating puzzles and minigames among the shoot-to-kill action. And speaking of action, the makers have included a two-player deathmatch mode that's played against a friend's copy of the game via the separately sold Game Link cable. As if that weren't enough, you can use the separately sold Transfer Pak to share information with your N64 version of Perfect Dark too.
Sneaking about and trying to take out the enemy is the secret agent's art and should be fun in itself. Tragically, it becomes almost immediately apparent that the use of stealth here is less than an exact science. It's too hard to tell whether or not the enemy can hear or see you. Combined with mushy controls and inaccurate targeting for the gunfights, what you have is a game that feels unfinished and rushed. The action switches to a first-person view for target practice and for picking off enemies in sniper mode. These few-and-far-between moments feel like they might've been "borrowed" from another game entirely.
The sound effects, for the most part, consist of the usual gun blasts and mortally wounded soldiers screaming "Medic!" and other cries of agony. There is quite a bit of speech in the between-level mission briefings. Unfortunately, the Game Boy speaker is so pitifully lame that nearly every sound is garbled and devastatingly warped. Even Joanna's death moan is a comical, high-pitched chirp.
Perfect Dark allows you to exchange data and unlocked maps with a friend's copy of the game via the Game Boy Color's infrared port. You can also engage in two-player deathmatches on special maps via the separately sold Game Link cable. The only problem is that while the maps are decently drawn and a human opponent is (hopefully) smarter than the Game Boy, the same control issues of solo play still linger.
One redeeming quality of Perfect Dark for the GBC is its compatibility with the N64 Perfect Dark via Nintendo's Transfer Pak, which supplies easy access to guns and other cheats. --Mark Brooks
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