November2010

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    WiiWare

    Review Snowpack Park

    An ice game or a total flake-out? You get the drift.

    A massive snowstorm has struck Snowpack Park, blocking off roads, causing damage and isolating the poor, poor penguins from each other. Only one person can bring them back: you! Or your Mum! Or Dr. Zoidberg, any Mii stored on your Wii. But, still, you get the idea. Snowpack Park is a game of...

June2010

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    WiiWare

    Review Art Style: Penta Tentacles

    Tentacular spectacular

    The Art Style series certainly stands out as one of the safer bets in Nintendo's stable of downloadable software. These are puzzle games with a minimalist aesthetic and focus on simple gameplay; it's like the Tate Modern of gaming only with content and a price point that's accessible by everyone. Though given an unfortunate...

May2010

  • 33

    WiiWare

    Review Art Style: light trax

    Racing takes a puzzling turn

    After a year-long DSiWare detour, the Art Style series has returned to WiiWare with one of the series' most action-oriented entries so far. It may look like a simple racer, but as the Art Style series has proven time and time again that looks can be deceiving. light trax is an updated version of the Japan-only bit Generations game dotstream. On the surface it seems like..

November2009

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    GameCube

    Review Chibi-Robo

    Is this a charming game about an altruistic robot or a shambolic scavenger hunt?

    Meet the Sandersons, your atypical dysfunctional American family: Mr. Sanderson is an out-of-work engineer-cum-manchild who lives on the lounge sofa playing with action figures and watching his favourite superhero program Space Ranger Drake Redcrest(TM) (apologies if that hits too close to the bone for some readers)..

June2009

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    DSiWare

    Review Art Style: BOXLIFE

    Thinking outside the box is strictly forbidden.

    If there's one thing that can be said about Nintendo's Art Style series, it's that no two games are alike, and we wouldn't have it any other way. BOXLIFE is certainly another unique entry in the franchise: box 'em up and ship 'em out! Greeted by a cute little theme song you will immediately notice - if you haven't from the title - that BOXLIFE is all..

  • 30

    DSiWare

    Review Art Style: KUBOS

    Another fiendishly addictive Art Style puzzler joins the DSiWare library.

    Art Style: KUBOS is the fifth game in the popular Art Style series to hit the DSiWare service. Series developers SKIP Tokyo have once again built a game around a creative and abstract puzzle concept; they really seem to have a knack of making simple games that are fiendishly...

May2009

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    DSiWare

    Review Art Style: NEMREM

    The latest instalment in the Art Style Series - NEMREM.

    As soon as you fire up the game you're greeted with a visually very pleasing welcome screen that demonstrates a great example of the unique graphical style we have come to expect from the Art Style series. On the stage selection screen something resembling Morse code is “played” in the background, and although this doesn’t seem to serve..

  • 60

    DSiWare

    Review Art Style: PiCTOBiTS

    DSiWare goes to bits and pieces.

    Creating a killer puzzle game is a difficult task these days, mainly because pretty much all of the decent ideas have already been taken. However, Nintendo (along with developer Skip) have succeeded in cooking up an entirely fresh take on the 'falling block puzzle game' for DSi, and in doing so they've proven that there are still some good ideas floating around..

April2009

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    Wii

    Review Captain Rainbow

    Can Captain Rainbow save the day in this quirky action title?

    Let's face it; whenever Nintendo announces a new project, we all grow a little skeptical. With Nintendo creating games that are more accessible and aimed at casual gamers, hardcore types end up feeling more and more sidelined. It's for this reason that when Nintendo of Japan announced in July that it would be publishing Captain Rainbow,..

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    DSiWare

    Review Art Style: CODE

    An Art Style game based on boring old maths – could it be any good?

    If you've been following WiiWare and DSiWare releases closely, you should know all about the Art Style series – loosely based on the Japan-only bit Generations titles for Game Boy Advance (with two of the WiiWare games borne as remakes of these) – the games all feature very simplistic graphics and sound, but offer some fairly..

  • 60

    DSiWare

    Review Art Style: AQUITE

    Addictive, entertaining, and a bargain.

    The Art Style series has never ceased to impress us; when the first three titles hit the WiiWare service late last year, they blew us away with their overall quality. Featuring elegant design, polished graphics, and pick-up-and-play controls, the Art Style series was a perfect-fit for WiiWare. Now that the DSi...

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    DS

    Review Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol

    Saving our ecosystems, one park at a time.

    Chibi-Robo Park Patrol is one of those few great games that many people are just going to skip over because of its exclusivity to select retailers. Well at Nintendo Life we took it upon ourselves to give this game the review it deserves, and we must say that doing so put huge smiles on our faces; the unique...

October2008

  • 33

    WiiWare

    Review Art Style: Rotohex

    Is this hexagonal puzzler a welcome addition to the Art Style series?

    The one constant of the three Art Style games that have seen release on the WiiWare service so far has been their simplicity. There are no fancy visuals, no epic musical tracks, and no complicated play control schemes to tarnish the "less is more" theme of these unique...

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    WiiWare

    Review Art Style: Cubello

    Is Nintendo's latest Art Style game a triumph of style over substance?

    When it launched, WiiWare signalled a shift in Nintendo’s attitude toward developers and gamers. After Dr. Mario and My Pokémon Ranch hinted that it was really just another outlet for them to spawn pedestrian versions of their tremendously popular franchises, many gamers lost...

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    WiiWare

    Review Art Style: Orbient

    Does this bit generations remake keep the spirit of the original game intact?

    Back in 2006, Nintendo published a series of games on the Game Boy Advance in Japan called bit Generations, which were a sister series to the DS’s Touch Generations games meant to illustrate the beginnings of video games. One of the games released in this interesting series was Orbital. It’s quite clear that Art..