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Phantasy Star Ø (DS)

Phantasy Star Ø (DS)

The DS' first retro sci-fi MMO

Phantasy Star Online for Dreamcast was a genuine revolution: the first-ever online RPG for consoles, it boasted an advanced translation system, free online play and stacks of action. The GameCube saw Phantasy Star Online: Episodes I & II that expanded the original game with all-new areas, weapons, monsters and quests, but never really took off owing to the..

Pipe Mania (DS)

Pipe Mania (DS)

The 8-bit classic returns

If you were gaming on home computers in the 8-bit era then it's very likely you came across a game called Pipe Dream. Originally published on the Commodore Amiga as Pipe Mania, it's a puzzle game in which the goal is to link together pipe sections on a grid to complete a route for a green (or blue) liquid called "flooze" from a starting tap to a drain. Lucasfilm..

Nacho Libre (DS)

Nacho Libre (DS)

Luchador's lament

Lucha Libre has an interesting history and place in Mexican culture and luchadores can be viewed in the same light as Japanese sumo (unsurprisingly Lucha Libre has a strong following in Japan as well): real-life super-heroes. Like super heroes, most luchadores wear masks and go to great lengths to maintain an air of mystery about their identity both inside and outside of the ring,..

Geometry Wars Galaxies (DS)

Geometry Wars Galaxies (DS)

A near-perfect translation of the console classic

Bizarre Creation's Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved is something of a modern classic. The wireframe graphics and gameplay consisting of firing at enemies in every direction on a closed 2D playfield are like a marriage of arcade classics Tempest and Robotron, making for some addictive gameplay. Sierra Entertainment (now part of Activision-Blizzard and no..

Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 (DS)

Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 (DS)

Once you start, you'll need to call on the Ouendan to help you stop playing this game

In 2005, iNiS crafted Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan for DS. Rhythm games were hardly being made for the system, but they instantly proved that it could have amazing results when done right. People spoke so positively about it that it was popular both in and outside Japan,...

Glory of Heracles (DS)

Glory of Heracles (DS)

Herculean effort or Greek tragedy?

Role-playing game fans have to be excited to see the number of RPG releases appearing on the DS system continuing to grow. And while we've seen some very unique gameplay elements in many of the titles, we've seen almost as many titles take a much more traditional approach, choosing to stick to many of the familiar ideas that have become such a staple of the genre..

Sands of Destruction (DS)

Sands of Destruction (DS)

Yet another engaging DS Japanese RPG.

There's no denying that Nintendo's DS system has seen quite a few Japanese RPG releases over the years and is quickly becoming the system of choice for fans of the genre. Imageepoch, comprised of former developers of such legendary RPG classics as Xenogears and Grandia, have once again combined their talents to...

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland (DS)

Freshly-Picked Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland (DS)

Kooloo-limpah!

When it was announced Japan would be getting a game starring the Zelda series' strangest character, Tingle, everybody pretty much agreed on one thing - it would never leave Japan. But, in a very surprising move, Nintendo decided to take the gamble and localise the game. Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland takes place before every Zelda game he's...

Jambo! Safari (DS)

Jambo! Safari (DS)

Sega’s African adventure bagged and tagged.

Jambo! Safari: Animal Rescue is a bold attempt at converting the popular Arcade title to something more palatable for the home audience. Quite obviously aimed at younger gamers, this conversion basically boils down to a few veterinary minigames tacked on to the central animal-wrangling gameplay sections. But is Jambo! Safari the big-game catch we were..

Hasbro Family Game Night (DS)

Hasbro Family Game Night (DS)

Family Game Delight?

Connect 4, Operation, Battleship and Bop It – games that have become household names with which we are all familiar. Translating Battleship and Connect 4 into digital versions for the Nintendo DS was always going to be an easy task; the challenge for EA was to digitize Operation and Bop It to try and emulate the success of their real-life counterparts. A further challenge was..

Crossword Collection (DS)

Crossword Collection (DS)

Cryp-ticks all the right boxes.

It's very rare for Nintendo to be beaten to the punch by other developers, but some of their recent DS releases certainly seem to be playing catch-up to the wealth of third-party support on the machine. Style Boutique (known as Style Savvy in the US) resembles any number of other titles, and now with Nintendo Presents: Crossword Collection they've got another product..

Planet 51 (DS)

Planet 51 (DS)

Not quite out of this world...

Well, by now you'd have already seen our review for Planet 51 on the Wii, so it's time to see how the dual-screen version of the new extra-terrestrial flick fares. Did Sega manage to blast this out of the stratosphere of gaming delight or did its cargo jettison somewhere in the atmosphere of the mundane? Just like the Wii version, Planet 51 revolves loosely around the..

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)

The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (DS)

On the right track or running out of steam?

Link’s last outing, 2007’s Phantom Hourglass, was a piece of portable paradise, showcasing all the DS’s features with some wildly imaginative puzzles and unforgettable moments, and still remains one of the console’s best titles. Spirit Tracks takes all that was good about Phantom Hourglass and...

Luminous Arc 2 (DS)

Luminous Arc 2 (DS)

Bewitching.

The DS has seen some fantastic RPGs released this year, with Valkyrie Profile, Nostalgia and of course Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, and Luminous Arc II keeps the standard high with a quality Japanese RPG package that is sure to please anyone looking for a tactical fix. The game’s story takes place in the kingdom of...

Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders (DS)

Agatha Christie's The ABC Murders (DS)

Belgian waffle?

Thank goodness for Nintendo consoles making it easy for gamers to pick a range of moustachioed characters from various spheres of the employment world. If you fancy something a bit more cerebral than plumbing in your portable plaything you might want to check out Agatha Christie’s ABC Murders, in which you play the world’s only famous Belgian, Hercule Poirot. Based on super..

Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter (DS)

Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter (DS)

Definitely not the life of the party.

Coming in the wake of its below average-rated predecessor, Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter is a game that not only has a lot of potential but also a lot to make up for. As a concept it’s a good one: you get to draw your very own character as well as various in-game elements including platforms, falling blocks...

C.O.P. The Recruit (DS)

C.O.P. The Recruit (DS)

Cop a load of this.

With the DS now nearly five years old, you’d think there’d be no surprises left inside that flip-top wonder box, but here comes Ubisoft with something we probably didn’t even realise was possible on DS, under the rather off-putting title of C.O.P. The Recruit. The very talented (if unfortunately named) V.D. Dev have...

LEGO Battles (DS)

LEGO Battles (DS)

To arms! To arms! Lego Battles storms onto the DS in the very first Lego RTS, but is it a battling success?

Following the unquestionable success of the various Lego games of the past few years, Lego Battles is something of an oddity in the ever-growing stable of generally very good, solid adventure titles (and one rhythm game) from the Lego brand...

The Rub Rabbits! (DS)

The Rub Rabbits! (DS)

Too sexy for its shirt

When word leaked out that Sega's Sonic Team was working on a minigame collection for Nintendo's new DS system, many wondered why such a talented development group would be wasting their time creating something as trivial as a minigame compilation. Gamers got their answer with the release of Feel the Magic XX/YY (known as Project Rub in Europe), a game that was hands-down one..

LEGO Rock Band (DS)

LEGO Rock Band (DS)

Does the series’ DS debut rock or roll over and die?

DS music game fans have a pretty good selection for a portable, with Nintendo’s own stellar Rhythm Heaven and Activision’s Guitar Hero and Band Hero outings eager to put your rhythm skills to work. Harmonix’s Rock Band series has now taken the handheld’s stage for the first time in the bricked-out form of Lego Rock Band; should it stay..