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Dreamwalker (DSiWare)

Dreamwalker (DSiWare)

A dream come true

We all know that there are plenty of puzzle games available on the DSiWare service, but every now and again one pops up that has just the right amount of charm to merit attention. Dreamwalker, the intriguing new puzzle game from Code Mystics, fits that description perfectly. From a silly concept to engaging and endearing visual and...

Puzzle Rocks (DSiWare)

Puzzle Rocks (DSiWare)

Puzzles rock

Cinemax has seen both highs and lows on DSiWare — its Rytmik games have proven to be excellent composition tools, but games like Snakenoid, a bizarre mix of Snake and Arkanoid have missed the mark. Puzzle Rocks is a puzzle game, but we're not quite sure it's really similar to anything else, except maybe Connect Four. It's one of very...

B Team - Episode 1: Dust & Steel (DSiWare)

B Team - Episode 1: Dust & Steel (DSiWare)

Run and gun and not so fun

Run-’n-gun shooters usually wind up one of three ways: either they’re totally crazy awesome with intense action, really really boring, or rock-solid efforts that do no real wrong but regardless fail to spark much of anything in players. B Team - Episode 1: Dust & Steel is the heart-breaking latter kind of game. It isn’t that there is no fun to be had, as this..

House, M.D. - Episode 1: Globetrotting (DSiWare)

House, M.D. - Episode 1: Globetrotting (DSiWare)

The doctor is out

Everyone’s favourite sharp-tongued, cane-wielding, drug-addicted TV doctor has finally arrived on DSiWare in House, M.D. – Globetrotting Episode 1. In this game it is your job to join the medical team at Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital and uncover the truth behind a mysterious ailment afflicting an elderly television host. Through a series of medical procedures and patient..

Successfully Learning English: Year 5 (DSiWare)

Successfully Learning English: Year 5 (DSiWare)

Saved by the bell…

Tivola’s campaign to help young DSi owners master the English language has reached its finale, with Successfully Learning English: Year 5 bringing the series to a close. It’s time to pack up your pencil cases, give the teacher a farewell gift – if you’re a gold-star student – and take your new English language skills into the big, bad world. For those who have..

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (DSiWare)

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (DSiWare)

All of the pieces fit

In many cases, the idea of combining two unlike video game genres into one game can be very off-putting. The result usually consists of clunky controls, confusing gameplay, overbearing tedium, or any combination of these factors. Sometimes, however, a game comes along that finds a way to balance out the genre differences and...

99Bullets (DSiWare)

99Bullets (DSiWare)

Blast or dud?

The shoot 'em up genre hasn't exactly seen a lot of love on the DSiWare service to date, but EnjoyUp! Games is looking to change that with the release of 99Bullets. While the basic core of the game does revolve around an old-school shooter premise, there's a unique twist that injects a very puzzle-like atmosphere into the mix. The basic premise of 99Bullets revolves heavily around the..

GO Series: Picdun (DSiWare)

GO Series: Picdun (DSiWare)

First person picture puzzler

In the 8- and 16-bit eras, there were quite a few games that featured first-person dungeon crawling. Looking through your character's eyes, you had to navigate a maze by moving forward one square at a time, possibly also having to collect treasures and fight monsters along the way. Games like The Legend of the Mystical...

Big Bass Arcade (DSiWare)

Big Bass Arcade (DSiWare)

Nice catch

Big Bass Arcade seems to be as good an adaptation as DSiWare can reasonably offer the sport. We say that not in a back-handed way, but knowing that whatever potentially horrible type of fishing game could have been released on DSiWare, Big Bass Arcade manages to break on through and be kind of fun anyway. True to its name, Big Bass is as...

Calculator (DSiWare)

Calculator (DSiWare)

Does it add up?

Although the majority of titles on the DSiWare shop are games, since launch there have been some items that would more accurately be described as ‘apps’. Common on smartphones, they have become increasingly less frequent on DSiWare. Cinemax are bucking the trend with Calculator; does it get the sums right? The list of features for this calculator is, on paper, substantial..

Word Searcher 3 (DSiWare)

Word Searcher 3 (DSiWare)

The same old search

It has become apparent that each of Digital Leisure's Word Searcher titles is intended to vary the content rather than improve the design toward a more interesting take on the activity. If you’ve played any of the previous entries, then you know exactly what’s in store with their newest addition to the DSiWare service, Word Searcher 3. You play by holding your DSi sideways,..

Successfully Learning English: Year 4 (DSiWare)

Successfully Learning English: Year 4 (DSiWare)

Can you spell re-pet-i-tive?

Tivola’s series of edutainment titles keeps rolling on, Successfully Learning English: Year 4 representing the third entry in this particular DSiWare series. In our review of Successfully Learning English: Year 3, we observed that the classroom was unchanged from Year 2; does graduation to Year 4 bring exciting change or more of the same? Well, dear students, you will..

Whack-A-Friend (DSiWare)

Whack-A-Friend (DSiWare)

Totally wack

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, step right up and see Whack-A-Friend, Agetec’s latest incarnation of the ever popular arcade game Whac-A-Mole! Or don’t. Either way, you won’t be missing out on much. The game starts with you choosing to either play using the picture provided, or you can use your own pictures of family, friends or pets. Whichever..

Mighty Milky Way (DSiWare)

Mighty Milky Way (DSiWare)

Très amusant

WayForward's first DSiWare release Mighty Flip Champs was arguably the first must-have title for the service, and given the game's popularity it's understandable that fans have been clamouring for a sequel ever since. But rather than create a direct sequel, the developer has instead chosen to throw gamers into a completely new gameplay...

Ikibago (DSiWare)

Ikibago (DSiWare)

Ahoy, mateys!

So, you’re already thinking “really? Another puzzle game? Really?” But wait! Ikibago, the latest DSiWare title from Neko Entertainment, has got pirates in it! It may be lacking in the ninja, robot, zombie and unicorn territories, but there are plenty of pirates in this fun and addictive puzzler to go around. In the interestingly titled Ikibago, it is your job to line up at..

Anonymous Notes Chapter 2 - From The Abyss (DSiWare)

Anonymous Notes Chapter 2 - From The Abyss (DSiWare)

Second verse, same as the first

Anonymous Notes Chapter 1 - From the Abyss turned out to be a mechanically sound albeit slightly aimless dungeon crawler with a couple of interesting ideas up its sleeve. Save for a different main character, this is the exact same game as before. Not that we were expecting anything else — both games selectively pull...

Ice Hockey Slovakia 2011 (DSiWare)

Ice Hockey Slovakia 2011 (DSiWare)

Wayne not-so-greatzky

Many people are familiar with table football – sometimes referred to as "foosball" — that consists of a table containing little miniature football/soccer players on rods with handles sticking through the case that you can pull, push and twist. A ball is dropped in the centre of the table, which the opponents must then manoeuvre into the enemy's goal through..

Successfully Learning English: Year 3 (DSiWare)

Successfully Learning English: Year 3 (DSiWare)

Are these A, B, Cs as easy as 1, 2, 3?

It seems that Tivola’s campaign to bring educational entertainment, or edutainment, to Nintendo consoles is yet to run out of steam. Successfully Learning English: Year 3 is the second entry in this DSiWare series, and the sixth ‘Successfully Learning’ title overall. The first Successfully Learning English Year 2 review made it clear Tivola "must..

Zoonies - Escape from Makatu (DSiWare)

Zoonies - Escape from Makatu (DSiWare)

A great escape?

New developers have gravitated towards DSiWare since it launched, resulting in a broad variety of titles on the service. Kiloo Games is another developer making its DSiWare debut, having previously focussed on developing for smartphones, entering the fray with puzzle platformer Zoonies – Escape from Makatu. In Zoonies you play as Leo the Lion, who is enjoying a typical Sunday..

Ubongo (DSiWare)

Ubongo (DSiWare)

Nothing funny rhymes with "Ubongo"

Ubongo is a board game that's won its fair share of awards in continental Europe, and came to WiiWare via a not-so-great adaptation. Shrinking the game to the DSiWare platform doesn't do it any favours either, sadly, and comes with a host of new problems. As opposed to the four-player original board game and WiiWare adaptation, Ubongo on DSiWare is restricted to..