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Alt-Play: Jason Rohrer Anthology (DSiWare)

Alt-Play: Jason Rohrer Anthology (DSiWare)

Real art style

Jason Rohrer has made a name for himself in the art game sphere with numerous small and thought-provoking PC games. To kick off their Alt-Play compilation series, Sabarasa has pulled together a collection of three of his most notable releases so far in the Jason Rohrer Anthology: Passage, Gravitation and Between. While DSiWare patrons have come across the man’s work before by way..

Music On: Drums (DSiWare)

Music On: Drums (DSiWare)

Hard to beat

Abylight's been putting out music games on DSiWare for a while, so you'd expect the Spanish studio to have it down to a fine art by now, but it's had a few bumps along the way. Thankfully Music On: Drums is a better outing than previous series entry Music On: Playing Piano, as it plays out more like an electronic drum sequencer than a virtual drum kit. While it can't beat stand-out..

G.G Series: Z-ONE (DSiWare)

G.G Series: Z-ONE (DSiWare)

Ride into the danger zone

As the variety of shoot-‘em-up games on the DSiWare service continues to expand, it’s expected that some titles are going to stand out better than others. With releases such as Metal Torrent and Paul’s Shooting Adventure already available and rated highly, being a new contender is no easy feat. The G.G Series of...

GO Series: Dark Spirits (DSiWare)

GO Series: Dark Spirits (DSiWare)

In good spirits

The latest in Gamebridge's line-up of localised Japanese budget titles is GO Series: Dark Spirits, a horizontal shoot 'em up again courtesy of developer Suzak. It's not exactly a bullet hell shooter like Metal Torrent, but the difficulty can still get pretty high. You play the game as some sort of wizard who can only fire one rather thin pinkish laser projectile straight ahead. You..

Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots and Games (DSiWare)

Fantasy Slots: Adventure Slots and Games (DSiWare)

500 Point bandit

Gambling is fun. It must be. Millions of grandmothers and potential homeless people can't be wrong. But what, exactly, is fun about it? Is it the glitz of the casino? The pulsing energy of the crowd around you? The free drinks? The wandering magicians and entertainers? The risk? The rush of joy that comes with winning a particularly large amount of money? You'd better hope not,..

Cosmo Fighters (DSiWare)

Cosmo Fighters (DSiWare)

Decent multiplayer fun

If the DSiWare service is lacking one thing, it's a compelling multiplayer experience. And if it's missing two things, it's a compelling multiplayer experience and a solid fighter. Cosmo Fighters, the latest from developer Abylight, hopes to kill both those birds with one downloadable stone, and, although it's seriously lacking in personality and inventiveness, it ends up..

Biorhythm (DSiWare)

Biorhythm (DSiWare)

Does it measure up?

Cinemax releases have proven to be a rather mixed bag when it comes to DSiWare, from below average attempts such as Sokomania to the some of the best music applications available on the system, most notably Rytmik and Rytmik: Rock Edition. This time around, the company has provided a program for calculating biorhythms, which...

Paul's Monster Adventure (DSiWare)

Paul's Monster Adventure (DSiWare)

Not quite The King of Carrot Flowers

Last month in Paul’s Shooting Adventure, Paul was an infant who could fly through the air, shoot energy blasts, and transform into various creatures. Things are a bit different these days in Paul’s Monster Adventure in which we see our protagonist as a young teenager who seems to lack any extraordinary powers at all, with Paul as a caring young man with the..

Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp (DSiWare)

Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp (DSiWare)

A trip back to the days of the LaserDisc

Few series divide players – including our own writers – as sharply as Dragon's Lair. Originally intended for the LaserDisc format, its titles are more interactive movies than traditional video games, tasking you with pressing the correct button quickly enough every few seconds. If our hero, Dirk, has to...

GO Series: D-Tank (DSiWare)

GO Series: D-Tank (DSiWare)

Tank Defence

The GO Series already had a tower defence-esque game with tanks, but there's already another one now in the form of D-Tank. In Defence Wars you got a bunch of turrets, cannons and tanks to defend you against oncoming armies, but D-Tank takes its name quite seriously and only has one of those, the tanks. You control one single tank at a time as you roll around arenas of varying size,..

Jam Space: PocketStudio (DSiWare)

Jam Space: PocketStudio (DSiWare)

Dance club calibre headaches without the fun

Among the applications that have made it to DSiWare so far is a handful of music mixing and writing programs, none of which are particularly bad. From the mighty Rytmik and its rockin' follow-up to the slightly more basic but still solid Rhythm Core Alpha, DJs on the go have had their fair share of...

Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 2 (DSiWare)

Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 2 (DSiWare)

Another lump of coal for this year's stockings

Last Christmas, the European DSiWare service received the karaoke title Just Sing! Christmas Songs. As you might expect, it featured a Christmas theme and asked you to sing along, but it only included two songs and proved itself as nothing more than a waste of time. Sadly, Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 2 is pretty much the same story. Everything is almost..

Dairojo! Samurai Defenders (DSiWare)

Dairojo! Samurai Defenders (DSiWare)

A strong defence, or will it just offend?

Here is it, folks. Yet another entry in the ever popular tower defence genre on DSiWare. With a focus on arcade-style high score achieving rather than plot-driven level advancement, Dairojo! Samurai Defenders makes for a slightly different experience while still retaining the same basic formula. Enemies are attacking and it’s your job to defend the..

Rocks N' Rockets (DSiWare)

Rocks N' Rockets (DSiWare)

Rocking rockets

Most people are familiar with arcade classic Missile Command. In it, you control a bunch of anti-air batteries and have to shoot down the incoming enemies before they manage to destroy all of your cities. Rocks N' Rockets can pretty much be considered a revival of sorts of that game, although it does add a few unique twists of its own. Not much is different about the very basics of..

Space Ace (DSiWare)

Space Ace (DSiWare)

Jedi school dropout

Originally released to arcades in 1984, Space Ace sought to recapture the magic of its predecessor, Dragon's Lair. And by "magic" we mean "ability to eat money." Gameplay was not high on the list of priorities for the team that designed these games, but flashy presentation certainly was. As a result, we are left with a visually stunning artifact of the golden..

Spot It! Challenge (DSiWare)

Spot It! Challenge (DSiWare)

Spot It or Ignore It?

Spot It! Challenge, if nothing else, has to be commended for making an incredibly boring idea (that's usually relagated to children's books that you'd find in the waiting room at the pediatrician's office) frantic and fun. At its core this is is still very much a portable version of the Spot It! search-and-find books on which the game is based — you're presented with a..

DodoGo! Challenge (DSiWare)

DodoGo! Challenge (DSiWare)

DodoGo! Hard Mode

A little over half a year ago, Neko Entertainment released DodoGo!, a charming, decently sized puzzle game not unlike Lemmings. Now they're back with a new instalment, but is it worth another go? The basic premise of DodoGo is still here. Your objective in each stage is to safely get at least one of the present eggs safely to the end, and you'll get better medals if you can bring..

Cave Story (DSiWare)

Cave Story (DSiWare)

Cave Story on the go

With the release of Cave Story on WiiWare earlier this year, Nicalis gave Wii owners a chance to experience a game that's become one of the most popular indie PC titles of all time. Now it's decided to give gamers a chance to own a portable version of the game that they can take with them on go. And while the game hasn't changed...

Frenzic (DSiWare)

Frenzic (DSiWare)

Frenzied

We're used to quality from Two Tribes so far, with excellent titles like Toki Tori and Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: RUSH available on WiiWare getting good scores all around. With its latest game being an iPhone port for DSiWare, can it keep up this streak of entertaining titles? Frenzic is a fairly simple game, but it can get deceptively hard...

Music On: Electric Guitar (DSiWare)

Music On: Electric Guitar (DSiWare)

It's electric!

There are distinct advantages to an electric versus an acoustic guitar, such as being able to play for a larger audience using an amplifier. Unfortunately, a title that emulates the instrument on your DSi won’t offer any of these advantages, with the exception of manipulating the sound with various effects. Unlike a real axe, the...