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Simply Solitaire (DSiWare)

Simply Solitaire (DSiWare)

Here we go again

It seems that barely a week goes by without a card game being released for DSiWare, and chances are if you were after a virtual solitaire you would have bought one of the previous releases by now. However, Engine Software is hoping to tempt the undecideds with this deck of solitaire games, following the same style as its recent Simply Sudoku release. Taking a slightly different..

Ferrari GT Evolution (DSiWare)

Ferrari GT Evolution (DSiWare)

Drivers may want to exercise caution

Ferrari GT Evolution is a decent arcade-esque racing game. It looks quite good, handles well and has enough gameplay variety to keep things interesting, but you'll have to return to certain tracks far too many times before progressing to warrant a stronger recommendation. The meat of the game is Career mode, in...

Scrabble Slam! (DSiWare)

Scrabble Slam! (DSiWare)

More of a slap, really

Scrabble Slam! is a different take on word puzzles for DSiWare. Instead of searching out pre-determined ones or collecting letters to spell elaborate words for maximum pointage, Slam! gives you a hand of cards with letters, puts four starter cards on the table and yells "go!" The goal is to play one of your cards on top of the table cards as a replacement to spell a..

Puffins: Let's Roll (DSiWare)

Puffins: Let's Roll (DSiWare)

Let's not

It's kind of a bummer when games come out with controls that just don't fit the platform. This wasn't much of a problem a mere generation ago, but with the plethora of options today ranging from button to motion and touch it's become more prevalent an issue. Other Ocean, behind the excellent Dark Void Zero, has fallen into this very trap with its latest DSiWare release Puffins: Let's Roll..

DodoGo! (DSiWare)

DodoGo! (DSiWare)

Does it crack under the pressure?

For anyone that's even played Lemmings or Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect from DodoGo!. Your goal in each level is to guide at least one of the eggs back to the nest safely. If you want to earn medals, however, you're going to have to get all the eggs back to the nest safely, which is sometimes easier..

Earthworm Jim (DSiWare)

Earthworm Jim (DSiWare)

A slippery customer

Like previous platforming conversion Rayman, Earthworm Jim is something of a missed opportunity. Fondly remembered by many gamers from its original outing on Mega Drive and Super Nintendo, Earthworm Jim was a welcome antidote to the huge numbers of cutesy animal platformers with its bizarre attitude and plenty of character...

Don't Feed the Animals (DSiWare)

Don't Feed the Animals (DSiWare)

Un-bear-able

In Don't Feed the Animals, you play a child who, with his or her friends, has stored a bunch of candy at a fort. On your way to eat said candy, wave after wave of covetous animals bombard the clubhouse. You must protect the candy – all twenty pieces of it – with robots. There are three robots that you can use in your defence: tubebots, waterbots and scarebots. Waterbots spray,..

Game & Watch Flagman (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Flagman (DSiWare)

A game you might want to flag down

Flagman might not be one of the top tier Game & Watch titles, but it's still quite entertaining if you've got a few minutes to kill. The game borrows heavily from many of the memory-type games of the era: one that immediately comes to mind is the classic Milton Bradley electronic game Simon. As with most of the Game & Watches, you'll have your choice of..

Surviving High School (DSiWare)

Surviving High School (DSiWare)

If only the real thing were this much fun

With this downloadable title, EA provides a very entertaining and engrossing experience that many will unfortunately write off based on its name alone. The game is almost completely text-based, which means that there aren't any explosions or fancy graphics, but the story and characters are funny and interesting, making this title very much worth your while..

myPostcards (DSiWare)

myPostcards (DSiWare)

Maybe a bit too simplistic for its own good

We haven't seen a significant amount of apps made available on the DSiWare service to date, but that hasn't stopped Nnooo from tossing a couple into the mix with their ongoing myLifeConnected suite of DSiWare applications. We've already seen the release of myNotebook in various colours and now the company...

System Flaw Recruit (DSiWare)

System Flaw Recruit (DSiWare)

Seriously flawed

Essentially a first-person Space Invaders, System Flaw Recruit uses the DSi’s external camera in a crude form of augmented reality. The bottom screen displays a radar showing enemies in your proximity, and the top screen lets you line up the targets with your reticule. When the alien craft get within a certain range they attack,...

Pocket Pack: Words & Numbers (DSiWare)

Pocket Pack: Words & Numbers (DSiWare)

Five very basic games in one

We've already got more than enough Sudoku games on DSiWare, but thankfully that's not the only thing included in this collection. Pocket Pack: Words & Numbers offers a total of five different games: Sudoku, Kakuro, Anagrams, Word Guess and Word Cubes. And while it's a jack of all trades, it's a master of none. We really don't need to explain Sudoku again, do we?..

Game & Watch Donkey Kong Jr. (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Donkey Kong Jr. (DSiWare)

A rather snappy LCD version of the arcade release

The first thing you'll notice about Donkey Kong Jr. Game & Watch is that it's clearly a lot more playable than many of the other Game & Watch releases. Not only are there more ways to do more, but now you have four-way controls, not to mention a jump button. The vine layout is also something...

Game & Watch Ball (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Ball (DSiWare)

A load of old balls

Before the world-crushing DS, before the Game Boy began its decade-plus of supremecy, Nintendo’s handheld division began with the humble Game & Watch line, which started with the even more humble Ball in 1980. Over the past 30 years, odds are good that if you’ve had any interest in the company’s portables you’ve come across this one. Maybe you played it as you stood..

AiRace (DSiWare)

AiRace (DSiWare)

Bet you can't deduce what this one's about

The first time we entered the AiRace universe, if you will, was through the simple and fun 200 Point DSiWare tidbit AiRace: Tunnel. While it was a satisfying arcade flight experience, it felt more like a bonus mode that was chopped out of a larger game. AiRace is that larger game. With more aircraft, actual stages, cups, multiplayer and the whole shebang,..

7 Card Games (DSiWare)

7 Card Games (DSiWare)

Fold!

7 Card Games makes no effort to disguise its simplicity. It is what it is: seven card games, no more, no less. There’s no fluff, no extras and no incentive to play beyond the desire for quick, cheap, 500 Point fun. You might enjoy it while waiting for the train or before bedtime, but beyond that this game holds very little potential for lasting entertainment. Going back to “no more, no..

The Price is Right (DSiWare)

The Price is Right (DSiWare)

No it isn't

Guess a number. Wrong. Wait ten seconds, then guess again. Wrong. Wait ten seconds, then guess again. Wrong. Now all this exciting number-guessing action can be yours to own with the release of Ludia’s The Price is Right for DSiWare! Yes, you too can estimate the prices of fanciful items you can’t win, compete against AI opponents that range from bone-headed to professional valuers..

AlphaBounce (DSiWare)

AlphaBounce (DSiWare)

Quite possibly the best Arkanoid clone ever

AlphaBounce started out life as a free to play online game. Borrowing heavily from Arkanoid and other "move the paddle to bounce the ball and break the blocks" games, it added a few rather unique twists, rather than being almost a direct copy like most of them are. The game focuses on one of...

Game & Watch Manhole (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Manhole (DSiWare)

Everyone walks all over a nice guy

The Game & Watch series was Nintendo's first real foray into the world of portable video gaming. Designed by Gunpei Yokoi, who would later mastermind the grey-brick Game Boy we all know and love, these handheld electronic games featured an LCD display, a tinny speaker, and just enough buttons to complete the...

Game & Watch Helmet (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Helmet (DSiWare)

When tools fall from the sky, just stay home that day

We should all be very glad that affordable portable video game technology has moved beyond the rudimentary LCD screen of the Game & Watch. Not that there haven't been any worthwhile endeavours to come out of the series, but when you're stuck designing your game around strict on-screen...