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Legends of Exidia (DSiWare)

Legends of Exidia (DSiWare)

DSiWare's first RPG doesn't set the bar too high, but it's still quite enjoyable

It's a bit odd that we haven't seen any DSiWare RPGs until now. You'd think that with the service's portable nature and the genre’s wealth of retail releases, it would be a perfect fit. Apparently developers think otherwise! Gameloft is known for their frequent porting of games, and Legends of Exidia is no exception..

AiRace: Tunnel (DSiWare)

AiRace: Tunnel (DSiWare)

All I wanna do is zomma-zoom-zoom

Flight games are a rare breed on DSiWare. There’s Thorium Wars and, uh, we suppose Paper Plane, and now QubicGames has entered the not-so-crowded field with the neat AiRace: Tunnel. It’s more Paper Plane than Thorium Wars since the focus is on navigating an obstacle course/tunnel as far as you can instead of...

Escapee GO! (DSiWare)

Escapee GO! (DSiWare)

A must for maze mavens.

Gevo Entertainment didn't have the greatest luck with WiiWare, but they've turned things around for their debut DSiWare release, going from a brightly colored, child-centric theme to something more dark and mysterious. In Escapee GO!, you play as Claire, a girl who has been locked up in an insane asylum by the mysterious "Company". All of her memories are gone save..

Chronos Twins (DSiWare)

Chronos Twins (DSiWare)

Double the fun, half the price.

Quick history lesson: Chronos Twins began life as a Game Boy Advance title that was later ported over to the DS. While the game saw release in the UK, it was unable to land a North American publisher – poor UK sales didn't help matters. The game was released on WiiWare and now, only one week later, the DS version is...

Dark Void Zero (DSiWare)

Dark Void Zero (DSiWare)

More 8-bit retro goodness

We've already seen Capcom enjoy success on WiiWare with their retro-infused Mega Man 9 release. Now it seems they're trying to show DSiWare the same retro love with Dark Void Zero. Of course now the question is, does the game live up to the lofty standards the company has already put in place with Mega Man 9? Dark Void Zero...

Word Searcher (DSiWare)

Word Searcher (DSiWare)

Better on a portable?

Digital Leisure attempted to jump on the Sudoku DSiWare bandwagon a while back, failing miserably in the process. Now they've taken another crack at the service with something different: Word Searcher, a game featuring 100 different word-search puzzles to sink your vocabulary into. Granted, Word Searcher as WiiWare wasn't that great, but for those of us who passed up the..

Jazzy Billiards (DSiWare)

Jazzy Billiards (DSiWare)

Every day I'm hustling

Out of the entire spectrum of bar games to make the digital jump, billiards is second only to poker in delivering really fun interpretations, like Virtual Pool on PC. What makes that series great is a total understanding of why billiards is fun and how to translate that into mechanics that feel more like skill than luck. Arc...

Move Your Brain: Rollway Puzzle (DSiWare)

Move Your Brain: Rollway Puzzle (DSiWare)

Tilting fun on a DSi

Move Your Brain: Rollway Puzzle certainly is a brave title. It dares make use of the DSi camera extensively – the last title to do that was Nintendo’s own WarioWare Snapped! and the result was a game that didn’t really work in a lot of lighting situations. The game is based on a maze of 3D platforms, the job of the player...

Sokomania (DSiWare)

Sokomania (DSiWare)

A budget title in more ways than one.

When Cinemax first announced their plans to bring the classic Sokoban puzzle to DSiWare, we were somewhat excited – especially with the price being set at a measly 200 points. But unfortunately, in this case, this has also resulted in the game itself not offering much content. The game starts with pretty sloppy presentation. After a few logos and the..

Animal Puzzle Adventure (DSiWare)

Animal Puzzle Adventure (DSiWare)

Puppies and kittens and piglets, oh my

Aksys Games makes most of their living by translating and localising Japanese games for Western markets. Their choices for WiiWare offerings, at least, haven't been great so far, but they've now graced the DSi Shop with partner developer Arc System Works' Animal Puzzle Adventure (formerly Chiria no Doubutsu

The Oregon Trail (DSiWare)

The Oregon Trail (DSiWare)

The most fun you can have with dysentery

For whatever reason, The Oregon Trail in its various incarnations, whether on DOS or an Apple II, holds a special place in the hearts of American gamers. Maybe it's because of the balanced risk/reward system and simple resource management. But more likely it's because The Oregon Trail was one of the few...

Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever (DSiWare)

Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever (DSiWare)

Pure bred or pure mutt?

Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever is a curious title: it's unashamed of its Nintendogs roots, but rather than simply following the leader of the pack it earnestly tries to make its own mark. It's a virtual pet sim, focused on raising a small pack of puppies and training them for various competitions. The game is set in a small town where the player has their own humble abode..

Glow Artisan (DSiWare)

Glow Artisan (DSiWare)

Puzzle fans will take a shine to this one.

Proudly located in the Big Apple, Powerhead Games is an independent game developing company that previously focused their talents on licensed titles published by bigger companies, including games under the Catz, Trollz, Mary Kate and Ashley, and Winx Club names. They pitched their very first original game...

Arcade Hoops Basketball (DSiWare)

Arcade Hoops Basketball (DSiWare)

Flick and swish

Arcade Hoops Basketball is a simple beast. Odds are you've played it's real-life counterpart before, too. No, not basketball. Have you been to a fair? Theme park? Arcade? Large movie theater? It's the one where you have to chuck a ball through the hoop as many times as possible before time runs out and you may or may not win a cheap prize. Being a simple beast, it doesn't strive to..

Sudoku Sensei (DSiWare)

Sudoku Sensei (DSiWare)

Beginners beware

This past summer, sudoku-holics were blessed with Hudson's Sudoku Student and Sudoku Master, which brought hand-crafted puzzles straight from Nikoli to the DSi Shop. However, where Student was for beginners and Master had a little bit of something for everyone, Sensei brings the pain with 100 of Nikoli's hardest puzzles to tantalize...

Hot and Cold: A 3D Hidden Object Adventure (DSiWare)

Hot and Cold: A 3D Hidden Object Adventure (DSiWare)

Will it light your fire or stink on ice?

"Find the Hidden Object" games used to be the realm of books and magazine puzzles, but recently computer and video game versions have become more and more popular. This past Monday Majesco Entertainment made their DSi Shop debut with Hot and Cold: A 3D Hidden Object Adventure, where they take the basic idea and turn it into something a little more..

High Stakes Texas Hold'em (DSiWare)

High Stakes Texas Hold'em (DSiWare)

No more, no less

With the influx of card and parlor game adaptations hitting DSiWare, it’s odd to see that poker, arguably the most popular competitive card game in town, is so underrepresented. Seeing this gap, Hudson has leaped in with High Stakes Texas Hold ‘Em, doing exactly what it says on the tin. The whole package couldn’t be more basic. You take on three computer opponents in..

Dragon's Lair (DSiWare)

Dragon's Lair (DSiWare)

Dragon slaying for people on the go!

In 1983, former Disney animator Don Bluth decided to create a video game using his stunning animation talents. Instead of the regular sprite-based games normally found in arcades, Dragon's Lair created a vivid world through some of the best animation of the time. Of course in order to store all of this animation, Laserdisc technology had to be used. While this..

A Little Bit of... Magic Made Fun: Psychic Camera (DSiWare)

A Little Bit of... Magic Made Fun: Psychic Camera (DSiWare)

It doesn't take a psychic to figure out this isn't worth your time.

Although Nintendo started off by releasing a few tricks directly taken from the retail game Master of Illusion/Magic Made Fun, they've also developed a few new ones that take advantage of the DSi's single big new feature — the camera. This particular trick will allow you to take a...

Starship Patrol (DSiWare)

Starship Patrol (DSiWare)

Q Games has another hit on its hands.

Tower defence games haven't exactly been a popular genre for long, but they're already starting to become boring to most. After all, fending off endless waves of enemies by strategically placing turrets is fun the first time, but any more than that and it might start to get annoying quite quickly. With Starship...