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Let's Golf! (DSiWare)

Let's Golf! (DSiWare)

Par for the course

On DSiWare, we very recently saw the release of A Little Bit of... Nintendo Touch Golf (Or True Swing Golf Express in North America), a slightly cut-down version of the retail game bearing the same name. We thought it was very competent, and as such felt that the "golf game" gap on the service had been filled. But here we are, not much later, reviewing Gameloft's..

Oscar in Movieland (DSiWare)

Oscar in Movieland (DSiWare)

Cut, cut, cut

Oscar in Movieland was originally released for Amiga computers in 1993 under the name Oscar. While its predecessor, Oscar in Toyland, was centered around Troll dolls back in the day and later shoehorned the character into the game when developer Flair lost the license, Movieland was the first straight-up Oscar game. Like Toyland, this is essentially a platforming scavenger hunt. In..

Link 'n' Launch (DSiWare)

Link 'n' Launch (DSiWare)

We have liftoff!

If it's one thing Intelligent Systems has become well known for over the years, it's their diverse game development. While they've had their hands in quite a few of Nintendo's biggest selling hits over the years, it's their Advance Wars and Paper Mario series that tend to stick out in most people's minds. Now, they've decided to try something a little different with their newest..

Fieldrunners (DSiWare)

Fieldrunners (DSiWare)

Run to the hills

There once was a time when the tower defence genre was so niche that, shock and awe, there weren’t these types of games released somewhere every week. In case you haven’t overindulged on the genre, Subatomic Studios’ Fieldrunners would like your attention, please. No, don’t leave, it’s good! Originally released on Apple’s App Store back in October 2008, it was (and..

Extreme Hangman (DSiWare)

Extreme Hangman (DSiWare)

Less violence, more vocabulary

With all the sudoku games that have hit the DSi Shop since the service launched last April, it's nice to occasionally see a pen-and-paper puzzle game for DSiWare that doesn't involve numbers. In Extreme Hangman, Gamelion has taken the time-honored word-guessing game and turned it into something a little more interesting. Where before you were merely hoping to save..

Sudoku 4Pockets (DSiWare)

Sudoku 4Pockets (DSiWare)

Time to dig out your sudoku dictionary

Since 2002, the aptly-named 4Pockets.com has been creating applications and casual games for pocket PCs and smartphones, including Breakout clones, jigsaw puzzles, pinball games, and of course, sudoku. Their version of the ever-popular puzzle game has received a slight makeover and a cute Japanese doll-shaped...

Snakenoid (DSiWare)

Snakenoid (DSiWare)

Combining two classics into one disaster

Cinemax's last DSiWare game wasn't too hot, so we didn't exactly have high hopes for their second effort. It looks like our assumptions were correct, because although it borrows heavily from classics Arkanoid and Snake, it just doesn't work. How does one combine Arkanoid and Snake, you ask? Simple: by taking...

Downtown Texas Hold 'Em (DSiWare)

Downtown Texas Hold 'Em (DSiWare)

One step forward, two steps back.

We've already seen a host of card games released on DSiWare so far and Texas Hold'em seems to be the hot new card game to get. Hudson recently released its High Stakes Texas Hold'em onto the service to rather mediocre reviews and now EA is serving up its version of the game with the release of Downtown Texas Hold 'Em. There are basically three modes of play to..

5 in 1 Solitaire (DSiWare)

5 in 1 Solitaire (DSiWare)

Five games for the price of two

So far, Digital Leisure hasn't done the greatest job of bringing public-domain games to WiiWare or DSiWare. Sudoku Challenge wasn't challenging in quite the right way, and Word Searcher only worked on DSiWare because word searches were meant to be portable to begin with. The interfaces seemed a bit rushed and bare-bones, and the games themselves weren't anything..

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...