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3, 2, 1... Words Up! (DSiWare)

3, 2, 1... Words Up! (DSiWare)

Fun with words

3, 2, 1... Words Up! is a great example of how simple can be satisfying. This word-unscrambling game does one thing and does it well, providing a solid dose of portable wordplay to anyone looking to test their lexical limits. The basic objective is to create as many words as possible from a bank of seven letters, and there are two...

Topoloco (DSiWare)

Topoloco (DSiWare)

It may be a map, but it's no legend

Congratulations are in order for Abstraction Games: it released a topography game that's even less fun that it sounds. Topoloco almost deserves an award for just how much it gets entirely wrong. Before you read the rest of this review, know that we didn't expect this to be much of a game, per se. Topoloco markets...

Flip the Core (DSiWare)

Flip the Core (DSiWare)

Hit or bore?

We've already seen a few shoot 'em ups pop up on DSiWare, but for the most part the selection has felt more gimmicky than traditional. Flip the Core continues that tradition with a unique "flip" design that allows you to flip the flat background planes, greatly altering the level with one push of a button. And while this interesting...

Jewel Legends: Tree of Life (DSiWare)

Jewel Legends: Tree of Life (DSiWare)

Was it meant for you?

Not that there’s any shortage of them on DSiWare, but right off the bat it should be said that Jewel Legends: Tree of Life is a puzzle game. Not only is it a puzzle game, but it’s a match three puzzle game, which means that you know exactly what to expect with this download. While there are some new features to spice up...

Escape the Virus: Swarm Survival (DSiWare)

Escape the Virus: Swarm Survival (DSiWare)

Mini-thrills with micro-organisms

Escape the Virus: Swarm Survival, an offshoot of the WiiWare title Viral Survival from a few years back, is a collection of two score-based arcade games that take place under the microscope. While there's not a lot to this simple petri dish offering, what's there is an awful lot of fun and the core mechanics are...

Goooooal Europa 2012 (DSiWare)

Goooooal Europa 2012 (DSiWare)

Missing an open goooooal

DSiWare is like any other downloadable game platform: it features gems full of creativity and compulsive play, and then it has titles like Goooooal Europa 2012, which tries to hide its painful inadequacies with a ‘fun’ title and a tenuous link to a major football tournament. The idea of a table football game with stylus...

Lola's Fruit Shop Sudoku (DSiWare)

Lola's Fruit Shop Sudoku (DSiWare)

Sudoku Jr.

Earlier this year we were pleasantly surprised by Lola's Alphabet Train, a rewardingly sweet journey through simple spelling drills. It was colourful, engaging and inventive. Now we have a sequel in the form of Lola's Fruit Shop Sudoku, and while the previous game's charm is intact, it's a bit less impressive overall. You'd be forgiven...

7 Wonders II (DSiWare)

7 Wonders II (DSiWare)

A small wonder

When it comes to clones, very few genres are more prime candidates than puzzlers. When Tetris hit back in the 80's it was quickly cloned and in fact, is still being cloned to this very day. 7 Wonders of the Ancient World took the match-three idea and attempted to inject a few new twists into the mix but somehow failed to take the...

Devil Band - Rock the Underworld (DSiWare)

Devil Band - Rock the Underworld (DSiWare)

Ear piercing

If musicians really can save the world — Bob Geldof and Bono would both like you to believe they can — then it's a shame they couldn't do it in a game more interesting than Devil Band - Rock the Underworld. CIRCLE's latest essentially takes Plants vs. Zombies, robs it of its charm and adds in a lot more tapping. You control a metal...

99Seconds (DSiWare)

99Seconds (DSiWare)

I got 99 problems but time ain't one

Tiny time-waster games like 99seconds really aren't all that dissimilar from the arcade games of old that we now look on so fondly as champions of game design: simplistic ideas with an execution engaging enough to keep the flow of quarters flowing. Here, the concept is a form of extreme keep-away with a slow-down...

Snakenoid Deluxe (DSiWare)

Snakenoid Deluxe (DSiWare)

In which the word "deluxe" is cheapened enormously

Last year, we reviewed Snakenoid, a Snake/Arkanoid hybrid from Cinemax that answered our question of how one could possibly combine the gameplay from those two games. That answer was, "pretty disappointingly, thanks for asking." We felt it was a bit of a mess, at best, a complete waste of time and...

Chronicles of Vampires: Awakening (DSiWare)

Chronicles of Vampires: Awakening (DSiWare)

Bloody good?

It seems that popular culture's obsession with vampires may be entering its twilight years. If contemporary films, books and TV series focusing on gothic lore ever felt fresh and exciting, that effect has worn off and the bloodsuckers have come to feel a bit bland and tired. Still clinging onto the trend is the second in Teyon's hidden...

Curling Super Championship (DSiWare)

Curling Super Championship (DSiWare)

Bowls on ice

DSiWare has been home to some interesting concepts and ideas, developing a diverse library of different experiences of varying standards. Despite this, Curling Super Championship is one of the more unique entries, taking a relatively minor winter sport and turning it into a video game. While some may feel the need to dismiss it off...

Paul's Shooting Adventure 2 (DSiWare)

Paul's Shooting Adventure 2 (DSiWare)

Looks like we're having twins

Upon its western release in late 2010, Paul's Shooting Adventure was a pleasant surprise. It starred a flying baby named Paul, also known as The Ultimate Pacifier, who battled evil alien sea creatures because, hey, why not? It was a surprisingly fun game with colourful graphics and an upbeat soundtrack, not to mention...

Cat Frenzy (DSiWare)

Cat Frenzy (DSiWare)

Purr crazy

“Little kittens are trapped in a well!” yowls Cat Frenzy's press release, invoking worrying thoughts of helpless baby felines in peril. Actually, this sliding block game is a bit more cheery in reality – the background implies they're actually in a house, for starters. Phew. Played with your handheld in sideways book-style, Cat...

Amoebattle (DSiWare)

Amoebattle (DSiWare)

There will be bloodstreams

Intrinsic Games has brought some interesting titles to DSiWare so far, with topsy-turvy platformer Divergent Shift and arctic rescue puzzler Penguin Patrol both offering respectable and fun takes on their material. With Amoebattle, whose title is much more fun to read than it is to say out loud, Intrinsic Games looks to...

Chuck E. Cheese's Arcade Room (DSiWare)

Chuck E. Cheese's Arcade Room (DSiWare)

Cheese Louise

We're not sure why UFO Interactive bothered to get the Chuck E. Cheese license for this mirthless assortment of half-baked minigames, but we can conclusively say that it wasn't worth its time or the effort to do so. Chuck E. Cheese's Arcade Room is, in a word, awful. The first major issue is the stingy number of games available. We're...

I Must Run! (DSiWare)

I Must Run! (DSiWare)

Can I bolt?

Held in prison for daring to protect his beloved from an attack, I Must Run!'s nameless protagonist is challenged to break out and run across the city in less than 24 hours for the ultimate prize: his wife's life. Apparently the escape itself poses no problem, as we cut straight to the chase. I Must Run! is a game of the same ilk as the...

Anne's Doll Studio: Tokyo Collection (DSiWare)

Anne's Doll Studio: Tokyo Collection (DSiWare)

Goodbye, Dolly

If you were clamouring for a sequel to Anne's Doll Studio: Gothic Collection, it can only mean that you've never played it. Nevertheless, here we are, being punished for whatever hideous, unforgivable sins we must have committed in our past lives. Anne's Doll Studio: Tokyo Collection is that sequel, and while the previous instalment...

Penguin Patrol (DSiWare)

Penguin Patrol (DSiWare)

Snow major complaints; it's an ice game! Catch our drift?

The charmingly simple story of Penguin Patrol revolves around a young Eskimo who witnesses a greedy walrus slugging along with a sack full of distressed penguins. The walrus is obviously looking forward to a nice big dinner, but it's up to you to prevent him from getting that far. You...