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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...

90's Pool (DSiWare)

90's Pool (DSiWare)

It's pool! In the 90's!

The Berlin Wall has recently fallen, Seinfeld is dominating television and Justin Bieber has just been born. Yes, it's the 1990s and, for some reason, we're playing pool. We'll leave the jokes about the title to you folks in the comments, as 90's Pool doesn't really leave us in much of a mood for fun. And for a video game,...

1st Class Poker & BlackJack (DSiWare)

1st Class Poker & BlackJack (DSiWare)

Show ‘em what you got

Nintendo download services aren’t lacking for casino-style titles, ensuring that you don’t need a pesky deck of cards if you want a game of chance. In the case of poker games, we should be grateful that it means gambling only with fake, electronic money — always a safer way to play. 1st Class Poker & BlackJack is...

Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 5 (DSiWare)

Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 5 (DSiWare)

The final test

It’s the end of another Successfully Learning series, with mathematics reaching the end of its syllabus. Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 5 is a logical continuation of its predecessors, with Freddy the Vampire appearing for one last time before hanging up his cape. By continuation we mean, of course, more of exactly the...

Pirates Assault (DSiWare)

Pirates Assault (DSiWare)

Stealing your money in more ways than one

CIRCLE Entertainment has carved out a fanbase for itself with the DSiWare crowd, due in large part to the consistently excellent Castle Conqueror series. It's had a few misfires along the way — see The Seller — but, by and large, gamers have been able to count on CIRCLE's releases to feature a hefty...

Zuma's Revenge (DSiWare)

Zuma's Revenge (DSiWare)

An expensive addiction

We'll say one thing for PopCap — it sure knows how to transform simple tasks into madly addictive experiences. And from Peggle and Bookworm to Plants vs. Zombies, Nintendo fans have been able to enjoy excellent ports of some of its most popular games. Zuma's Revenge is the most recent PopCap title to make the jump to...

Aahh! Spot the Difference (DSiWare)

Aahh! Spot the Difference (DSiWare)

Spot the indifference

Greetings, fans of two-pictures-that-are-seemingly-identical-but-are-actually-slightly-different-to-one-another! Aahh! Spot the Difference is here to make you happy people indeed — as long as you don't mind the fact that it's short, bland and totally forgettable, that is. Adding another log to the bonfire of similar titles,...

Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 4 (DSiWare)

Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 4 (DSiWare)

Successfully Testing Mathematics

The Successfully Learning series from Tivola has, it its own way, become the most prolific franchise on DSiWare. That’s not necessarily surprising considering there's a range of subjects to cover, and we’ve now reached Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 4. It’s edutainment with Freddy the Vampire, so we...

Box Pusher (DSiWare)

Box Pusher (DSiWare)

You certainly can't claim false advertising

So far, GameOn has made its name on DSiWare with simple games executed well. Box Pusher does nothing to buck that trend, offering a gaming experience that manages to be both vast and shallow, but what this game lacks in personality it easily makes up for with its strong and clever central conceit. Box...

iSpot Japan (DSiWare)

iSpot Japan (DSiWare)

The multiplayer is the real difference

Fans of spot-the-difference puzzles will know exactly what to expect from EnjoyUp Games' latest release, iSpot Japan. Players are presented with two similar photographs, and they must identify any details that differ between them. It's simple, and it's a perfect fit for touch screen gaming. Unfortunately,...

GO Series: Undead Storm (DSiWare)

GO Series: Undead Storm (DSiWare)

Frighteningly good

To date, the GO Series has been a bit of a mixed bag, ranging from the disappointingly average GO Series: Pinball Attack! to the brilliant dungeon-crawling puzzler PicDun. As such, it's understandable that one might be sceptical of the latest title in the series, GO Series: Undead Storm. We're pleased to report, though, that...

Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 3 (DSiWare)

Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 3 (DSiWare)

It all adds up

Another week, another dose of edutainment. Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 3 arrives on DSiWare, allowing another generation of eager young pupils to indulge in some mathematics on their favourite handheld. This title is, in form, identical to Successfully Learning Mathematics: Year 2, which is no surprise as they were originally grouped together in a retail package. The..

Lola's Alphabet Train (DSiWare)

Lola's Alphabet Train (DSiWare)

On the right track

Lola's Alphabet Train is both a learning tool and a game, but it's quite clearly more the former than the latter. This isn't a bad thing at all, but it's important to know that when setting your expectations. Lola is a chirpy panda bear who, aboard her titular train, presents children with a series of spelling and vocabulary based challenges. These challenges fall into many..

Anne's Doll Studio: Gothic Collection (DSiWare)

Anne's Doll Studio: Gothic Collection (DSiWare)

Doll-orous

Anne's Doll Studio: Gothic Collection is your chance to slap drab Gothic accessories on two dead eyed dolls that look like charmless rejects from the movie Corpse Bride. That sentence is a complete and accurate summation of this title, and it's probably the only thing you'll need to read in order to decide if you want it. Anne's Doll...

40-in-1 Explosive Megamix (DSiWare)

40-in-1 Explosive Megamix (DSiWare)

More is less

You’re given a bag of sweets. On the outside they’re a bit misshapen or broken up, but at least they’re brightly coloured, there’s a big variety of flavours and there are plenty of them, right? The first one doesn’t taste quite right. Neither does the second one. Nor the third. Half the bag has to be thrown in the bin when all...

Gaia's Moon (DSiWare)

Gaia's Moon (DSiWare)

Full of fun or made of cheese?

While many portable games praised for their accessibility and simple controls are often times associated with mobile game platforms, DSiWare is not without its own quality pick-up-and play titles. Games like Reflect Missile, Pop Plus: Solo and the Art Style series offer satisfyingly simple gameplay perfect for short...