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Defense of the Middle Kingdom (DSiWare)

Defense of the Middle Kingdom (DSiWare)

Middle of the road

Many games take the history of Asian nations as their focus, from the Japanese combat-based Samurai Warriors series to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms games, which use the warring kingdoms of first-century China as their basis. The newest to enter the ring is Defense of the Middle Kingdom, which also focuses on the latter's subject matter, putting a tower defence spin on the..

DotMan (DSiWare)

DotMan (DSiWare)

Not quite on point

Welcome to DotMan, the game of driving in circles. And that's it, basically. There's also a small amount of strategy, along with boredom and frustration, but we'll deal with those shortly. DotMan has its roots in classic games like Dodge 'Em and Pac-Man, but that's a bit like saying Twilight has its roots in Bram Stoker's Dracula: it's a thematic comparison only, and says nothing..

House, M.D. - Episode 2: Blue Meanie (DSiWare)

House, M.D. - Episode 2: Blue Meanie (DSiWare)

Blue all over

Earlier this summer saw the release of Legacy Interactive’s first DSiWare game, House, M.D. - Episode 1: Globetrotting. If you played the game, or simply read our review, then you’ll know that this maiden voyage was not a very successful one for the company. Now, several months later, the series continues with House M.D. - Episode 2: Blue Meanie, the second instalment in the..

1950s Lawn Mower Kids (DSiWare)

1950s Lawn Mower Kids (DSiWare)

A bit of a chore

When it comes to attempts to turn boring, low-paid jobs into exciting DSiWare downloads, Zordix AB jumped to the fore with Valet Parking 1989. It was an intriguing but flawed game, jam packed with nostalgia and 80’s humour. The developer is now continuing the theme of decade-specific chore simulation with 1950s Lawn Mower Kids. The very idea of turning grass cutting into a full..

Bridge (DSiWare)

Bridge (DSiWare)

Over troubled water

It’s one of the simplest forms of entertainment: if all electronic entertainment is unavailable, when there is nothing else to do, a simple pack of playing cards can save the day. Card games can be simplistic or confusing and complex, with straightforward options often seeming suitable as cheap downloads on the DSi shop. More complicated options are available, such as World..

Let's Create! Pottery (DSiWare)

Let's Create! Pottery (DSiWare)

Let's not

Let's Create! Pottery may have the least appealing title this side of Let's Perform! Complex Trigonometry and Let's Compose! A Musical About Kobe Bryant's Lunch, but its problems run much deeper than that. Mainly, it’s just not very fun. The game begins with a title screen that offers several options, but none of them involve starting...

Magical Whip: Wizards of the Phantasmal Forest (DSiWare)

Magical Whip: Wizards of the Phantasmal Forest (DSiWare)

Magically delicious!

Puzzle-style games have proven to be quite a good fit for the DSiWare service, but some gamers have expressed concern at the growing number of puzzlers that have flooded DSiWare in recent months. Thankfully, Agetec's Magical Whip: Wizards of the Phantasmal Forest brings a fun experience to the service, and while not the most...

Build-a-lot (DSiWare)

Build-a-lot (DSiWare)

A bit of a fixer-upper

The year was 2008. Mario and Sonic were on their way to the Olympic Games, the 3DS was but a twinkle in Satoru Iwata's eye and the housing bubble was on its way to bursting. You wouldn't know that last fact, however, from MumboJumbo's 2008 real estate celebration Build-a-lot, a retail DS adaptation of HipSoft's 2007 PC game of the same name. Now, four years after its original..

Blockado - Puzzle Island (DSiWare)

Blockado - Puzzle Island (DSiWare)

Too tried-and-true

Bitfield's Blockado series has already enjoyed success on Apple's iOS devices, but now the game is looking to take on Nintendo's DSiWare service with a little sliding-block puzzle action. And while there are a few interesting new twists in Blockado: Puzzle Island, it's still basically the same gameplay idea the series has been riding for some time now and this time with a..

My Asian Farm (DSiWare)

My Asian Farm (DSiWare)

Enter Old McDonald-San

Farming comes in many forms. Sometimes it's exotic. Sometimes it's Australian. And sometimes it's just regular, old-fashioned farming. But nothing you've seen in this DSiWare series, consisting of split-up portions of 2009's retail release My Farm Around the World, could have prepared you for this: My Asian Farm

GO Series: Fishing Resort (DSiWare)

GO Series: Fishing Resort (DSiWare)

Luring you in…

Fans of both Nintendo and fishing have been given plenty of opportunities to don the virtual wellies and cast the line, on WiiWare. While the Wii Remote is an ideal opportunity to simulate fishing, the humble DSi stylus and touchscreen have largely missed out. As has often been the case, publisher Gamebridge has come to the rescue...

Crazy Hamster (DSiWare)

Crazy Hamster (DSiWare)

Crazy cool

The idea behind this game is simple: Crazy Hamster forgot to store supplies for the coming winter, so now it’s up to you to guide the rushed rodent through each level and collect all of the fruit. Make it safely to the end of the level with these supplies and you’re home free. While there may not be much here in terms of plot, this...

Play & Learn Spanish (DSiWare)

Play & Learn Spanish (DSiWare)

¿Plus ultra?

A good pocket translator can cost hundreds of dollars, so it's no surprise that some smart software studios would see an incentive in offering DSi and 3DS owners an affordable alternative. So far we've only seen the average 4 TRAVELLERS – Play Spanish on the service, so it's good to see a challenger appear. But is this a helpful introduction to a beautiful language and culture, or..

Go Fetch! 2 (DSiWare)

Go Fetch! 2 (DSiWare)

Dog's dinner

With Go Fetch!, ICM took the simple activity of playing fetch with a puppy and added a timer, health bar and obstacles to create a unique racing game-esque experience that was unfortunately let down by imprecise controls, lack of depth and repetitiveness. The developer doggedly returned to the drawing board to remedy these issues and release Go Fetch! 2, but are the improvements enough..

Go! Go! Kokopolo (DSiWare)

Go! Go! Kokopolo (DSiWare)

Koko-crazy

DSiWare is, quite rightly, well known for providing a diverse range of quirky titles to give DSi owners small downloadable gaming fixes. We’ve seen a few ‘off the wall’ concepts on the service, and Go! Go! Kokopolo deserves its place in this category. The title says it all; this is a game that doesn’t want to be taken seriously...

B Team - Episode 2: Ice & Venom (DSiWare)

B Team - Episode 2: Ice & Venom (DSiWare)

New name, same game

May of 2011 saw the DSiWare release of B Team - Episode 1: Dust & Steel. Now, a short three months later, the gang is back in B Team - Episode 2: Ice & Venom. Anyone who played the first game (or read our Dust & Steel review) will know exactly what to expect here. As this game clearly shows, consistency is not always a good thing. Picking up where the first game left..

Successfully Learning German: Year 5 (DSiWare)

Successfully Learning German: Year 5 (DSiWare)

The end of an era?

Another week, another instalment in the venerable Successfully Learning series from Tivola. Successfully Learning German: Year 5 is on DSiWare so young German speakers have another opportunity to return to Freddy the Vampire’s classroom. It’s the final instalment in the series, so prepare to graduate and say goodbye. How does the series end, any exciting changes or variations..

Artillery: Knights vs. Orcs (DSiWare)

Artillery: Knights vs. Orcs (DSiWare)

A misfire

Most of us have played one of them before: one of those free online Flash games where your goal is to hit something by firing a projectile, after deciding what angle and what speed the object should be thrown or shot at. Of course, you'll also be familiar with this concept if you've played any Worms game. Artillery: Knights vs. Orcs takes this concept and turns it into a small-scale, two..

My Australian Farm (DSiWare)

My Australian Farm (DSiWare)

You call that a farm? THIS is a farm

Ahh, life on the farm. The sweet taste of buffalo milk, sheep and crocodiles playing together... OK, perhaps My Australian Farm isn't the most realistic agricultural simulator, but at least it makes for a decent money-management time-waster. This, along with My Farm, My Exotic Farm and the upcoming My Asian Farm, all coexist in the 2009 retail release My Farm..

GO Series: Portable Shrine Wars (DSiWare)

GO Series: Portable Shrine Wars (DSiWare)

Shinto to go

What do you get when you mix Mikoshi (portable Shinto shrines) and top-down shooters? Oddly enough, you come up with Gamebridge’s newest DSiWare release, GO Series: Portable Shrine Wars. But is this bizarre combination a match made in yomi, or is it just too weird to work? The goal in Portable Shrine Wars is to race your Mikoshi...