Nintendo Download: 11th April 2011 (North America)

Ink, birds, slingos and prisons

It's that time on a Monday again: here's the delicious downloadable delights dished out today, hoping to separate you from the numeric currency locked away within your DSi and Wii consoles.


Play with Birds (Games Farm, 500pts) — A mix of avian-themed minigames that takes you through the life of a cartoon bird that moves to a city, finds a partner and settles down, and all with nary a slingshot in sight. Look out for our review flying in this week.

WiiWare Demo

Fast Draw Showdown (Digital Leisure, full version: 500pts) — Try the "classic" full motion video-powered arcade shooter for free in your own home, then read our Fast Draw Showdown review and keep your Wii Points card in your holster.


Art of Ink (Sabarasa, 800pts) — A tattooing game from Sabarasa, the publisher behind the rather good Save the Turtles, this one has some interesting art design behind it at least. We'll bring you a full review in the near future.

Slingo Quest (MumboJumbo, 800pts) — The first downloadable effort from DS puzzle farm MumboJumbo, this is a combination of slots and bingo that offers 50 levels and a range of minigames and power-ups to keep you entertained. We have just the man for the reviewing task at hand, so stay tuned for our verdict.

Escape Trick: The Secret of Rock City Prison (INTENSE CO., Ltd., 500pts) — Winning this week's "Most Awesome Game Name" award, this is a take on the popular room escape games that aims to combine puzzles and story to create a compelling narrative. We'll bring you a review in the coming days.


April 11, 2011

Ready for a new hand-held game that's sure to get under your skin? Art of Ink for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service invites players to flex their creative muscle by designing memorable tattoos for a colorful range of clients. Meanwhile, Slingo Quest offers a super-charged brand of puzzle-based fun, combining slots and bingo. A new prison-break adventure rounds out the latest Nintendo DSiWare offerings, while fresh additions to the WiiWare™ service include cartoon birds and a demo version of an engaging Wild West shooter.

Nintendo DSiWare

Art of Ink
Publisher: Sabarasa
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Animated Blood, Suggestive Themes
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Submerge yourself in the colorful world of tattoo art. Working in one of the most prestigious studios in town, you can turn your stylus into a tattoo machine and work with precision on your clients to give them a piece of your art. But be careful - it's not just the art you have to deal with. Satisfying your customer takes more than just skill with your inks. You must get to know the crazy cast of characters that comes to your shop and give each client the perfect design. Keep your clients happy and make a name for yourself to eventually open your own shop and customize it to your liking. Other tattoo artists will take note of your success and will challenge you to prove your skills. Defeating them will give you an insight into their techniques and help you become the next tattoo master.

Slingo Quest
Publisher: MumboJumbo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Slingo Quest combines two classics - slots and bingo - in the ultimate puzzle game. Spin the traditional five-reel slot machine, then match the numbers on your cards (across, down or diagonally) and hit a Slingo. Create as many Slingos as you can in 20 spins with the help of fun power-ups. Fun game modes include Multi-Card Slingo, Seven by Seven Slingo and Pirate's Fortune Slingo. Collect cool power-ups, including Slingo Vision, Devil Protection and Multipliers. Play through 50 fun levels of Slingo, collecting Slingo Stars and Stamps for big bonuses. Are you ready for the next Slingo challenge?

Escape Trick: The Secret of Rock City Prison
Publisher: INTENSE CO., Ltd.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Language, Mild Violence, Tobacco Reference
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: The Rock City Federal Prison is known as a giant coffin, locking up death row inmates and lifers with no parole. Roy is locked up in cell 218 on a 10-year term. He knows he was framed. A false accusation, mysterious cash left in the prison cell, a breakout plot by prisoners, a warden who is nice only to Roy, the mysterious death of the old man who died in a hole six months ago - is this a conspiracy? Now, the unprecedented jailbreak begins. Escape Trick is a "breakout adventure game" in which players use the stylus to search, use and combine various items in the cell and attempt to escape. Not only the items, but also the letters and symbols in the room can be significant hints for a breakout. In addition to the quest, unique characters get involved with Roy in the adventure part of the game. Roy's secrets and the mystery of the prison are revealed as players progress.


Play with Birds
Publisher: Games Farm
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: Play with Birds is an original cartoon bird game for players of all ages. Fly through the city and play dozens of bird minigames, including Birdman, Catch Thief and Bird Race. Become famous and find a bird to build a nest with. Play with Birds is focused on the lifelong adventures of a small bird in a city, from hatching to finding a partner to building a nest and establishing a family.

Fast Draw Showdown (demo version)
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Alcohol Reference, Violence
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 500 Wii Points
Description: When it comes to fast draw, there are only two types of people: the quick and the dead. Now you have the chance to find out where you stand - or lie, as the case may be. Go up against the best quick-draws in the business, including one of the world's fastest, Wes Flowers. Unholster your Wii Remote™ controller and show 'em who's really the fastest draw in this live-action shooter. You can even take on a friend in multiplayer modes and see which one of you has the quickest draw. (Additional controllers are required for multiplayer modes and are sold separately.) You'll need some serious speed and awesome accuracy to take on these gunslingers.

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