DSiWare has a lot of puzzle games, but today sees the launch of one of the Kings of the genre: Puzzle Quest comes to DSiWare, alongside a retro shooter and an object-twisting game.
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords (1st Playable Productions, 800pts) — Interestingly, this game is already available on cartridge for DS, so it remains to be seen if it is a cut-down or complete version of the popular puzzler.
Update: The original press release claims Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords contains online multiplayer via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. This is not true: the multiplayer is local play only. Apologies for any mix-up.
99Bullets (EnjoyUp Games, 500pts) — A retro-styled shooter where each bullet is a life and each life is a bullet. Hopefully the combination of innovative mechanics and retro aesthetics will combine to create a hit or a miss.
3D Twist & Match (Sanuk Games, 200pts) — Turn objects around to match their silhouettes in this 200 pointer from perennial portable puzzle peddlers Sanuk Games. Already out in Europe, read our 3D Twist & Match review for more.
Overflow (Digital Leisure, 500pts) — Digital Leisure's mentally masterful mascot Professor Lexis from DSiWare puzzler Match Up! returns to recover his liquid spills into the correctly coloured containers. We'll see if it's a winning formula or a chemical disaster in our review this week.
Press release time!
NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: SPRING CLEANING TAKES NEW FORMS ON NINTENDO GAME SYSTEMS
May 23, 2011
Spring cleaning is a lot more enjoyable with the latest downloadable game offerings from Nintendo. Instead of sprucing up your home, you're invited to dispose of supernatural enemies and unusual messes, and the only cleanup tools you'll need are your Wii™ or Nintendo DSi™ systems. In Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, you'll need to wipe away an undead menace that threatens to destroy their kingdom. In Overflow, now available for the WiiWare™ service, your task is to clean up a colorful but dangerous fuel spill. Some of the action in these games may get messy, but you've got everything it takes to restore order.
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Publisher: 1st Playable Productions
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Suggestive Themes
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords delivers classic puzzle action combined with an epic story of good versus evil. Enter the world of Etheria, a land that is quickly becoming swamped with evil. Help protect the kingdom of Bartonia from the undead invasion and seek out the source of these vile creatures to ensure the safety of your countrymen. Challenge your skills in single-player campaign mode or battle your friends via wireless multiplayer (broadband Internet access required). Match gems and unleash devastating spells to defeat your opponents. Complete more than 150 quests in the expansive and immersive story mode.
Publisher: EnjoyUp Games
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: 99Bullets is a fun space shooter with a retro look. The galaxy IRATA 2601 is threatened by Black Eye and his minions, but V-99 is ready to stop him with his 99 bullets. Control V-99 by avoiding, shooting and taking care of the 99 bullets available on each level. The game features more than 10 levels, incredible final bosses and an Arcade Mode.
3D Twist & Match
Publisher: Sanuk Games
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: How quickly can you rotate 3D objects to match their silhouettes? Challenge your spatial visualization skills and make optimal moves to build combos. With its intuitive controls, 3D Twist & Match is easy to pick up, yet its intense, frantic game play will have you coming back again and again. The game features 10 themes: Beach, Halloween, Christmas, Jungle, Food, Vehicles, Tools, Music, Sports and Electronics. Game modes include Classic, Rush and Practice. There are three levels of difficulty, 200 objects to match and oodles of trophies to unlock.
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: Professor Lexis just finished his greatest and most energy-efficient machine yet. However, the moment he flipped the switch for the first official test, the machine exploded and sprayed all of the professor's new multicolored fuel everywhere. He now needs your help to collect the precious fuel and repair the damage before the worldwide energy symposium begins. Twist your Wii Remote™ controller to place wooden planks, funnels and particle transportation portals to guide the fluids back to the correct collection channels and repair the damage in 30 warped levels. The professor will even have you tackling the dangerous task of mixing fluids to create new fuel colors. Just be sure to contain the spill before you cause an overflow.