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Nintendo Download: 23rd May 2011 (North America)

Posted by James Newton

Puzzles, bullets, objects and liquids

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.

DSiWare

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.

WiiWare

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.

Nintendo DSiWare

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Publisher: 1st Playable Productions
Players: 1-2
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.

99Bullets
Publisher: EnjoyUp Games
Players: 1
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
Players: 1
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.

WiiWare

Overflow
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1
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.

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User Comments (37)

sfog

#3

sfog said:

If it's the full game or close to it, $8 for Puzzle Quest isn't bad at all.

Bankai

#5

Bankai said:

man, I already have like four different versions of Puzzle Quest, but it';s well worth buying if you haven't already got it.

I personally enjoyed 3D Twist n Match too, although that was the PSP version. For 200 points, it's pretty good value.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#6

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Puzzle Quest is awesome. Its one of the best games on the DS retail circuit so its worth a punt if you don't have it. I'm actually currently playing the cart version. Sort an RPG with a deep match 3 or more battle system which has added spells and special moves.

SilverBaretta

#8

SilverBaretta said:

Oh, cool, I lost my Puzzle Quest cartridge. I may pick this version up if it isn't too stripped down, which I can't imagine it being.

motang

#9

motang said:

Puzzle Quest is awesome, I have the retail game and it's a very good one to have if you don't have it already.

Rawk_Hawk

#10

Rawk_Hawk said:

I'm going to guess that the next VC game will be one of the Adventure Island games or Super Earth Defense Force.

niner

#12

niner said:

I guess VC is too tired after squeezing Chrono Trigger out last week.

slidecage

#13

slidecage said:

can get puzzle quest in the states on cart for 5 bucks shipped in some places..8 is way too much for a download

GreenAbobo

#19

GreenAbobo said:

Puzzle Quest only offers local wireless according to the shop description, with no mention of WiFi.

EDIT: Yep, confirmed local only.

VilicoBRA

#20

VilicoBRA said:

'WiFi or not WiFi, that is the question.' Someone, please?
Thanks in advance.

EDIT: Thanks, GreenAbobo!

vio

#21

vio said:

No VC? Come on dude, the release pattern has been 1 game every other week for a long time now. It sucks big time, but it's hardly anything new.

Tasuki

#23

Tasuki said:

@vio: Where were you last week? Chrono Trigger came out last week so the next VC game will be out next week.

Capt_N

#24

Capt_N said:

I hope Mega Man 5 comes next week. Edit: Saved 500 of my Christmas points for it. :) 600pts from that, & a prior card are just sitting there, waiting to be spent on MM5. ;)

Retro_Gamer

#26

Retro_Gamer said:

Seems to be mostly puzzle filler since they know lots of people are still busy playing through Chrono Trigger.

ecco6t9

#27

ecco6t9 said:

Also does this Puzzle Quest contain the expansions and have the self damage glitch?(I've won many battles using that technique.)

slidecage

#28

slidecage said:

i be shocked if puzzle quest is the complete ds verison ...
what expansions of puzzle quest are you talking about (never knew the first puzzle quest had any expansions)

MeloMan

#29

MeloMan said:

I remember hearing alot about 99Bullets and it sounded promising... I'm looking forward to the review.

BRAINFOX

#30

BRAINFOX said:

sssooooooo where's La Mulana? saying it's not good enough is not an excuse after releasing an abomination like Play With Birds....

sfog

#31

sfog said:

"what expansions of puzzle quest are you talking about (never knew the first puzzle quest had any expansions)"

There was an expansion for the PSN and XBLA versions, known as Revenge of the Plague Lord, which has extra character classes, spells, and items, along with a series of extra quests and enemies in a side area.

GreenAbobo

#34

GreenAbobo said:

Hopefully someone fixes the misinformation in this news post about WiFi on Puzzle Quest. I was soo close to buying it, 'til I found out this info was wrong. Can't blame NL for the conclusion, as the press release was misleading, but it is up to them to correct such an error once it is known to be false (or maybe they don't read the comments from the unwashed masses here...).
Anyways, I got 99Bullets instead and it's really quite fun. I'd give it a 7/10, but I expect a 5/10 from the NL review.

James

#35

James said:

@GreenAbobo If there's something you want to bring to our attention, please use the Contact form to let us know. We can't possibly monitor all comments threads and all forum posts so if there's something you think we need to see, you should tell us about it directly :)

ElReminator

#36

ElReminator said:

I downloaded Puzzle Quest on my DSi, and it seems to be the whole package, complete with the story mode, instant action mode, vs mode, bestiary, citadel building and all we came to know and love from puzzle quest. Only problem I've noticed is the sound. GOD! It is glitchy and often ends up spitting nothing but interference sounds out of the DS' speakers. Other than that, at 800 pts, it's a must buy.

Pod

#37

Pod said:

First puzzle quest is a great game, and it's much better value at 8€. :)

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