DSiWare Reviews

Around the World in 80 Days (DSiWare)

Around the World in 80 Days (DSiWare)

Have money, will travel

When pondering the subject of exploration, match-three puzzle titles might not be the first thing that springs to mind. Jules Verne's classic story of an 80 day adventure around the world is a difficult concept to adapt through gem-switching and colour combinations, but Joindots GmbH has gone and done exactly that. Around the...

Fishdom (DSiWare)

Fishdom (DSiWare)

All very fin-miliar

Let's face it; you can't simply release a match-three puzzle game on Nintendo's range of handhelds today and expect to come across as unique. Developers are entering into an eShop saturated by shiny things just waiting to be lined up, so there needs to be some kind of hook to get players interested. Fishdom wears an intriguing...

Amida's Path (DSiWare)

Amida's Path (DSiWare)

The road less traveled

DSiWare releases are becoming fewer and far between, but there are still some interesting titles to be found for the service, and they're all accessible thanks to the 3DS eShop. Collavier Corporation's Amida's Path is a creative, fun game that combines strategy, action and light role-playing to create an experience that feels...

Mysterious Stars: The Samurai (DSiWare)

Mysterious Stars: The Samurai (DSiWare)

Bushi-no.

The DSi’s touchscreen-and-stylus setup has inspired an impressive array of pen-and-paper puzzle conversions over the years, and this trend seems set to continue right into DSiWare’s twilight days. Collavier’s Mysterious Stars trilogy, as the most recent example, pairs classic connect-the-dots puzzles with children’s stories. It’s...

Mysterious Stars: A Fairy Tale (DSiWare)

Mysterious Stars: A Fairy Tale (DSiWare)

Missed connections

From sudoku and crosswords to mazes and more, pen-and-paper puzzle games have found a happy home on Nintendo’s recent dual-screened systems, especially as part of smaller, downloadable offerings. One of the latest examples of this trend is the Mysterious Stars trilogy, a set of DSiWare games that couple classic connect-the-dots...

Anne's Doll Studio: Antique Collection (DSiWare)

Anne's Doll Studio: Antique Collection (DSiWare)

Antique? Try "aged"

Gamebridge's Anne's Doll Studio: Antique Collection is one of several titles in the Anne's Doll Studio "series," and like the other entries is a complete waste of time and money. A simple application in which you can dress up a doll and save it as an image file, users will find all there is to discover in Anne's Doll Studio as...

Anne's Doll Studio: Lolita Collection (DSiWare)

Anne's Doll Studio: Lolita Collection (DSiWare)

Don't touch Lolita

Gamebridge's Anne's Doll Studio: Lolita Collection is one of several titles in the Anne's Doll Studio "series," and like the other entries, is a complete waste of time and money. A simple application in which you can dress up a doll and save it as an image file, users will find all there is to discover in Anne's Doll Studio as...

Anne's Doll Studio: Princess Collection (DSiWare)

Anne's Doll Studio: Princess Collection (DSiWare)

Evil princess

Gamebridge's Anne's Doll Studio: Princess Collection is one of several titles in the Anne's Doll Studio "series," and like the other entries is a complete waste of time and money. A simple application in which you can dress up a doll and save it as an image file, users will find all there is to discover as soon as the title menu is...

Anonymous Notes Chapter 4 - From the Abyss (DSiWare)

Anonymous Notes Chapter 4 - From the Abyss (DSiWare)

Four-ev-urrr

The Anonymous Notes series is pretty meta, in a way. For games about eternally slaying monsters in dungeons, they never seem to stop emerging from the eShop themselves. If you’ve been following along with our reviews, it probably won’t surprise you to know that Anonymous Notes Chapter 4 - From the Abyss is very much like Chapter 3,

Mysterious Stars: The Singer (DSiWare)

Mysterious Stars: The Singer (DSiWare)

Only connect...

Connect the dots, dot to dot, join the dots...whatever you called it growing up, the odds are pretty good you didn't think the game would be improved by a storyline. That's unfortunate, because that's the one thing Mysterious Stars: The Singer has to differentiate itself from an inexpensive book of similar puzzles. Well, no, that's...

My Aquarium: Seven Oceans (DSiWare)

My Aquarium: Seven Oceans (DSiWare)

Fishing for something more

Back in the heyday of the WiiWare service, an application titled My Aquarium was made available to all Wii owners through the digital distribution platform. It was so well received — as is evidenced by our review — that a second version was soon developed, appropriately and unsurprisingly titled My Aquarium 2. Now,...

ATV Quad Kings (DSiWare)

ATV Quad Kings (DSiWare)

ATZzz...

Some forms of racing get a bad rap for looking too “simple” but, in reality, require a great deal of strategy and focus. It should never be as simple as holding down the accelerator until the finish line, which seems a lesson unfortunately lost on ATV Quad Kings. Quad Kings is a purely single-player run with three modes. The largest of...

ATV Fever (DSiWare)

ATV Fever (DSiWare)

Muddy goings

ATV Fever is at its best when machines hit the dirt and one gets into the zone of navigating a track’s turns and bumps. It’s a good way to distract oneself from the strange choices made in the organization of the game off the track. But first, the racing. ATV Fever has a pretty simple control setup. There are no tricks; no...

Deep Sea Creatures (DSiWare)

Deep Sea Creatures (DSiWare)

Shallow waters

Collavier's Deep Sea Creatures, a slow-paced sim about deep sea fish and tank management, is not for everyone. While there is nothing particularly wrong with the game, its leisurely pace, lack of immediate challenge and poor instruction will likely turn off players looking for a more satisfying experience. For players genuinely...

Sokomania 2: Cool Job (DSiWare)

Sokomania 2: Cool Job (DSiWare)

Overheated

Cinemax's 2010 DSiWare puzzler Sokomania received a disappointing 3/10 in our review, due to its cheap presentation, lack of content and absence of variety. Unfortunately, Sokomania 2: Cool Job, while sporting a little more personality and improved visuals than its predecessor, doesn't improve upon the one-note gameplay and feels just as...

Jewel Match (DSiWare)

Jewel Match (DSiWare)

A traditional match-three lacking in splendour

Anyone familiar with the world of match-three games will know almost exactly what to expect from a title such as Jewel Match. Released, oddly enough, after Jewel Match 3 on the 3DS, this DSiWare version strips out the story, hidden object finding, and other extra mini-games of the past sequel and...

Sea Battle (DSiWare)

Sea Battle (DSiWare)

Please sink this battleship

It's surprising there aren't more DS titles based on the classic board game Battleship. The DS, with its plastic exterior and flip-up dual screens, looks remarkably like a Milton Bradley Battleship board you probably have stuffed in the back of a closet. You don't need to dig through all your old board games to play...

I Am In The Movie (DSiWare)

I Am In The Movie (DSiWare)

I am in disbelief

Have you ever wanted to be a film director? Have you ever wanted to capture life through the lens of a camera and use it to craft your own cinematic masterpiece? Do you have even a fleeting interest in special effects? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, now’s the time to leave all of your hopes and dreams on the...

Hidden Expedition Titanic (DSiWare)

Hidden Expedition Titanic (DSiWare)

The fun is also hidden

Thanks to the blockbuster movie of the '90s, the sinking of the Titanic seems to be less a tragic historical event and more a part of story-telling culture. Whether that bothers you is up to you, but Hidden Expedition Titanic merely pretends to include a story around the ill-fated ship, throwing some nonsense around a fairly...

Orion's Odyssey (DSiWare)

Orion's Odyssey (DSiWare)

A little Odyssey

Island Officials' Kickstarter-funded puzzler Orion's Odyssey is the spiritual successor to Hands On! Tangrams, a fun but one-note title that had solid gameplay but little variety and was severely lacking in presentation. Island Officials has crafted a more polished experience with a charming presentation and story, but with...