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Successfully Learning German: Year 4 (DSiWare)

Successfully Learning German: Year 4 (DSiWare)

What’s the German for deja-vu?

Successfully Learning German: Year 4 has arrived, looming on the DSiWare landscape with a sense of inevitability. The decision by Tivola to convert a retail release into multiple downloads means that fans of edutainment titles have been spending a lot of money on their DSi. Moving on from Year 3, Freddy the Vampire pledges to help young student continue their..

Jewel Keepers: Easter Island (DSiWare)

Jewel Keepers: Easter Island (DSiWare)

Semi-precious stones

No one knows what it is that makes match-three puzzle games so fun and addictive to play, but it’s unavoidable. Wherever you turn, match-three puzzles exist, and it’s clear that DSiWare is no exception to that rule. With games such as Bejeweled Twist and Ikibago already available, Jewel Keepers: Easter Island is in good...

Make Up & Style (DSiWare)

Make Up & Style (DSiWare)

Shaky foundation

Looking good is hard work. For those who want to learn or just enjoy playing around with lipstick and powder comes Make Up & Style, attempting a fun and informative take on facial beautification. But is this title good enough to make you blush, or is it only the eye-shadow of a good game? While Beauty Academy went for a...

Farm Frenzy (DSiWare)

Farm Frenzy (DSiWare)

Cock-a-doodle-don't

Running a farm is hard work – there are animals to feed, goose eggs to collect and bears to capture and sell to market. Such is the setting of Farm Frenzy, an agricultural time and resource management adventure. But is this a prize pig or should it be put out to pasture? The small, symbiotic playing field divides between animals, buildings and your well, storehouse and truck..

Puzzle Fever (DSiWare)

Puzzle Fever (DSiWare)

Don't catch it

Cast your mind back a few months to the launch of Ubongo on DSiWare. In that instance, Korner Entertainment took a popular board game and turned it into a mediocre puzzle/board game; here, Korner has removed the board game licence, the story and the gem-grabbing puzzle mode to reduce the package right down to its barebones. Is it...

Roller Angels (DSiWare)

Roller Angels (DSiWare)

Angelic

Roller Angels doesn't know what it wants to be; it's torn between Canabalt's forward-moving platforming action, Jet Grind Radio's alt-rock rebelliousness and de Blob's sense of beautification, without really committing fully to any one of them. Maybe that's a good thing. Yes, it lacks the first's pitch-perfect mechanics, the middle one's...

The Lost Town - The Dust (DSiWare)

The Lost Town - The Dust (DSiWare)

Diamond in the Dust

Quite a few attempts have been made at producing a good DSiWare action RPG by now. Some of these games turned out to be top-notch, and others not so much. Thankfully, The Lost Town - The Dust falls into the category of games that are definitely worth their weight in Nintendo Points. This lengthily titled action RPG combines...

Moto eXtreme (DSiWare)

Moto eXtreme (DSiWare)

Motorcycle platforming?

Motorcycle racing games have long been a staple of video gaming over the years, and while we've seen some extremely unique gameplay ideas injected into them, there's probably never been one quite like Moto eXtreme. Rather than stick to the traditional racing action, developer Chillingo has instead crafted a motorcycle...

Successfully Learning German: Year 3 (DSiWare)

Successfully Learning German: Year 3 (DSiWare)

Freddy is back, and tougher than ever

It’s another week and another Successfully Learning title from edutainment specialists Tivola. This relentless schedule of language learning titles on DSiWare continues with Successfully Learning German: Year 3. Young German speakers are once again led to the classroom by the smiling and freckled vampire mascot, promising a unique combination of fun and..

Hearts Spades Euchre (DSiWare)

Hearts Spades Euchre (DSiWare)

A game with a lot of heart

Card enthusiasts searching for quick and casual DSiWare fun are in luck with Hearts Spades Euchre from Cosmigo, the same company that brought us the surprisingly high-quality 505 Tangram. The studio returns here with another above average title with a modest, to-the-point name that risks seeing potential customers underestimate it and pass it by. But don't sell this..

Boardwalk Ball Toss (DSiWare)

Boardwalk Ball Toss (DSiWare)

Not quite as big a rip-off as the real thing

For as long as humans have stacked milk bottles in pyramid formations, people have yearned to topple them. Salvation for these individuals came by way of the carnival – but what's a toppling enthusiast to do on the walk home, or on the bus the next day? Enter Boardwalk Ball Toss, the perfect solution for such a predicament. It comes to us from..

Just Sing! 80s Collection (DSiWare)

Just Sing! 80s Collection (DSiWare)

Shoulder pads and mullets optional

DSiWare has seen some glorious titles since its launch, but for wannabe pop stars, there's been something missing. Stepping forward is DTP Entertainment, filling the void in the DSiWare catalogue with Just Sing! 80’s Collection. Time to get busy with the hairspray, dig out those old shoulder pads and return to the golden age of synth music. This is the fourth..

Pro Jumper! Guilty Gear Tangent!? (DSiWare)

Pro Jumper! Guilty Gear Tangent!? (DSiWare)

There is no tagline for a title like that

If you’ve never been confused by a video game’s title, now’s your chance! With all of its punctuation and absurdity, Pro Jumper! Guilty Gear Tangent!? is easily one of the most interesting titles on the DSiWare service. As the name suggests, this is a spin-off of the Guilty Gear series of fighting games, but it strays pretty far from the franchise’s..

Stratego: Next Edition (DSiWare)

Stratego: Next Edition (DSiWare)

Stratego on the go

Ah, Stratego. A game with rules so simple you'll understand them fully the first time you play, and yet so open to strategy and cleverness that you'll never play the same game twice. With its fast setup and addictive play style, it's the kind of game you find yourself playing twenty rounds of when you only wanted to play one or two. The fact that the board game is a stone-cold..

Successfully Learning German: Year 2 (DSiWare)

Successfully Learning German: Year 2 (DSiWare)

Mein Name ist Freddy, ich bin ein Vampir

It seems that Tivola is keen to make the humble DSi the definitive language learning tool of the 21st Century. Perhaps that is an exaggeration, but Successfully Learning German: Year 2 has arrived to help young German speakers improve their language skills. Freddy the Vampire returns as the series mascot, and we’re once again led back to the classroom..

Zimo: Mahjong Fanatic (DSiWare)

Zimo: Mahjong Fanatic (DSiWare)

Nah-jong

Legend has told of a Mahjong game that would stand out above the rest. This game would be different, original, and would finally bring an end to the dull and lifeless Mahjong games of the past. This game would be unlike the usual Mahjong Solitaire games that have players simply matching pairs of tiles, but would instead be like the traditional Chinese game of skill and chance. Zimo:..

Delbo (DSiWare)

Delbo (DSiWare)

Turns out hell is actually pretty fun

Long, long ago, in a place no one remembers, a young maiden was praying to the heavens to bring back her lover, who had perished. All at once, she was surrounded by an infinite number of glittering crystal orbs. A voice from above called out to her, "...These crystal orbs hold the secret to your lover's...

Hidden Photo (DSiWare)

Hidden Photo (DSiWare)

Shutterbug fun, or shudder and run?

Two of today's most cherished timewasters are fun with photographs and hidden object puzzles, so it's a wonder that it's taken so long for someone to combine the two. Continuing on their recent trend of porting retail DS titles to downloadable DSiWare, Most Wanted and Subdued Games bring us Hidden Photo – but is...

Beach Party Craze (DSiWare)

Beach Party Craze (DSiWare)

Worth the day trip?

Though Diner Dash has yet to make an appearance on DSiWare, other publishers have stepped up to offer fans similar action on the platform. Alawar Entertainment is now bringing Beach Party Craze to the service, but is this PC port worth a download? The storyline in Beach Party Craze is simple, as you fill in for a friend as an attendant at a swanky beach resort. You’ll need to..

Crazy Cheebo: Puzzle Party (DSiWare)

Crazy Cheebo: Puzzle Party (DSiWare)

Just crazy enough to work

If there’s one thing that can certainly be said about DSiWare games, it’s this: no matter how ridiculous the name of your game is, it can be made. Proving this point with much gusto is Crazy Cheebo: Puzzle Party, the latest addition to the countless puzzle games already available on the service. But, beyond the title, is this one different and original enough to..