DSiWare Reviews - Page 11

Calculator (DSiWare)

Calculator (DSiWare)

Does it add up?

Although the majority of titles on the DSiWare shop are games, since launch there have been some items that would more accurately be described as ‘apps’. Common on smartphones, they have become increasingly less frequent on DSiWare. Cinemax are bucking the trend with Calculator; does it get the sums right? The list of features for this calculator is, on paper, substantial..

Word Searcher 3 (DSiWare)

Word Searcher 3 (DSiWare)

The same old search

It has become apparent that each of Digital Leisure's Word Searcher titles is intended to vary the content rather than improve the design toward a more interesting take on the activity. If you’ve played any of the previous entries, then you know exactly what’s in store with their newest addition to the DSiWare service, Word Searcher 3. You play by holding your DSi sideways,..

Successfully Learning English: Year 4 (DSiWare)

Successfully Learning English: Year 4 (DSiWare)

Can you spell re-pet-i-tive?

Tivola’s series of edutainment titles keeps rolling on, Successfully Learning English: Year 4 representing the third entry in this particular DSiWare series. In our review of Successfully Learning English: Year 3, we observed that the classroom was unchanged from Year 2; does graduation to Year 4 bring exciting change or more of the same? Well, dear students, you will..

Whack-A-Friend (DSiWare)

Whack-A-Friend (DSiWare)

Totally wack

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, step right up and see Whack-A-Friend, Agetec’s latest incarnation of the ever popular arcade game Whac-A-Mole! Or don’t. Either way, you won’t be missing out on much. The game starts with you choosing to either play using the picture provided, or you can use your own pictures of family, friends or pets. Whichever..

Mighty Milky Way (DSiWare)

Mighty Milky Way (DSiWare)

Très amusant

WayForward's first DSiWare release Mighty Flip Champs was arguably the first must-have title for the service, and given the game's popularity it's understandable that fans have been clamouring for a sequel ever since. But rather than create a direct sequel, the developer has instead chosen to throw gamers into a completely new gameplay...

Ikibago (DSiWare)

Ikibago (DSiWare)

Ahoy, mateys!

So, you’re already thinking “really? Another puzzle game? Really?” But wait! Ikibago, the latest DSiWare title from Neko Entertainment, has got pirates in it! It may be lacking in the ninja, robot, zombie and unicorn territories, but there are plenty of pirates in this fun and addictive puzzler to go around. In the interestingly titled Ikibago, it is your job to line up at..

Anonymous Notes Chapter 2 - From The Abyss (DSiWare)

Anonymous Notes Chapter 2 - From The Abyss (DSiWare)

Second verse, same as the first

Anonymous Notes Chapter 1 - From the Abyss turned out to be a mechanically sound albeit slightly aimless dungeon crawler with a couple of interesting ideas up its sleeve. Save for a different main character, this is the exact same game as before. Not that we were expecting anything else — both games selectively pull...

Ice Hockey Slovakia 2011 (DSiWare)

Ice Hockey Slovakia 2011 (DSiWare)

Wayne not-so-greatzky

Many people are familiar with table football – sometimes referred to as "foosball" — that consists of a table containing little miniature football/soccer players on rods with handles sticking through the case that you can pull, push and twist. A ball is dropped in the centre of the table, which the opponents must then manoeuvre into the enemy's goal through..

Successfully Learning English: Year 3 (DSiWare)

Successfully Learning English: Year 3 (DSiWare)

Are these A, B, Cs as easy as 1, 2, 3?

It seems that Tivola’s campaign to bring educational entertainment, or edutainment, to Nintendo consoles is yet to run out of steam. Successfully Learning English: Year 3 is the second entry in this DSiWare series, and the sixth ‘Successfully Learning’ title overall. The first Successfully Learning English Year 2 review made it clear Tivola "must..

Zoonies - Escape from Makatu (DSiWare)

Zoonies - Escape from Makatu (DSiWare)

A great escape?

New developers have gravitated towards DSiWare since it launched, resulting in a broad variety of titles on the service. Kiloo Games is another developer making its DSiWare debut, having previously focussed on developing for smartphones, entering the fray with puzzle platformer Zoonies – Escape from Makatu. In Zoonies you play as Leo the Lion, who is enjoying a typical Sunday..

Ubongo (DSiWare)

Ubongo (DSiWare)

Nothing funny rhymes with "Ubongo"

Ubongo is a board game that's won its fair share of awards in continental Europe, and came to WiiWare via a not-so-great adaptation. Shrinking the game to the DSiWare platform doesn't do it any favours either, sadly, and comes with a host of new problems. As opposed to the four-player original board game and WiiWare adaptation, Ubongo on DSiWare is restricted to..

GO Series: Tower of Deus (DSiWare)

GO Series: Tower of Deus (DSiWare)

Prince of Persia Lite

With the absence of any Prince of Persia titles on Virtual Console, there's not really anything available for download in the way of acrobatic platformers in which the objective is to nimbly climb up ledges and perform almost pixel-perfect leaps. DSiWare's GO Series Tower of Deus somewhat fills this empty space, but mostly...

Airport Mania: First Flight (DSiWare)

Airport Mania: First Flight (DSiWare)

Smooth skies

Good news, everyone! The wait for the DSiWare port of Airport Mania: First Flight is finally over. Combining aspects of both the WiiWare version and the watered-down Airport Mania: Non-Stop Flights — already available on their respective services — this is definitely a game worthy of closer inspection. As stated above, this game...

Inchworm Animation (DSiWare)

Inchworm Animation (DSiWare)

Animazing!

When Flipnote Studio burst onto the DSiWare scene back in 2009, it quickly became one of the most popular releases on the service, although it is worth noting that the title was available free of charge. Sites dedicated to hosting the animation creations began popping up across the Internet and remain active almost two years later. Now...

Valet Parking 1989 (DSiWare)

Valet Parking 1989 (DSiWare)

A crash course in parking

The DSiWare service certainly has the ability to surprise with its diverse variety of genres and concepts. Developer Zordix AB is throwing its hat into the ring with Valet Parking 1989. The title is self explanatory, and the concept of valet parking has been envisioned as a time management puzzle game with a distinctly 80s flavour. The question is whether parking cars can..

Music On: Learning Piano Volume 2 (DSiWare)

Music On: Learning Piano Volume 2 (DSiWare)

Beautiful harmony or sour note?

Abylight has already released seven Music On titles for the DSiWare service that teach basic instruction for such musical instruments as the keyboard and the guitar. While the Spanish studio has already released one title covering the piano, it's obviously decided that the instrument needed a follow-up with the release of Music On: Learning Piano Volume 2. Although..

Hellokids - Vol. 1: Coloring and Painting (DSiWare)

Hellokids - Vol. 1: Coloring and Painting (DSiWare)

A decent artist's toolbox

With the free title Flipnote Studio available on DSiWare, it's kind of hard to really create anything that would be able to top it. Hellokids - Vol. 1: Coloring and Painting, however, does offer some decent options and might be fun for younger kids. The main draw for the young ones is probably the colouring mode, in which...

Successfully Learning English: Year 2 (DSiWare)

Successfully Learning English: Year 2 (DSiWare)

Vocabu-scary or the definition of fun?

After four entries in the Successfully Learning Mathematics WiiWare series, Tivola is now turning its attentions to studying English, and this time Freddy the Vampire flies – at night, of course – over to DSiWare instead. It’s time to start a new class, but will this help young gamers learn their ABCs? Successfully Learning English: Year 2 follows the..

Escape Trick: The Secret of Rock City Prison (DSiWare)

Escape Trick: The Secret of Rock City Prison (DSiWare)

Far more frustrating than fun

Despite the system's unique touchscreen feature, we've seen very few point-and-click adventures for the system. Intense Games hopes to remedy that situation with the release of its mystery adventure Escape Trick: The Secret of Rock City Prison on DSiWare. Combining a story full of plot twists with point-and-click puzzle solving elements, the game weaves an intricate..

Art of Ink (DSiWare)

Art of Ink (DSiWare)

Awesome ink

All right, let’s be serious for just a minute. Who here hasn’t dreamed about the glitzy and glamorous lifestyle that comes with being a tattoo artist? Well, now you can finally fulfill your fantasy with the release of Art of Ink from Sabarasa for DSiWare. Though it’s obviously not a completely accurate representation of life in...