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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...

Slingo Quest (DSiWare)

Slingo Quest (DSiWare)

Some folks call it a Slingo

Remember Slingo, the popular, fun and highly addictive internet game that had you wasting most of your work hours trying to get the high score? Well, thanks to MumboJumbo, this incredible browser game is now available on DSiWare in the form of Slingo Quest, a reincarnation of the classic with a few extra surprises. Slingo is incredibly simple, and that can account for..

Anonymous Notes Chapter 1 - From The Abyss (DSiWare)

Anonymous Notes Chapter 1 - From The Abyss (DSiWare)

Non-stop grind

There's nothing quite like a good dungeon crawler to waste away an afternoon. All that hacking and slashing and magicking and looting and leveling — when these gel together, why, yes, please. These are all traits found in Anonymous Notes Chapter 1 - From The Abyss, but sadly the glue keeping the game together lacks a very vital...

3D Twist & Match (DSiWare)

3D Twist & Match (DSiWare)

Not a perfect match

There are quite a few games on DSiWare which started off as part of another title but have been released seperately. However, there's also quite a few games that seem like they really should've been part of something else, and 3D Twist & Match undoubtedly falls into the latter category. The sole objective here is to rotate...

Trollboarder (DSiWare)

Trollboarder (DSiWare)

A slippery slope downwards…

If there is one thing missing from the video game world, it’s a snowboarding game starring goblins and dragons, and Enjoy Gaming is aiming to fill the void with Trollboarder. It’s been marketed as the ‘craziest snowboard game in history’, but is this zany fun or an experience that will drive you mad? The premise lives up to the marketing promise: there are no..

GO Series: Captain Sub (DSiWare)

GO Series: Captain Sub (DSiWare)

Diving to the murky depths

DSiWare has seen quite a few ‘GO’ titles during its lifespan, and the latest in the series is GO Series: Captain Sub. This title marks another departure in the series with a combination of puzzling, shooting and exploration. The question is whether this game is worth the expedition undersea. The premise of the game is that you control a mini submarine tasked with..

Absolute Baseball (DSiWare)

Absolute Baseball (DSiWare)

Foul balls

What happens when you take baseball, America’s favorite pastime, and mix it with Japan’s favorite pastime, the turn-based RPG? You get Tasuke’s newest DSiWare game, the Frankenstein-esque genre crosser titled Absolute Baseball. While the idea here is nothing less than genius, does an RPG in which you take control of a baseball...

Dancing Academy (DSiWare)

Dancing Academy (DSiWare)

Uh-oh, I’m dancing with my stylus

Tivola’s ‘Academy’ series of games is becoming a prolific presence on DSiWare. In consecutive months we've had Model Academy and Beauty Academy. These titles have targeted pre-teen girl gamers and the latest entry, Dancing Academy is no different. We’re dusting off our dancing shoes to determine whether this Academy’s tuition can help us beat the..

A Fairy Tale (DSiWare)

A Fairy Tale (DSiWare)

A fairy solid puzzler

We've seen a fair share of puzzlers on DSiWare, so any time a new title from the genre is released, it's generally met with a cautious approach, especially considering the number of mediocre releases we've seen so far. Having initially made its rounds on the PC and Mac, A Fairy Tale makes its way onto DSiWare and brings all of the cute puzzling fun of the original release to..

DodoGo! Robo (DSiWare)

DodoGo! Robo (DSiWare)

Domo arigato, DodoGo! Robo

With two games already available on DSiWare — DodoGo! and DodoGo! Challenge — you'd be forgiven for thinking that each DodoGo! game is simply a level pack expansion to the previous game. This was true for the second title, Challenge, but things are a bit different here, as while the first two titles were very similar...

Simply Minesweeper (DSiWare)

Simply Minesweeper (DSiWare)

Simply, Minesweeper

Engine Software doesn't exactly have a track record of making amazing games for DSiWare, all of its output has at the very least always been mediocre at worst and average at best. The studio has previously released Simply games for Mahjong, Sudoku and Solitaire, all of which were quite functional, but ultimately all very basic. Of course, another problem with these three was..

Rabi Laby (DSiWare)

Rabi Laby (DSiWare)

Down the rabbit hole

These days, with the recent release of Paul’s Shooting Adventure and Paul’s Monster Adventure, it seems as though Agetec is trying to claim the title of "most bizarre games available on DSiWare". Keeping the tradition alive, now the company's released Rabi Laby, a hybrid puzzle platform game that has players...