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Shawn Johnson Gymnastics (DSiWare)

Shawn Johnson Gymnastics (DSiWare)

Not even Shawn Johnson can save this one

Despite nearly 350 current releases on the DSiWare service, we've seen only a handful of sports titles. Now with the release of Shawn Johnson Gymnastics, Zoo Games is looking to cash in on this lack of sports titles by offering up not only a fairly well-known name in the gymnastics world, but also the first release of this particular sport on the service..

Gold Fever (DSiWare)

Gold Fever (DSiWare)

Will you catch puzzle fever?

Gold Fever is a title that has arrived on the DSiWare scene with very little known about it. Developer Tik Games LLC has only released one title on the DSi download service, Rocks 'N’ Rockets released late last year, and latest title Gold Fever is a puzzle game that borrows elements of various classics to tickle your puzzle fancy. Presented with a range of coloured..

101 Dolphin Pets (DSiWare)

101 Dolphin Pets (DSiWare)

The water's fine

Some of us are old enough to remember when all you could do with a virtual pet was feed it when it beeped, play "guess the number" and wait for it to eventually die. We've come a long way since then, arriving now at 101 Dolphin Pets, Teyon's follow-up to its more ferocious shark-based smorgasbord of 101 Shark Pets. The sequel doesn't provide a sea change of improvements,..

All-Star Air Hockey (DSiWare)

All-Star Air Hockey (DSiWare)

Floaty puck action for one

What's the most endearing aspect of Air Hockey? Is it the rapid pace? The frantic mix of offence and defence? The unique floatiness of the puck? The smell of Chuck-E-Cheese pizza baking in the background? No; like most pseudo-sports found in arcades and questionable bars, the magic of Air Hockey lies in the spirit of competition that it can instantly stir up between..

Boom Boom Squaries (DSiWare)

Boom Boom Squaries (DSiWare)

All the right angles?

Pitched as a spin-off title from WiiWare platformer Furry Legends, DSiWare puzzler Boom Boom Squaries is very similar to Flash and iOS game Chain Reaction: you tap the touchscreen to cause a small explosion that detonates any enemies it touches, causing a chain reaction. Boom Boom Squaries has a few variations on this theme, though. Classic mode asks you to detonate a certain..

Puzzle to Go Baby Animals (DSiWare)

Puzzle to Go Baby Animals (DSiWare)

A puzzle best left unsolved

It's been almost ten months since the last time we received a Puzzle to Go game. We've clearly stated our complaints about the previous two games in our past reviews, but have the developers taken the time to improve this latest outing? When you first start you'll notice that the menus look, expectedly, exactly the same as those of the previous instalments. That indeed..

Ferryman Puzzle (DSiWare)

Ferryman Puzzle (DSiWare)

Is this ferry on choppy waters?

Ferryman Puzzle is the latest release from Engine Software, a developer that, aside from the Just Sing! games, has focused on DSiWare in the form of basic titles with a budget price point. The concept here will be familiar to those who have stumbled across it in Professor Layton games: you are a ferryman tasked with...

Digger Dan & Kaboom (DSiWare)

Digger Dan & Kaboom (DSiWare)

Dig it

Digger Dan & Kaboom, right off the bat, has a lot going against it. For one thing, its title sounds like the name of some rejected Disney Channel cartoon trying to channel the success of Bob the Builder, and its awful CG concept art isn't doing much to combat that notion, either. Combine that with the fact that this game came completely...

505 Tangram (DSiWare)

505 Tangram (DSiWare)

Believe in angles

There's a wealth of puzzle games on DSiWare, but 505 Tangrams is the first tangram-based title to hit the shop so it's got the genre all to itself. How high does it set the bar for future tangram titles to match, though? If you're not sure what a tangram is, allow us to enlighten you. You're given a silhouette, here in one of five...

Airport Mania: Non-Stop Flights (DSiWare)

Airport Mania: Non-Stop Flights (DSiWare)

Economy class

In November, Nintendo Life received an unexpected – and quite pleasant – shock from a little game called Airport Mania: First Flight. It was a release that flew in from totally off the radar, and immediately became one of our favorite games on the WiiWare service. It was a deceptively deep, engaging game of time- and resource-management. It was adorable, fun and, above all,..

Ante Up: Texas Hold'em (DSiWare)

Ante Up: Texas Hold'em (DSiWare)

Sometimes less is more

Since we've already seen a host of Texas Hold'em games released on the WiiWare and DSiWare services, it would be quite easy to dismiss this fourth entry, Ante Up: Texas Hold'em, as just another attempt to cash in on the game's popularity. But even with the game's minimalistic visual approach, it's difficult not to be impressed with the playability and ease-of-use the game..

Glory Days - Tactical Defense (DSiWare)

Glory Days - Tactical Defense (DSiWare)

Glorious

odenis studio has built a good track record on DSiWare, with its capture-the-flag-on-wheels adventure Pop Island and its follow-up, Pop Island: Paperfield. Before that, however, it was responsible for the combat strategy Glory Days titles, and now it's drastically altered and miniaturised the formula into a downloadable top-down defence-centred package. Glory Days – Tactical Defense is..

The Seller (DSiWare)

The Seller (DSiWare)

Sell it

Quick! What's the most convoluted and fun-deprived card game on the DSiWare service? Wrong: it's The Seller, an unnecessarily complicated and almost completely unstimulating card game that probably won't even keep you awake long enough to irritate the Hell out of you. Now, let's get one thing clear: The Seller isn't broken. It's (almost) a perfectly functional game, and we're sure that if..

Missy Mila: Twisted Tales (DSiWare)

Missy Mila: Twisted Tales (DSiWare)

Child's play

Virtual books aren't really anything new on the DS, having seen full retail releases such as 100 Classic Books Collection containing classic literature such as Around The World In 80 Days to the DSiWare series of Flips. This time around, we have Missy Mila – Twisted Tales, a small collection of five original children's stories (Baba Yaga, The Toupouloupou, Elvis, The Cow & The..

Animal Boxing (DSiWare)

Animal Boxing (DSiWare)

Not just cruelty to animals, unfortunately

For those who don't know, Animal Boxing was originally released as a DS retail title two years ago to little fanfare. In fact, even though the game has just been recently released on DSiWare, most people don't even know it was originally a retail release. Perhaps this might explain the reason the game's publisher has decided to give the game new life on..

Oscar in Toyland 2 (DSiWare)

Oscar in Toyland 2 (DSiWare)

Oscar in Average Land 2: Mediocre Harder

In September 2009 we got Oscar in Toyland on DSiWare, and almost a year ago we saw its follow-up, Oscar in Movieland, come to the service. Both of them were secretly slightly redone ports of Amiga platformers, which, in a weird way, meant that there were actually some Virtual Console games available on the service. We didn't score either game very highly,..

Alien Puzzle Adventure (DSiWare)

Alien Puzzle Adventure (DSiWare)

Connect three puzzle action returns to DSiWare.... again

Puzzlers are a dime a dozen on DSiWare. They range from connect three games like A Little Bit Of... Puzzle League to simple bubble-popping in Pop Plus: Solo. Now we have Alien Puzzle Adventure, Mastertronic's second title for the service. Does it do enough to stand out from the crowd? Not really, but it's a decent attempt. There are two game..

EJ Puzzles: Hooked (DSiWare)

EJ Puzzles: Hooked (DSiWare)

Crab your enthusiasm

When last we heard from Electron Jump games...erm...uhhh...well, you know where we're going with this. Suffice it to say we weren't quite thrilled about wading through such questionable waters a second time. But a strange and unexpected thing happened with their most recent release, EJ Puzzles: Hooked. It turned out to be a very, very good game. Now, that's not to say that it..

Surfacer+ (DSiWare)

Surfacer+ (DSiWare)

A+

The year may be young (really, really young) but we've already seen two must-have games hit the DSiWare Shop. The first was Alt-Play: Jason Rohrer Anthology, a collection of some of the most beautifully realised artistic statements gaming has to offer. The second is Surfacer+, a wonderfully unique action-puzzler that came out of nowhere and...

Word Searcher 2 (DSiWare)

Word Searcher 2 (DSiWare)

Legend of the seeker

In late 2009 and early 2010, Digital Leisure released versions of Word Searcher on both WiiWare and DSiWare respectively. Finally, after nearly a year of waiting, fans of the original adventures can quit holding their breaths and take in the fresh air of Word Searcher 2, available now as a brand new addition to the DSiWare service. If you loved the first entries then you’re..