DSiWare Reviews - Page 16

Spot It! Challenge (DSiWare)

Spot It! Challenge (DSiWare)

Spot It or Ignore It?

Spot It! Challenge, if nothing else, has to be commended for making an incredibly boring idea (that's usually relagated to children's books that you'd find in the waiting room at the pediatrician's office) frantic and fun. At its core this is is still very much a portable version of the Spot It! search-and-find books on which the game is based — you're presented with a..

DodoGo! Challenge (DSiWare)

DodoGo! Challenge (DSiWare)

DodoGo! Hard Mode

A little over half a year ago, Neko Entertainment released DodoGo!, a charming, decently sized puzzle game not unlike Lemmings. Now they're back with a new instalment, but is it worth another go? The basic premise of DodoGo is still here. Your objective in each stage is to safely get at least one of the present eggs safely to the end, and you'll get better medals if you can bring..

Cave Story (DSiWare)

Cave Story (DSiWare)

Cave Story on the go

With the release of Cave Story on WiiWare earlier this year, Nicalis gave Wii owners a chance to experience a game that's become one of the most popular indie PC titles of all time. Now it's decided to give gamers a chance to own a portable version of the game that they can take with them on go. And while the game hasn't changed...

Frenzic (DSiWare)

Frenzic (DSiWare)

Frenzied

We're used to quality from Two Tribes so far, with excellent titles like Toki Tori and Rubik's Puzzle Galaxy: RUSH available on WiiWare getting good scores all around. With its latest game being an iPhone port for DSiWare, can it keep up this streak of entertaining titles? Frenzic is a fairly simple game, but it can get deceptively hard...

Music On: Electric Guitar (DSiWare)

Music On: Electric Guitar (DSiWare)

It's electric!

There are distinct advantages to an electric versus an acoustic guitar, such as being able to play for a larger audience using an amplifier. Unfortunately, a title that emulates the instrument on your DSi won’t offer any of these advantages, with the exception of manipulating the sound with various effects. Unlike a real axe, the...

Supermarket Mania (DSiWare)

Supermarket Mania (DSiWare)

A pretty good sale

There's plenty of games available on DSiWare which are nothing more than glorified Flash games, which you could find playable for free online if you searched for just a few minutes. At first, we suspected that Supermarket Mania would join their ranks, but thankfully it offers a little bit more. As a single player-only experience,...

Go Fetch! (DSiWare)

Go Fetch! (DSiWare)

Ruff

Playing fetch is a great way to bond with a canine companion. There's nothing like going to the park on a nice summer day and tossing a ball for your favorite four legged friend. When you first hear of a DSiWare release based on this you might imagine that you'll be guiding a puppy along with the stylus, avoiding obstacles and retrieving balls. That's exactly what you'll be doing in Go Fetch!..

Tetris Party Live (DSiWare)

Tetris Party Live (DSiWare)

Online Tetris for people on the go

Let's face it, we've seen hundreds of Tetris releases on various systems over the years, some obviously better than others. Hudson released the original Tetris Party on WiiWare almost two years ago, but with the release of the game on DSiWare, they're now giving gamers a version to take with them on the go. As a...

Need for Speed: Nitro-X (DSiWare)

Need for Speed: Nitro-X (DSiWare)

Fast and (mostly) furious

Need For Speed: Nitro-X has a lot going for it. It's a racing game on a download service that's saturated with puzzlers, for one thing, but it's also part of one of the most long-running and successful racing franchises around. Is it a stripped down version of a retail game? Well yes, but it's a stripped down version of a...

21: Blackjack (DSiWare)

21: Blackjack (DSiWare)

Strong suit or bad bet?

The time has come for blackjack to take its place among solitaire and Texas Hold 'Em as a card game that can stand alone on the DSiWare service. The objective, as the name gives away, is to get as close to 21 as possible in card value without going over. We've already seen a couple versions of the game in two slightly lacklustre compilations, 7 Card Games and Clubhouse Games..

Adventure In Vegas: Slot Machine (DSiWare)

Adventure In Vegas: Slot Machine (DSiWare)

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

There's a reason slot machines are successful: they tease the player with the chance of winning it big. The idea that you can walk in to a casino with only a few pennies to your name and walk out a rich man has enticed people for decades, and the game remains a staple at nearly every casino in existence. Once...

Rytmik: Rock Edition (DSiWare)

Rytmik: Rock Edition (DSiWare)

Rock solid

The original Rytmik completely surpassed our expectations of what a portable music studio could do within the constraints of DSiWare. Now the follow-up Rytmik: Rock Edition is here with a very different sound and new features, but crucially more of the same surprising control and musical freedom. If you haven’t dabbled with Rytmik yet, it’s a music studio that lets you create your..

Gene Labs (DSiWare)

Gene Labs (DSiWare)

Not quite gene-ius

Every now and again a really great game comes down the pipe that is fun, engaging and exciting to play. Sometimes, as was the case with Ivy the Kiwi?, it even gets released on multiple platforms to accommodate those players who might not have one or the other. Unfortunately, sometimes the games that get released feel like shamefully stripped down and uninspired ports of other..

Sleep Clock: Record and Analyse Your Sleep Patterns (DSiWare)

Sleep Clock: Record and Analyse Your Sleep Patterns (DSiWare)

Barely awake

We've seen quite a few DSiWare applications from Nintendo, from stinkers such as Photo Clock to highly praised ones like Flipnote Studio. Now we have Sleep Clock, which works as both an alarm clock as well as a tool for recording your sleep patterns for analysis. Considering that the DSi already has a built-in alarm clock, is this...

Peg Solitaire (DSiWare)

Peg Solitaire (DSiWare)

Does it hit the peg on the head?

Many Americans will probably recognise Peg Solitaire as a variation on what's more commonly as “that weird little game they have at all the tables at Cracker Barrel," but in Europe, Peg Solitaire is just, well, Solitaire (while that one-player card game we're familiar with is known as Patience). So if you feel like you've been missing out all these years,..

GO Series: Let's Swing! (DSiWare)

GO Series: Let's Swing! (DSiWare)

Not exactly the king of the swingers

The GO Series will be a familiar sight to DSiWare gamers. First seeing release in the West back in September, the quirky series has been a hit among gamers with its emphasis on gameplay over graphics. So from 10 Second Run, Defence Wars and Pinball Attack, we now have Let's Swing, a take on the gymnastic sport high bar. There is only one basic mode ava

Paul's Shooting Adventure (DSiWare)

Paul's Shooting Adventure (DSiWare)

Nobody puts baby in a corner!

No two superhero babies develop just alike. Superman, for instance, was mostly helpless as an infant and couldn't even fly until he was sixteen years old. Franklin Richards, the son of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, could warp the very fabric of reality as a toddler. The Powerpuff Girls sprang into existence with an array of abilities, including flight. The..

Go! Go! Island Rescue! (DSiWare)

Go! Go! Island Rescue! (DSiWare)

Go! Go! Get this game!

Don't you hate it when you're on vacation at a beautiful island resort and everything suddenly bursts into flames? Then you're in your hotel, trying to escape the inferno, while everyone else is running around like a bunch of twonks who don't know how to take care of themselves? Finally, firefighters eventually rush in and pick up all of the other guests in the hotel and..

Mahjong (DSiWare)

Mahjong (DSiWare)

Pay the same, get less

Mahjong titles were strangely absent from all of Nintendo's download services for a long time, but this year there seems to have been a sudden explosion of them. This is about the fifth mahjong game we've had this year, so is there really anything new here? Probably the best of the previous offers has been Simply Mahjong. For 200 DSi Points, you got 150 different puzzle..

Armada (DSiWare)

Armada (DSiWare)

Air traffic, controlled!

Managing time can be difficult: work, school, cleaning the house or anything else that you are compelled to spend your time on are usually no-brainers. You gotta do what you gotta do, though, and in Armada you gotta guide various flying vehicles to land safely on aircraft carriers in the middle of the ocean. The core of the game has you tapping aircraft on the touchscreen..