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Where's Wally? Travel Pack 3 (DSiWare)

Where's Wally? Travel Pack 3 (DSiWare)

Go find something else

Over the last two weeks, Ludia has brought their video game adaptation of the highly successful Where's Wally? book series to DSiWare in Europe, cutting down their game Where's Waldo? The Fantastic Journey into three episodes. We didn't exactly think too highly of Where's Wally? Travel Pack 1 and Travel Pack 2, and, expectedly, the same can be said of Travel Pack 3..

My Exotic Farm (DSiWare)

My Exotic Farm (DSiWare)

Cleaning up animal excrement just got a whole lot more exotic

If My Exotic Farm teaches us anything, it's that picking up animal poop isn't any more fun in Africa than it is in America. And yet, it isn't any less fun either. So while it may simply be My Farm with a new lick of paint, My Exotic Farm still may be worth a look for those who missed out...

Where's Wally? Travel Pack 2 (DSiWare)

Where's Wally? Travel Pack 2 (DSiWare)

Not a stripe has changed

Last week, we saw Ludia’s attempt at bringing the highly popular Where’s Wally series to DSiWare with Where’s Wally? Travel Pack 1 in Europe, a version of the full DS title Where’s Waldo? The Fantastic Journey. While it proved to be fun at times, the game’s downloadable release has forced it to be cut down into episodic format so as to fit the service's space..

GO Series: 10 Second Run (DSiWare)

GO Series: 10 Second Run (DSiWare)

More than ten seconds of fun

With the GO Series, Gamebridge is attempting to give once Japan-exclusive DSiWare a chance elsewhere in the world. Their first pick for release in Europe is 10 Second Run, a very simple little title which greatly resembles something one would expect to find online as Flash game. That's not a bad thing, though. The...

Cosmos X2 (DSiWare)

Cosmos X2 (DSiWare)

Perhaps a bit too old-school for some

Shoot 'em ups have evolved quite a bit since their humble beginning in arcades back in the early 80's, taking on a much more maniacal pacing and intensity in recent years. While we've already seen Metal Torrent offer a more modern shooting experience on the DSiWare service, Cosmos X2 takes a slightly different approach and brings a more classic variation for..

Music On: Learning Piano (DSiWare)

Music On: Learning Piano (DSiWare)

Ode to Joy or odious toy?

If Music On: Learning Piano was the last source of piano-playing knowledge on Earth, the art wouldn't be lost forever. That said, it doesn't offer instruction in the traditional sense like Art Academy does. The game includes no nutty professor or girl next door to teach you how to read sheet music or enlighten you with musical theory. Heck, there isn't even a platonic best..

Where's Wally? Travel Pack 1 (DSiWare)

Where's Wally? Travel Pack 1 (DSiWare)

Find him at your own risk

Where's Wally, known in the United States as Where's Waldo, has quite a history. Originally released in 1987 as a seek-and-find activity book, it soon became an international hit, spawning many sequels, a comic strip, a TV series and a number of video games. Over a decade had passed between the last virtual excursion and Ludia's full retail release of Where's Waldo? The..

G.G Series: Ninja Karakuri Den (DSiWare)

G.G Series: Ninja Karakuri Den (DSiWare)

A good time that will leave you wanting more

After quite a few Japanese DSiWare downloads and a retail cartridge, the inexpensive G.G Series finally leaves Japan with the release of G.G Series: Ninja Karakuri Den. The complete lack of a storyline may make this adventure seem odd, but it is a fun play nonetheless; reminiscent of old releases such as...

Absolute Reversi (DSiWare)

Absolute Reversi (DSiWare)

A board game that won't make you a bored gamer

Handheld editions of classic board games are typically not anticipated with much excitement, in part because there's a certain coldness about playing them against a computer. Not all are completely contingent upon human interaction, but beating a faceless opponent is distinctly less satisfying than defeating, say, your know-it-all, snot-faced cousin..

My Farm (DSiWare)

My Farm (DSiWare)

Prize poultry or pig's ear?

Life is a long road, and My Farm knows it. It began as a PC game called My Farm Around the World and was then ported to the Nintendo DS. The European release in November 2008 was largely unnoticed by the media, but generated respectable sales, and it made its way to North America in May 2009. Now a slice of the original...

3D Mahjong (DSiWare)

3D Mahjong (DSiWare)

Taking Mahjong to a whole new dimension

After countless versions on almost every gaming platform, the DSiWare service gets yet another reincarnation of the ancient Chinese tile matching game in 3D Mahjong. Fully equipped with a variety of play modes and 3D rendered game boards, this new title brings the classic game of Mahjong Solitaire to the table without forcing too much on the player. The..

Divergent Shift (DSiWare)

Divergent Shift (DSiWare)

Deterrent or gift?

We've already seen Chronos Twins present the dual-screen platforming experience on DSiWare, but Intrinsic Games now looks to put a slightly different spin on the idea. While their title's mechanics are similar in some ways, Divergent Shift tends to put a bit more emphasis on the actual platforming aspects of the game and less on puzzle solving. As with most platformers, your goal..

myNotebook: Carbon, Pearl and Tan (DSiWare)

myNotebook: Carbon, Pearl and Tan (DSiWare)

Nnooo means yes

The popular myNotebook in Red, Green or Blue is a cheap and useful application that gives DSi owners another reason to carry the machine wherever they go. So how does the new myNotebook: Carbon, Pearl and Tan – reviewed here in Carbon – improve on the original? While the original versions had 32 pages, the new version has 128...

Absolute Chess (DSiWare)

Absolute Chess (DSiWare)

Absolutely Chess, but with annoying extras

It’s hard to imagine that there’s a wrong was to make a video game based on a board game that has been around for thousands of years, but Tasuke manages to find some ways to mess with the classic formula. While Absolute Chess is simply a video game in which you play chess, it also contains with a few...

TURN: The Lost Artifact (DSiWare)

TURN: The Lost Artifact (DSiWare)

And twist, and twist

TURN: The Lost Artifact is a puzzle game in which you lead your characters through mazes by rotating the room 90 degrees. The heroes of the story are Kurt and Camilla, a treasure hunting duo whose latest mission is to find an ancient artifact of unspecified origin and powers. The setting is based on the legendary adventurers of...

Did It Myself ABC123 (DSiWare)

Did It Myself ABC123 (DSiWare)

Baby boon

Toddlers: they're everywhere. Don't believe us? Next time you're on a busy street, just play a little game that we like to call "Spot the Toddler". Some estimate that about 130 million babies are born every year, making them more popular than iPods! But these trendy tots are more than just a fashion statement. They need food,...

Rhythm Core Alpha (DSiWare)

Rhythm Core Alpha (DSiWare)

Catchy beat or sour note?

We've seen a wide variety of music creations applications released for computers over the years, ranging from simple point-and-click programs that anyone can use to high-end music creation tools for professional musicians. With the release of Rhythm Core Alpha, developer SoftEgg is aiming for somewhere in the middle of this range. While the application certainly packs some..

Match Up! (DSiWare)

Match Up! (DSiWare)

Fun but forgettable

Since time immemorial, man has sought to sort his symbols by shape and colour. While we may take for granted our efficacy at this essential task, things would be a lot more disorganised without the work of scientists like the moustachioed Professor Lexis. Now, for the first time, Digital Leisure gives us an inside look at his laboratory. Welcome to the exciting field of putting..

BlayzBloo: Super Melee Action Battle Royale (DSiWare)

BlayzBloo: Super Melee Action Battle Royale (DSiWare)

A royale pain

Arc System Works' BlazBlue fighting games, with their unique anime-style visuals and enjoyable fighting engines, have become quite popular among fans of the genre. Of course, this makes it all the more confusing to see them take such a high-quality series and dumb it down for their DSiWare spinoff release BlayzBloo: Super Melee Action...

Petz Dogz Family (DSiWare)

Petz Dogz Family (DSiWare)

Ruff!

Dogs are widely considered to be a great friend of man – in fact, some would go so far as to call the species man's best friend. Known for their obedience and constant attention, they make a perfect model for a virtual pet. It's no coincidence then that Petz Dogz Family is the best of the DSiWare series. Like its feline and rodent...