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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...

Crystal Monsters (DSiWare)

Crystal Monsters (DSiWare)

You don't want these monsters in your pocket, but they're still fun to have around

It's usually clear within the first few minutes of playing a new Gameloft game which franchise it's been "inspired" by. Not breaking tradition, the same holds true here, with Gameloft's latest bearing a very strong resemblance to none other than the Pokémon...

Hints Hunter (DSiWare)

Hints Hunter (DSiWare)

Sigh borg

Playing Hints Hunter is a lot like browsing through a book of carpet samples: there may be a lot of them, but it won't take you very long before you've moved on from one to the next. Also, sometimes you come across a really difficult square right in the middle of some comparatively easy ones. Plus there are cartoon robots. Ok, maybe it's...

Puffins: Let's Race! (DSiWare)

Puffins: Let's Race! (DSiWare)

Watch out for that treeeeeeeeeeeeee

Parsing the retail release Puffins: Island Adventure and putting the bits on DSiWare has proven to be a mixed bag so far. The first time around brought the underwhelming and frustratingly controlled Let's Roll!, and follow-up Let's Fish! turned out to be slightly better. So is the third time the charm? In short,...

Absolute Brickbuster (DSiWare)

Absolute Brickbuster (DSiWare)

Bustin' used to make me feel good

Absolute Brickbuster is not an easy game to review. For starters, it gives a reviewer so little to work with: it snuggles itself into the cozy framework of other, better-known brick breakers, and falls asleep before it thinks to introduce anything new. That doesn't make it a bad game, but neither does it make it particularly good. No aspect of the game really..

Petz Hamsterz Family (DSiWare)

Petz Hamsterz Family (DSiWare)

This time, you won't be so sad when your dad accidentally steps on it

The hamster is largely considered a cute and desirable pet, even in spite of its often curmudgeonly temperament and stinky, difficult to clean cage. They're a lot more fun to watch than they are to play with, which means that it shouldn't be difficult for Petz Hamsterz Family to...

Crazy Pinball (DSiWare)

Crazy Pinball (DSiWare)

The only thing crazy is that nothing about this game is crazy

There aren't many pinball games on DSiWare. We have no clue why: they're pretty much perfectly suited to digital distribution. dtp Entertainment has given us Crazy Pinball, the second pinball title available, and its name seems to imply that it is quite crazy indeed. Upon first booting it...