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24/7 Solitaire (DSiWare)

24/7 Solitaire (DSiWare)

Solid solitaire

Relatively speaking, there's not too many solitaire picks available on DSiWare. Europe and North America each have two: one title created by Nintendo themselves is the only one shared, while North America has Digital Leisure's offering and Europe an Engine title. This new release has the most variety yet, not just offering about 30 variations of standard solitaire, but also a..

Maestro! Green Groove (DSiWare)

Maestro! Green Groove (DSiWare)

A medley of musical mayhem

We've already seen several companies break their past retail releases down into pieces and sell them off as individual DSiWare releases, so it really comes as no surprise to see Neko Entertainment following suit with their first DSiWare release Maestro! Green Groove. The good news is that this release comes from a game that was never released in the US and was made..

Hello Flowerz (DSiWare)

Hello Flowerz (DSiWare)

Hello averageness

There's a surprising lack of games on DSiWare that pretty much require you to play every day. Hello Flowerz seems to be the first, in fact. It does pretty much everything you'd expect from a flower-growing game: you have to take care of flowers by watering them, giving them fresh new soil every day and similar tasks. Each flower you own can be viewed up close so you can see..

Puffins: Let's Fish! (DSiWare)

Puffins: Let's Fish! (DSiWare)

Hungry hungry birdies

After a dreary first outing on DSiWare in the form of Puffins: Let's Roll!, Other Ocean has brought back the birds for more fish-chomping. Like Roll, Fish is pulled from the 2009 retail minigame compilation Puffins: Island Adventure. Let's Fish! is a maze game where you have to steer your little birdie around the depths of the ocean to gobble capelin while avoiding hazardous..

Legendary Wars: T-Rex Rumble (DSiWare)

Legendary Wars: T-Rex Rumble (DSiWare)

An archaeopter-mixed bag

To play Legendary Wars: T-Rex Rumble is to take your emotions for a ride. When you first see its great graphics and hear the fantastic sound design accompanied by a lighthearted sense of humour; when you play the first level and realise that you've learnt its somewhat complicated framework in an easy and enjoyable fashion; when you see that the world map is actually a neat..

Music On: Retro Keyboard (DSiWare)

Music On: Retro Keyboard (DSiWare)

A step up

We've already seen Abylight's Music On: Electronic Keyboard application for DSiWare, a decent but flawed attempt at putting a keyboard in your pocket. Now the company's back with Music On: Retro Keyboard, and although it shares the first game's finer features and faults it's a better buy overall. As with its predecessor, you're granted a two-octave keyboard that starts from C or F..

Face Pilot: Fly With Your Nintendo DSi Camera! (DSiWare)

Face Pilot: Fly With Your Nintendo DSi Camera! (DSiWare)

Soar spot

The 3DS will introduce a motion sensor to the machine's line-up of inputs, but the humble DSi has already been home to a few motion-detecting titles, with Face Pilot: Fly With Your Nintendo DSi Camera! the latest – and longest-named – of the lot. You've likely already surmised what to do, but here's a quick description. You play a...

Pocket Pack: Strategy Games (DSiWare)

Pocket Pack: Strategy Games (DSiWare)

Smart move

The previous entry in the Pocket Pack series, Words and Numbers, combined Sudoku, anagrams and more into a package that was perhaps too familiar to make much impact in the DSiWare ranks. Now the second compilation, titled Strategy Games, has arrived on DSiWare, and it's a far better combination than its predecessor. The five games on offer this time are Checkers (also known as Draughts),..

Combat of Giants: Mutant Insects - Revenge (DSiWare)

Combat of Giants: Mutant Insects - Revenge (DSiWare)

If only we could squish this game under our shoes

Ubisoft seems to love its Combat of Giants series. With three retail DS releases and two DSiWare adaptations based on two of those retail titles already available, it was quite obvious that they were going to go for the full set. The third and hopefully the last, Mutant Insects Revenge very unsurprisingly gives you control over giant mutated..

Mega Words (DSiWare)

Mega Words (DSiWare)

If by "mega" you mean "bland"

If it's simple word puzzles you want, then by golly, it's simple word puzzles you'll get with Mega Words. It'll put your vocabulary to the test across its three game types, sure, but in the most basic way possible. Anagrams plunks down a handful of tiles and asks you to create at least six words to advance, whereas in Scramble you're only tasked with spelling one..

Spin Six (DSiWare)

Spin Six (DSiWare)

Spin Six will have you spending your five

Suckers for Bejeweled-style puzzle games are in for a treat with Nintendo’s Spin Six, a game based off that game's fundamental design with a numerical twist. Like other puzzles games in the past, it’s a simple design with lots of replayability but the addicting puzzle mechanics and the cheerful...

Super Swap (DSiWare)

Super Swap (DSiWare)

Bejewel 'til you drool

For almost ten years, computerised jewels have had it rough. Countless gamers, cell phone owners and bored white collar workers have made it their mission to line them up in rows of matching colour and destroy them. Now with Super Swap, even more jewels risk losing their lives to the technological menace that is man. Players slide jewels and other shapes about with the..

A Kappa's Trail (DSiWare)

A Kappa's Trail (DSiWare)

A trail you may want to follow

A Kappa’s Trail is a bizarre game: you play as a little turtle/fish/sea creature and your objective is to escape the depths of the ocean to reach the land of the humans, but it’s a clever idea, and plays great in many areas where other DSiWare games seem to do the opposite. It’s a really neat and tidy game with...

16 Shot! Shooting Watch (DSiWare)

16 Shot! Shooting Watch (DSiWare)

Rhymes with "tap"

In one of bumbling cartoon father Homer Simpson's humorously ineffective attempts to please his children, he hands his son Bart a pen to click as an alternative to annoying his sister Lisa by purposely squeaking his chair. Of course, the clicking only makes things worse, but the coup de grace is when Homer proclaims, "Hey, that looks like fun!" and, taking another pen..

Don't Cross the Line (DSiWare)

Don't Cross the Line (DSiWare)

Simple fun when you're low on funds

If you've ever been a child, you've probably encountered your fair share of activity books. Within these collections of mazes, word searches and other such sources of momentary amusement, arguably the most forgettable of the bunch is the "don't cross the lines" puzzle. It's so underwhelming that if anyone's taken the time to give it a name, most (us..

Crazy Sudoku (DSiWare)

Crazy Sudoku (DSiWare)

It is indeed crazy that we're still getting Sudoku games on DSiWare

Counting this new release, there are now nine Sudoku games available on DSiWare in Europe. Some offer a little more than others, but all in all it tends to come down to the price and amount of puzzles available. Crazy Sudoku does well in both areas, but with so many other choices...

Flametail (DSiWare)

Flametail (DSiWare)

A nice piece of tail

Flametail began life as the "Square" bit of the rather unique WiiWare release MaBoShi: The Three Shape Arcade. Instead of a straight port of the game, the developers chose to not only give the game a nice little visual facelift but also a host of new gameplay twists and options to add to its depth. Oh, and it's (obviously) portable too, which is a great place for a..

Music On: Electronic Keyboard (DSiWare)

Music On: Electronic Keyboard (DSiWare)

Hits a few bum notes

The first in a new series of portable instruments from Abylight, Music On: Electronic Keyboard offers up a range of voices including pianos and clarinets, and accompanying styles, from reggae to polka, to create a simple musical keyboard you can access on the go. One of the first issues with a portable keyboard is space, and Electronic Keyboard's two-octave layout walks the..

Flips: The Folk of the Faraway Tree (DSiWare)

Flips: The Folk of the Faraway Tree (DSiWare)

A classic book revisited

Following the release of The Magic Faraway Tree, EA's Flips series continues with a digital version of The Folk of the Faraway Tree. As with other games in the Flips series, there are sound effects played when certain words are tapped and finding coloured mushrooms throughout the book unlocks some interesting projects, including how to make a sundial. If you get lost for..

Flips: The Magic Faraway Tree (DSiWare)

Flips: The Magic Faraway Tree (DSiWare)

Faraway but not over the hill

The latest in EA's Flips series of digital children's books, The Magic Faraway Tree is part of Enid Blyton's well-known Faraway Tree Stories, with other stories from the collection due to arrive in the coming weeks. As with other games in the Flips series, there are some interactive features to maintain your interest: collecting enough variously-coloured mushrooms..