DSiWare Reviews - Page 23

Photo Dojo (DSiWare)

Photo Dojo (DSiWare)

Well developed

We first played Photo Dojo back at Nintendo’s Media Summit in February, and in the hustle and bustle of the event it was a huge amount of fun. Now it’s out of the O2 and into the hands of gamers everywhere, it’s still a great deal of fun but its flaws are far more apparent. Photo Dojo is an extremely simplistic fighting game...

Drift Street International (DSiWare)

Drift Street International (DSiWare)

We thought of a drift racing pun but it slipped our minds

So far on DSiWare, puzzlers are bountiful, platformers becoming more so, and don't get us started on sudoku games, but the amount of decent racers can be counted on one chain-chomped hand. So when something as pretty as Tantalus Media's Drift Street International rolls up, our knuckles turn white with interest. It may not blow past the..

Game & Watch Judge (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Judge (DSiWare)

Judge quick, lest ye be bopped

The Game & Watch series was Nintendo's first real foray into the world of portable video gaming. Designed by Gunpei Yokoi, who would later mastermind the grey-brick Game Boy we all know and love, these handheld electronic games featured an LCD display, a tinny speaker, and just enough buttons to complete the main...

Game & Watch Chef (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Chef (DSiWare)

It's all fun and games until someone loses a sausage

The Game & Watch series was Nintendo's first real foray into the world of portable video gaming. Designed by Gunpei Yokoi, who would later mastermind the grey-brick Game Boy we all know and love, these handheld electronic games featured an LCD display, a tinny speaker, and just enough buttons to complete the main objective, which differed..

Flips: The Enchanted Wood (DSiWare)

Flips: The Enchanted Wood (DSiWare)

Now with stories from more well-known authors!

It almost looked as if EA was simply going to release all stories included in the retail title Flips: Too Ghoul for School on DSiWare, but that seems not to be the case. This third book is actually from Flips: Faraway Tree Stories, which did not include completely "new" stories, but rather old ones written in the mid-1900s by author Enid..

Libera Wing (DSiWare)

Libera Wing (DSiWare)

Seeing the world of tower defence from both sides

Tower defence games are getting increasingly popular with developers. It took WiiWare quite a while to get any, but DSiWare's already had three of them (although one is so far exclusive to North America). This latest addition to the sub-genre only really brings one new thing to the table: instead of exclusively defending, you get to be on the..

Game & Watch Mario's Cement Factory (DSiWare)

Game & Watch Mario's Cement Factory (DSiWare)

A blast from the past.

Before the days of Game Boys and DS systems, Nintendo manufactured a small portable game device called the Game & Watch. These electronic games featured LCD screens that featured specific movements that could be controlled via various buttons and d-pads on the units. While they didn't feature the same type of full range...

Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs - Fight for Survival (DSiWare)

Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs - Fight for Survival (DSiWare)

T-Rexes and Diplos and Toilets, oh my

Back in 2008, Ubisoft Quebec released Battle of Giants: Dinosaurs, a game aimed squarely at younger gamers in which you create your own dinosaur and use it to battle others. With the advent of the DSi and the popularity of smaller versions of retail titles on the DSi Shop, Ubisoft saw fit to release a stripped down version as DSiWare. Battle of Giants:..

Flashlight (DSiWare)

Flashlight (DSiWare)

Lights on, nobody's home

There can be no more baffling title on DSiWare than Flashlight, a collection of three different "utilities" for the DS's dual screens: it makes the reams of clocks and calculators look like gaming gold. First up is a flashlight function, that lets you light both screens in a range of colours. If you can think of a...

101 Minigolf World (DSiWare)

101 Minigolf World (DSiWare)

This putt-putt is below par

Though there are already two DSiWare games based on serious golfing, putt-putt (or crazy golf to our European chums! - Ed) has remained oddly under-represented – until now. Teyon has brought us yet another DSiWare game almost straight from the PC: 101 MiniGolf World, featuring over 100 different holes to play, tons of...

Simply Sudoku (DSiWare)

Simply Sudoku (DSiWare)

200 Points + 150 puzzles = 10/10?

Let’s face facts here: anyone after a Sudoku game on DSiWare is likely to have bought one by now, but Engine Software has thrown its hat into the ring with Simply Sudoku, a truly barebones package. There’s three different difficulties with fifty puzzles per difficulty, which even if your maths isn’t good enough to solve a Sudoku should convince you you’re..

Car Jack Streets (DSiWare)

Car Jack Streets (DSiWare)

A fun, if flawed, take on the open world crime game

Rockstar proved last year that an open world game could work very nicely on the DS with the excellent Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. But that was a full-on retail cartridge; how about the download realm, where size limitations are much more strict? Tag Games has taken a stab with Car Jack...

Simply Mahjong (DSiWare)

Simply Mahjong (DSiWare)

Simply, mahjong

Although moderately popular around the world, no real effort is usually made to release mahjong-based video games in the west. Only recently did the Wii finally get two downloadable ones, and now it's DSiWare's turn. As the title hints, this game consists of mahjong and mahjong only. In particular, it's the game type that is also known as "shanghai" or "mahjong..

4 TRAVELLERS: Play Spanish (DSiWare)

4 TRAVELLERS: Play Spanish (DSiWare)

Demasiado aburrido para las palabras

Playing board games on a long trip is hard when the pieces tend to go flying at every pothole. Agenius Interactive's 4 TRAVELLERS – Play Spanish, however, promises travel-friendly fun for all ages as you learn over 240 different words in Spanish. By studying via the two quiz modes and playing the board game against friends or the CPU, the words you'll pick up..

Elemental Masters (DSiWare)

Elemental Masters (DSiWare)

Not one for the snotlings

German developer lbxgames, a newcomer to the Nintendo scene, has thrown their hat into the DSiWare ring with Elemental Masters, a card-based fantasy game set in the mystical land of Elendior. A great demon is rumored to have arisen from the dead in order to continue his initial goal of spreading death and destruction across...

Flips: The Bubonic Builders (DSiWare)

Flips: The Bubonic Builders (DSiWare)

More of the same

The first Flips story on DSiWare was a fairly decent reading experience for young kids, so it should come as no surprise that this second one provides more of the same. Just like Terror in Cubicle Four, The Bubonic Builders is one single story taken from the retail "game," Flips: Too Ghoul For School, which contained eight stories in all. Unexpectedly, it uses the exact..

Globulos Party (DSiWare)

Globulos Party (DSiWare)

Shoot glob at target. Repeat. Wipe hands on pants.

Since 2000, GlobZ has specialized in browser-based webgames, the most innovative of which being Globulos, an award-winning set of adorable multiplayer minigames pitting you against opponents from across the internets. As DSiWare, Globulos Party has received similar acclaim, featuring not just a one-system multiplayer option, but also DS Download..

Real Football 2010 (DSiWare)

Real Football 2010 (DSiWare)

Slick as a parrot

With last year’s successful Real Football 2009 under its belt, Gameloft has dusted off its downloadable footballing franchise and slapped a new number on the end. Taking the control systems and fast, arcade-style gameplay from its predecessor and polishing it up, RF2010 is at once the definitive football game on DS and a real letdown. Make no mistake: this is some of the finest..

VT Tennis (DSiWare)

VT Tennis (DSiWare)

Don't get court out

You'd think developers would be racing to bring a MotionPlus-capable tennis game to WiiWare at the moment, especially after Wii Sports Resort didn't include a new version (unless ping-pong is enough to satisfy you). However, Virtual Toys has decided to skip the Wii Shop for now and release their new VT Tennis as DSiWare, offering stylus controls, seventeen different courts on..

Dracula: Undead Awakening (DSiWare)

Dracula: Undead Awakening (DSiWare)

Pretty much exactly the same, but cheaper

Seeing the same game released on both WiiWare and DSiWare is pretty strange. Both being released in the same week is even more strange. But the fact that both games are also nigh-on identical just tops the weirdness scale. Again, you play as a Van Helsing look-a-like running around a large arena of sorts,...