DSiWare Reviews - Page 24

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,...

Zoo Frenzy (DSiWare)

Zoo Frenzy (DSiWare)

Another odd mix of different genres from Gameloft

Gameloft is rather fond of porting their back catalogue to Nintendo's download services. This time, however, it seems that they've created an entirely new game specifically for DSiWare. An odd mixture of simulation and strategy, with some light RPG elements thrown in for good measure. The premise is...

Aura-Aura Climber (DSiWare)

Aura-Aura Climber (DSiWare)

A shining beacon of arcade-style fun

It's not easy being a star, having to worry about losing your place in the night sky. Aura-Aura has slipped and fallen from the heavens, crashing into the Earth far, far below, and you'll be helping him to resume his place in outer space in Aura-Aura Climber, Nintendo's own latest offering for DSiWare. By now,...

Faceez (DSiWare)

Faceez (DSiWare)

Fun with friends

The DSi has been getting some love lately in terms of games that take advantage of its onboard cameras, but applications geared toward straight-up photo manipulation are still somewhat sparse. Neko Entertainment has come forward to help fill the gap with Faceez, a quirky little application promising plenty of ways for you to customise photos of faces taken with the DSi cameras,..

Flipper (DSiWare)

Flipper (DSiWare)

Will it really make you flip?

What began life as a mere tech demo for its creator's Voxel 3D engine somehow turned into a fairly hyped up DSiWare release that's gotten quite a bit of attention since it was announced last year. Not only that, but the game has undergone a major visual overhaul during the course of its development. The ultimate goal in...

Flips: Terror in Cubicle Four (DSiWare)

Flips: Terror in Cubicle Four (DSiWare)

Reading fun for the young kids

Digital books seem like a pretty obvious thing to sell for just about any handheld. Strangely enough, we didn't really see any notable ones on the DS until 2008 when Nintendo released their 100 Classic Book Collection. At the end of 2009, EA released a set of five Flips games, each featuring a number of decently sized stories to read on your DS. Terror in Cubicle Four..

Puzzle to Go Wildlife (DSiWare)

Puzzle to Go Wildlife (DSiWare)

Puzzling

DSiWare's got more than enough puzzle games already, so we can't say it was unexpected that the service has now finally gotten one based on the traditional definition of the word. Based on nothing more and nothing less than jigsaw puzzles, all you'll be doing here is dragging around pieces of a puzzle in an effort to snap them all together and form a picture of an animal. It works quite..

Flight Control (DSiWare)

Flight Control (DSiWare)

Up in the air

Already available on the iPhone, Flight Control puts you in one of the world’s most stressful jobs: air traffic controller. Charged with landing all flights safely, you have to plot a path for each incoming aircraft towards its designated landing zone, naturally making sure to avoid collisions. What begins as a straightforward exercise in drawing lines soon becomes an intense..

Scrabble Classic (DSiWare)

Scrabble Classic (DSiWare)

Words in your pants

Scrabble has been kicking around as a DS release for almost a year now, but plopping down full price for a board game adaptation that you might only play every once in a while is kind of a tough pill to swallow for a lot of people. This DSiWare release, while reduced in both price and features, is a good alternative for wordsmiths but goes down a little more bitter than we’d..

Prehistorik Man (DSiWare)

Prehistorik Man (DSiWare)

A real dinosaur

Originally released for DOS as Prehistorik 2, Prehistorik Man has seen ports to the Game Boy, SNES, and GBA already, and it seems the GBA version has been ported to DSiWare this time around. In each version, the story is the same — hungry dinosaurs have snuck into a prehistoric village in the dead of night and eaten all the villagers' stored food. You play as Sam, who has been..

Spotto! (DSiWare)

Spotto! (DSiWare)

Boom boom pow

When it comes to downloadable game output, Intelligent Systems is on a roll. They’ve launched us to the moon, single-handedly blasted pollution into nothingness and took a few turns around some dragon war. Now they’ve got us chucking bombs into the mouths of ghosts in Spotto! And while it may be their smallest effort yet, it manages to stand tall among the rest of DSiWare’s..

Spaceball: Revolution (DSiWare)

Spaceball: Revolution (DSiWare)

The same sphere-shooting fun, now in the palm of your hand

Last year, Virtual Toys brought Spaceball: Revolution to the Wii Shop, an arcade-style puzzle game that had you firing at a grid to copy patterns. Now that it's hit the DSi Shop, this puzzler has brought the same unique experience to a handheld system. Challenge Mode is where you’ll find the meat of the game, and you'll find yourself..