DSiWare Reviews - Page 25

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..

Let's Golf! (DSiWare)

Let's Golf! (DSiWare)

Par for the course

On DSiWare, we very recently saw the release of A Little Bit of... Nintendo Touch Golf (Or True Swing Golf Express in North America), a slightly cut-down version of the retail game bearing the same name. We thought it was very competent, and as such felt that the "golf game" gap on the service had been filled. But here we are, not much later, reviewing Gameloft's..

Oscar in Movieland (DSiWare)

Oscar in Movieland (DSiWare)

Cut, cut, cut

Oscar in Movieland was originally released for Amiga computers in 1993 under the name Oscar. While its predecessor, Oscar in Toyland, was centered around Troll dolls back in the day and later shoehorned the character into the game when developer Flair lost the license, Movieland was the first straight-up Oscar game. Like Toyland, this is essentially a platforming scavenger hunt. In..

Link 'n' Launch (DSiWare)

Link 'n' Launch (DSiWare)

We have liftoff!

If it's one thing Intelligent Systems has become well known for over the years, it's their diverse game development. While they've had their hands in quite a few of Nintendo's biggest selling hits over the years, it's their Advance Wars and Paper Mario series that tend to stick out in most people's minds. Now, they've decided to try something a little different with their newest..

Fieldrunners (DSiWare)

Fieldrunners (DSiWare)

Run to the hills

There once was a time when the tower defence genre was so niche that, shock and awe, there weren’t these types of games released somewhere every week. In case you haven’t overindulged on the genre, Subatomic Studios’ Fieldrunners would like your attention, please. No, don’t leave, it’s good! Originally released on Apple’s App Store back in October 2008, it was (and..

Extreme Hangman (DSiWare)

Extreme Hangman (DSiWare)

Less violence, more vocabulary

With all the sudoku games that have hit the DSi Shop since the service launched last April, it's nice to occasionally see a pen-and-paper puzzle game for DSiWare that doesn't involve numbers. In Extreme Hangman, Gamelion has taken the time-honored word-guessing game and turned it into something a little more interesting. Where before you were merely hoping to save..

Sudoku 4Pockets (DSiWare)

Sudoku 4Pockets (DSiWare)

Time to dig out your sudoku dictionary

Since 2002, the aptly-named 4Pockets.com has been creating applications and casual games for pocket PCs and smartphones, including Breakout clones, jigsaw puzzles, pinball games, and of course, sudoku. Their version of the ever-popular puzzle game has received a slight makeover and a cute Japanese doll-shaped...

Snakenoid (DSiWare)

Snakenoid (DSiWare)

Combining two classics into one disaster

Cinemax's last DSiWare game wasn't too hot, so we didn't exactly have high hopes for their second effort. It looks like our assumptions were correct, because although it borrows heavily from classics Arkanoid and Snake, it just doesn't work. How does one combine Arkanoid and Snake, you ask? Simple: by taking...

Downtown Texas Hold 'Em (DSiWare)

Downtown Texas Hold 'Em (DSiWare)

One step forward, two steps back.

We've already seen a host of card games released on DSiWare so far and Texas Hold'em seems to be the hot new card game to get. Hudson recently released its High Stakes Texas Hold'em onto the service to rather mediocre reviews and now EA is serving up its version of the game with the release of Downtown Texas Hold 'Em. There are basically three modes of play to..

5 in 1 Solitaire (DSiWare)

5 in 1 Solitaire (DSiWare)

Five games for the price of two

So far, Digital Leisure hasn't done the greatest job of bringing public-domain games to WiiWare or DSiWare. Sudoku Challenge wasn't challenging in quite the right way, and Word Searcher only worked on DSiWare because word searches were meant to be portable to begin with. The interfaces seemed a bit rushed and bare-bones, and the games themselves weren't anything..

Legends of Exidia (DSiWare)

Legends of Exidia (DSiWare)

DSiWare's first RPG doesn't set the bar too high, but it's still quite enjoyable

It's a bit odd that we haven't seen any DSiWare RPGs until now. You'd think that with the service's portable nature and the genre’s wealth of retail releases, it would be a perfect fit. Apparently developers think otherwise! Gameloft is known for their frequent porting of games, and Legends of Exidia is no exception..

AiRace: Tunnel (DSiWare)

AiRace: Tunnel (DSiWare)

All I wanna do is zomma-zoom-zoom

Flight games are a rare breed on DSiWare. There’s Thorium Wars and, uh, we suppose Paper Plane, and now QubicGames has entered the not-so-crowded field with the neat AiRace: Tunnel. It’s more Paper Plane than Thorium Wars since the focus is on navigating an obstacle course/tunnel as far as you can instead of...

Escapee GO! (DSiWare)

Escapee GO! (DSiWare)

A must for maze mavens.

Gevo Entertainment didn't have the greatest luck with WiiWare, but they've turned things around for their debut DSiWare release, going from a brightly colored, child-centric theme to something more dark and mysterious. In Escapee GO!, you play as Claire, a girl who has been locked up in an insane asylum by the mysterious "Company". All of her memories are gone save..

Chronos Twins (DSiWare)

Chronos Twins (DSiWare)

Double the fun, half the price.

Quick history lesson: Chronos Twins began life as a Game Boy Advance title that was later ported over to the DS. While the game saw release in the UK, it was unable to land a North American publisher – poor UK sales didn't help matters. The game was released on WiiWare and now, only one week later, the DS version is...

Dark Void Zero (DSiWare)

Dark Void Zero (DSiWare)

More 8-bit retro goodness

We've already seen Capcom enjoy success on WiiWare with their retro-infused Mega Man 9 release. Now it seems they're trying to show DSiWare the same retro love with Dark Void Zero. Of course now the question is, does the game live up to the lofty standards the company has already put in place with Mega Man 9? Dark Void Zero...