DSiWare Reviews - Page 26

Jazzy Billiards (DSiWare)

Jazzy Billiards (DSiWare)

Every day I'm hustling

Out of the entire spectrum of bar games to make the digital jump, billiards is second only to poker in delivering really fun interpretations, like Virtual Pool on PC. What makes that series great is a total understanding of why billiards is fun and how to translate that into mechanics that feel more like skill than luck. Arc...

Move Your Brain: Rollway Puzzle (DSiWare)

Move Your Brain: Rollway Puzzle (DSiWare)

Tilting fun on a DSi

Move Your Brain: Rollway Puzzle certainly is a brave title. It dares make use of the DSi camera extensively – the last title to do that was Nintendo’s own WarioWare Snapped! and the result was a game that didn’t really work in a lot of lighting situations. The game is based on a maze of 3D platforms, the job of the player...

Sokomania (DSiWare)

Sokomania (DSiWare)

A budget title in more ways than one.

When Cinemax first announced their plans to bring the classic Sokoban puzzle to DSiWare, we were somewhat excited – especially with the price being set at a measly 200 points. But unfortunately, in this case, this has also resulted in the game itself not offering much content. The game starts with pretty sloppy presentation. After a few logos and the..

Animal Puzzle Adventure (DSiWare)

Animal Puzzle Adventure (DSiWare)

Puppies and kittens and piglets, oh my

Aksys Games makes most of their living by translating and localising Japanese games for Western markets. Their choices for WiiWare offerings, at least, haven't been great so far, but they've now graced the DSi Shop with partner developer Arc System Works' Animal Puzzle Adventure (formerly Chiria no Doubutsu

The Oregon Trail (DSiWare)

The Oregon Trail (DSiWare)

The most fun you can have with dysentery

For whatever reason, The Oregon Trail in its various incarnations, whether on DOS or an Apple II, holds a special place in the hearts of American gamers. Maybe it's because of the balanced risk/reward system and simple resource management. But more likely it's because The Oregon Trail was one of the few...

Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever (DSiWare)

Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever (DSiWare)

Pure bred or pure mutt?

Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever is a curious title: it's unashamed of its Nintendogs roots, but rather than simply following the leader of the pack it earnestly tries to make its own mark. It's a virtual pet sim, focused on raising a small pack of puppies and training them for various competitions. The game is set in a small town where the player has their own humble abode..

Glow Artisan (DSiWare)

Glow Artisan (DSiWare)

Puzzle fans will take a shine to this one.

Proudly located in the Big Apple, Powerhead Games is an independent game developing company that previously focused their talents on licensed titles published by bigger companies, including games under the Catz, Trollz, Mary Kate and Ashley, and Winx Club names. They pitched their very first original game...

Arcade Hoops Basketball (DSiWare)

Arcade Hoops Basketball (DSiWare)

Flick and swish

Arcade Hoops Basketball is a simple beast. Odds are you've played it's real-life counterpart before, too. No, not basketball. Have you been to a fair? Theme park? Arcade? Large movie theater? It's the one where you have to chuck a ball through the hoop as many times as possible before time runs out and you may or may not win a cheap prize. Being a simple beast, it doesn't strive to..

Sudoku Sensei (DSiWare)

Sudoku Sensei (DSiWare)

Beginners beware

This past summer, sudoku-holics were blessed with Hudson's Sudoku Student and Sudoku Master, which brought hand-crafted puzzles straight from Nikoli to the DSi Shop. However, where Student was for beginners and Master had a little bit of something for everyone, Sensei brings the pain with 100 of Nikoli's hardest puzzles to tantalize...

Hot and Cold: A 3D Hidden Object Adventure (DSiWare)

Hot and Cold: A 3D Hidden Object Adventure (DSiWare)

Will it light your fire or stink on ice?

"Find the Hidden Object" games used to be the realm of books and magazine puzzles, but recently computer and video game versions have become more and more popular. This past Monday Majesco Entertainment made their DSi Shop debut with Hot and Cold: A 3D Hidden Object Adventure, where they take the basic idea and turn it into something a little more..

High Stakes Texas Hold'em (DSiWare)

High Stakes Texas Hold'em (DSiWare)

No more, no less

With the influx of card and parlor game adaptations hitting DSiWare, it’s odd to see that poker, arguably the most popular competitive card game in town, is so underrepresented. Seeing this gap, Hudson has leaped in with High Stakes Texas Hold ‘Em, doing exactly what it says on the tin. The whole package couldn’t be more basic. You take on three computer opponents in..

Dragon's Lair (DSiWare)

Dragon's Lair (DSiWare)

Dragon slaying for people on the go!

In 1983, former Disney animator Don Bluth decided to create a video game using his stunning animation talents. Instead of the regular sprite-based games normally found in arcades, Dragon's Lair created a vivid world through some of the best animation of the time. Of course in order to store all of this animation, Laserdisc technology had to be used. While this..

A Little Bit of... Magic Made Fun: Psychic Camera (DSiWare)

A Little Bit of... Magic Made Fun: Psychic Camera (DSiWare)

It doesn't take a psychic to figure out this isn't worth your time.

Although Nintendo started off by releasing a few tricks directly taken from the retail game Master of Illusion/Magic Made Fun, they've also developed a few new ones that take advantage of the DSi's single big new feature — the camera. This particular trick will allow you to take a...

Starship Patrol (DSiWare)

Starship Patrol (DSiWare)

Q Games has another hit on its hands.

Tower defence games haven't exactly been a popular genre for long, but they're already starting to become boring to most. After all, fending off endless waves of enemies by strategically placing turrets is fun the first time, but any more than that and it might start to get annoying quite quickly. With Starship...

Miami Nights: Life in the Spotlight (DSiWare)

Miami Nights: Life in the Spotlight (DSiWare)

If only fame were this easy

Sometimes a game’s theme song tells you everything you need to know about what you’re about to get yourself into. For Gameloft’s Miami Nights: Life in the Spotlight, it’s a circa-1996 MIDI instrumental tune that sounds suspiciously like Reel 2 Reel’s “I Like To Move It,” a senseless dance song so shallow and perpetually eager to party that it has since..

Bejeweled Twist (DSiWare)

Bejeweled Twist (DSiWare)

Spin me right round, baby

How do you change the formula on arguably the most important puzzle game since Tetris while staying true to what made it fun in the first place? Why, with a twist! Bejeweled Twist is the third entry in the hugely popular gem-matching series, and with it comes a whole slew of gameplay additions and changes. Instead of...

Hell's Kitchen VS (DSiWare)

Hell's Kitchen VS (DSiWare)

Dog's dinner

Cooking games are ten-a-penny on DS, and it's all Cooking Mama's fault. See, if she hadn't started off getting youngsters interested in preparing food we never would have wound up here, reviewing Hell's Kitchen VS on DSiWare, and for that Ms Mama can never be forgiven. Based on the TV series featuring acerbic chef extraordinaire Gordon Ramsay, Hell's Kitchen VS sees you race to prepare..

Littlest Pet Shop (DSiWare)

Littlest Pet Shop (DSiWare)

With seven different DS releases to choose from, was this really necessary?

Along with My Little Pony, Polly Pocket, Strawberry Shortcake and a whole host of other toys that now-twenty-something females grew up playing with, Hasbro's Littlest Pet Shop has been given a makeover and revived for the enjoyment of today's generation. Originally released back in the early 1990's, the line of toys..

Rayman (DSiWare)

Rayman (DSiWare)

Rayman's first adventure, now with added warts

You don’t see a lot of Rayman any more. While technically he has his name on a few prominent Wii minigame compilations, Rayman has since been cast out of his own spinoff series by the Rabbids. But now he’s back, sort of, as Ubisoft has unleashed the limbless freak’s first outing on DSiWare. It...

Ball Fighter (DSiWare)

Ball Fighter (DSiWare)

You'll handle them like a pro in no time.

Puzzlers featuring the familiar format of clearing out a wave of blocks, shapes, jewels, tetrominoes, bits and who knows what else have graced every gaming console known to man. As a species, we seem to be helplessly attracted to the idea of removing things before they pile up too far or reach the end of the line. Thankfully, the DSi Shop has already been..