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Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 3 (DSiWare)

Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 3 (DSiWare)

Ho! Ho! Oh…

The festive season is almost upon us, so that means presents, sparkly lights, too much food to eat and another entry in the Just Sing! series. Just Sing! Christmas Vol. 3 has arrived, the third festive entry in DTP Entertainment’s karaoke franchise. As this particular set of games is now in its third year we can look forward to some...

Come On! Heroes (DSiWare)

Come On! Heroes (DSiWare)

Arrowsmith

Hot on the heels of the similarly named Castle Conqueror - Heroes comes CIRCLE Entertainment's Come On! Heroes. It's similar in title only, however, as the gameplay and presentation hearken most closely back to the first Castle Conqueror game. This isn't a bad thing but, unfortunately, a lack of variety really lets this release down...

Escape Trick: Convenience Store (DSiWare)

Escape Trick: Convenience Store (DSiWare)

Convenience snore

We've already seen two Escape Trick releases on DSiWare, each taking place in a unique environment ranging from a musty prison to a oriental-themed castle. And while the games feature a point-and-click gameplay system that would seem to fit the DS touch screen quite perfectly, the execution in both titles has been severely lacking. Now Intense Co. is going for a third outing and..

The Aquarium of Luck (DSiWare)

The Aquarium of Luck (DSiWare)

Not so lucky

One genre that has seen plenty of releases on the DS family of consoles is that of pet simulation: all the fun of owning an animal without the expense, smells and responsibility. Next in line via DSiWare is The Aquarium of Luck, bringing the job of fish ownership to two screens. The title itself is strange, and we’d advise young...

Bloons TD (DSiWare)

Bloons TD (DSiWare)

Full of hot air?

There are few things more terrifying than sentient balloons. Just close your eyes and picture them: living, moving latex orbs, floating down a path in your direction. Such is the basic premise of Bloons TD, which takes the charming, monkey-populated world of puzzler Bloons and moulds it to a tower defence formula. And, like its...

Castle Conqueror - Heroes (DSiWare)

Castle Conqueror - Heroes (DSiWare)

We can beat them, for ever and ever

About a year ago, Circle Entertainment released Castle Conqueror, a quirky and simple RTS that was also very addictive and fun. If we had any real complaints about it, it was that the charming simplicity somewhat prevented it from achieving any substantial depth. It was an excellent experience, but it felt as...

House, M.D. - Episode 4: Crashed (DSiWare)

House, M.D. - Episode 4: Crashed (DSiWare)

Crash and burn

Dr. Gregory House is back this month with yet another instalment of House M.D. If you’ve played the previous games in the series, then you know exactly what to expect from this one. If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience any of these games, then feel free to continue reading. You’re in for a real treat. Like the previous three episodes, this game features an all..

Rytmik Retrobits (DSiWare)

Rytmik Retrobits (DSiWare)

Bits of class

The original Rytmik sounded better than any DSiWare music studio deserved to, but follow-up Rytmik: Rock Edition fell a little short in offering a big stadium rock sound through Nintendo's little handheld. Keen to keep offering melody creation tools on DSiWare while embracing its limitations, Cinemax has now put together Rytmik:...

Halloween: Trick or Treat (DSiWare)

Halloween: Trick or Treat (DSiWare)

It's the Great Disappointment, Charlie Brown!

Holiday-specific games are nothing new to Nintendo's download services, but developers just don't seem interested in providing much for your money. Just take a look at the scores for Happy Holidays: Halloween, Happy Holidays: Christmas, Just Sing! Christmas Songs or the immortal

Academy: Checkers (DSiWare)

Academy: Checkers (DSiWare)

A smart move

Gamelion's proved itself adept in the DSiWare space, creating portable versions of board or pen and paper games — Extreme Hangmen and Academy: Tic-Tac-Toe are examples — and its latest effort is Academy: Checkers. Checkers — or draughts to some of you — is a game most people know how to play already, removing the need for a...

Castle Conqueror - Revolution (DSiWare)

Castle Conqueror - Revolution (DSiWare)

It revolves, but it doesn't evolve

The first Castle Conqueror game was one that we definitely felt comfortable recommending. It mixed cutesy aesthetics with fast and addictive gameplay, and while seasoned RTS veterans no doubt found the game a little too simplified, the amount of fun it offered was difficult to resist. Its sequel, Castle Conqueror — Revolution, feels like a direct and specific..

1001 BlockBusters (DSiWare)

1001 BlockBusters (DSiWare)

1001 ways to say "meh"

101 Dolphin Pets. 101 Shark Pets. 1001 Crystal Mazes Collection. And now 1001 BlockBusters. Teyon sure tends to feel a great deal of pride for the sheer amount of content it packs into every release. But playing this most recent game, at least, it's difficult not to wish that it'd aim for smaller, mor

Furry Legends (DSiWare)

Furry Legends (DSiWare)

Fun, but still floaty

To say that Furry Legends for DSiware has been in development for a long period of time would be an understatement. In fact, the game became so far removed from gamers' minds that many assumed that the game had been cancelled altogether. But here we are, over two years since the game was first announced, and Gamelion has finally unleashed the game, and while it still features..

House, M.D. - Episode 3: Skull and Bones (DSiWare)

House, M.D. - Episode 3: Skull and Bones (DSiWare)

Numb skull

It’s about time we all came to terms with the fact that episodic games aren’t really going to change from episode to episode. Sure, each episode may have a different plot and contain different puzzles, but the gameplay will stay generally the same. Because of this, all of the good elements of the first episode will generally carry over to the following episodes as well, but this..

Crystal Caverns of Amon-Ra (DSiWare)

Crystal Caverns of Amon-Ra (DSiWare)

Is the quality of this game just a mirage?

Puzzle games are a dime a dozen on DSiWare, so when a new one comes along, it's pretty easy to dismiss. Throw in a word like "crystal" and the words "Bejeweled clone" immediately come to mind. While this does involve the matching of three similarly coloured objects, however, Crystal Caverns of Amon-Ra takes a slightly different route..

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition (DSiWare)

The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition (DSiWare)

Four Links for the price of none

In the hubbub, hype and over-excitement of E3 2011, some gamers would have been particularly delighted by a DSiWare announcement from Nintendo: while that seems unlikely, it does reflect the dedication of fans and their love for the Zelda series. After a relatively short wait, the much anticipated The Legend of...

Bugs'N'Balls (DSiWare)

Bugs'N'Balls (DSiWare)

Together at last

Say what you will about the rest of the game, one thing Bugs'N'Balls gets exactly right is its title. It has bugs, and they are indeed armed with balls. The question is this: do bugs and balls go together like peanut butter and jelly, or is it more like oil and water? Let's just say it's peanut butter jelly time. Bugs'N'Balls is excellent fun in short bursts, and it comes with an..

Break Tactics (DSiWare)

Break Tactics (DSiWare)

Uninspired, but not broken

Strategy games come in many forms, but these days, subgenres like tower defence and resource management are far more commonplace than your traditional turn-based affairs. Break Tactics helps fill the void, and while it's a fine entry in the category, it doesn't innovate much either. The game is reminiscent of Chess and a...

Cut the Rope (DSiWare)

Cut the Rope (DSiWare)

This cuts it

There has been much debate in gaming circles about Nintendo’s digital offerings and the competition from smartphones and tablets. Now one of the biggest hits from those rival platforms, Cut the Rope, has finally arrived on DSiWare. The question is, does this title succeed on the DSi, or does it miss out on the candy? The premise of...

Escape Trick: Ninja Castle (DSiWare)

Escape Trick: Ninja Castle (DSiWare)

Escape while you still can

Escape Trick: Ninja Castle is the second game in the Escape Trick series that we've seen here at Nintendo Life. The first game, Escape Trick: The Secret of Rock City Prison, failed to really grab us: its ambition was laudable, but its execution consisted of dull visuals, underwhelming gameplay, and nonsensical puzzle...