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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...

Defense of the Middle Kingdom (DSiWare)

Defense of the Middle Kingdom (DSiWare)

Middle of the road

Many games take the history of Asian nations as their focus, from the Japanese combat-based Samurai Warriors series to the Romance of the Three Kingdoms games, which use the warring kingdoms of first-century China as their basis. The newest to enter the ring is Defense of the Middle Kingdom, which also focuses on the latter's subject matter, putting a tower defence spin on the..

DotMan (DSiWare)

DotMan (DSiWare)

Not quite on point

Welcome to DotMan, the game of driving in circles. And that's it, basically. There's also a small amount of strategy, along with boredom and frustration, but we'll deal with those shortly. DotMan has its roots in classic games like Dodge 'Em and Pac-Man, but that's a bit like saying Twilight has its roots in Bram Stoker's Dracula: it's a thematic comparison only, and says nothing..

House, M.D. - Episode 2: Blue Meanie (DSiWare)

House, M.D. - Episode 2: Blue Meanie (DSiWare)

Blue all over

Earlier this summer saw the release of Legacy Interactive’s first DSiWare game, House, M.D. - Episode 1: Globetrotting. If you played the game, or simply read our review, then you’ll know that this maiden voyage was not a very successful one for the company. Now, several months later, the series continues with House M.D. - Episode 2: Blue Meanie, the second instalment in the..

1950s Lawn Mower Kids (DSiWare)

1950s Lawn Mower Kids (DSiWare)

A bit of a chore

When it comes to attempts to turn boring, low-paid jobs into exciting DSiWare downloads, Zordix AB jumped to the fore with Valet Parking 1989. It was an intriguing but flawed game, jam packed with nostalgia and 80’s humour. The developer is now continuing the theme of decade-specific chore simulation with 1950s Lawn Mower Kids. The very idea of turning grass cutting into a full..

Bridge (DSiWare)

Bridge (DSiWare)

Over troubled water

It’s one of the simplest forms of entertainment: if all electronic entertainment is unavailable, when there is nothing else to do, a simple pack of playing cards can save the day. Card games can be simplistic or confusing and complex, with straightforward options often seeming suitable as cheap downloads on the DSi shop. More complicated options are available, such as World..

Let's Create! Pottery (DSiWare)

Let's Create! Pottery (DSiWare)

Let's not

Let's Create! Pottery may have the least appealing title this side of Let's Perform! Complex Trigonometry and Let's Compose! A Musical About Kobe Bryant's Lunch, but its problems run much deeper than that. Mainly, it’s just not very fun. The game begins with a title screen that offers several options, but none of them involve starting...