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Flowerworks (WiiWare)

Flowerworks (WiiWare)

Gardening and fireworks combine in an orgy of floral destruction!

Normally, flower gardens and fireworks don't mix - unless you're trying to destroy the neighbour's petunia beds with roman candles - but Aussie developers Nocturnal have managed to turn what could have been a horticultural nightmare into a fun, happy game about making pretty (explosive) gardens. At its heart Flowerworks is a puzzle..

Happy Holidays: Christmas (WiiWare)

Happy Holidays: Christmas (WiiWare)

We must have been very naughty indeed...

The holiday greeting card is normally innocuous enough. Often purchased with a feeling of obligation to declare one's genuinely heartfelt feelings via a mass-produced combination of sentimental/humorous messages and art/photos, they've been a staple of the holiday season for decades. For nearly as long as the World Wide Web has existed they've been in the..

Mahjong (WiiWare)

Mahjong (WiiWare)

A decent first effort at a classic patience game

If you saw the name of this game and thought it was going to be that game your grandmother played with her friends a la "The Joy Luck Club" you'll probably be disappointed to find that this is just a solitaire matching game. The blame lies with the fact that the programmer who first created a computerised version of the Chinese children's..

Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 4 (WiiWare)

Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 4 (WiiWare)

Setting up for the grand finale.

The Monkey Island games have never really been dark. There's been some grim moments here and there, but they always had their fair share of humour and weren't really depressing or anything. Well, if you play this chapter, prepare to have your mind blown! As goes without saying now, this chapter is a no-no unless you've played all three previous ones. It is, yet..

Christmas Clix (WiiWare)

Christmas Clix (WiiWare)

Will Clix click with puzzler fans?

With the holidays fast approaching, we always seem to see at least a handful of aptly-themed games to go along with them. This year is no different on the WiiWare service with the release of JV Games' new puzzler Christmas Clix. Christmas Clix takes the classic "falling blocks" idea and combines it with a...

Rabbids Lab (WiiWare)

Rabbids Lab (WiiWare)

Take this one back to the lab

Here at Nintendo Life Towers we are quite partial to those Raving Rabbids: those mindless jabbering critters remind us of ourselves. Seeing the release of a scaled-down version of Rabbids Go Home’s In Ze Remote feature, however, gave us cause for concern: could this dress-up game justify the 500 Point price tag? For those of you unaware, Rabbids Lab is actually a..

Copter Crisis (WiiWare)

Copter Crisis (WiiWare)

What a load of cop(ter)!

There's something appealing about being a helicopter rescue pilot: it's one of those aspirations we have when we're children of what we'd like to grow up to be. Sitting at home pretending to be one via Digital Leisure's latest WiiWare instalment certainly doesn't sound the full realisation of such childhood pipedreams, but Copter Crisis does have the potential to provide..

Solitaire (WiiWare)

Solitaire (WiiWare)

Loners rejoice!

It would be proper to regard any WiiWare program consisting of a game that's already pre-installed on every Windows PC in the universe as a complete waste of everyone's time. It would be about as pointless as releasing a poker game with rules for only one version of poker. The only way you could possibly justify putting out a...

Harvest Moon: My Little Shop (WiiWare)

Harvest Moon: My Little Shop (WiiWare)

Work sucks.

Farm life has always been the focus of the Harvest Moon series, and My Little Shop technically continues that tradition. You do live on a farm and have to knock out the daily rituals of watering crops, feeding the chickens and petting the cows, but that’s pretty much it and is accomplished in about one minute. Which leaves you plenty of time to deal with the game’s namesake farm..

BIT.TRIP VOID (WiiWare)

BIT.TRIP VOID (WiiWare)

Don't avoid the VOID

The third release (of six) in Gaijin Games' BIT.TRIP series has quite a bit in common with its predecessors. And that is a good thing. Even better, though, is just how much VOID manages to stand apart from its popular older brothers. Rather than striving to recapture their specific glories, VOID charts territory of its own. And while the theme and mood of the game might feel..

Pokémon Rumble (WiiWare)

Pokémon Rumble (WiiWare)

Rumble or fumble?

One thing we've learned time and again (sometimes painfully) is that when it comes to WiiWare there's no necessary correlation between quality and cost. Of the most expensive games available, for instance, one of them is arguably the best game on the service, and another is ...not. And so when a new release scurries into view...

My Zoo (WiiWare)

My Zoo (WiiWare)

Bigger animals, bigger features.

We thought quite highly of Hudson's last WiiWare game based on keeping animals, but we also warned potential buyers that it was not so much a game as an interactive screensaver. My Zoo is meant to expand on the previous game in many ways. Aside from the animals being bigger, there are many new features and things to do with them, meaning you're not just feeding and..

Excitebike: World Rally (WiiWare)

Excitebike: World Rally (WiiWare)

Will this remake kick the tires out from under the competition?

Nintendo’s often-overlooked Excite racing series kicks in the turbo and has released not one but two new games this year. This time, the series returns to its roots with a remake of the original NES classic. But with so many other “excite”-ing options to choose from on the Wii, is...

Dragon Master Spell Caster (WiiWare)

Dragon Master Spell Caster (WiiWare)

Dragon Master Spells Disaster

In Dragon Master Spell Caster, you mount your pet dragon and take to the skies in search of thrilling adventure (or floating balls), engage in epic struggles with (or shake your Wii remote randomly at) elementally-themed opponents, and fly on into your new life of fame and fortune (or...turn your Wii off and think about...

Frogger Returns (WiiWare)

Frogger Returns (WiiWare)

The return of an arcade legend.

It cannot be denied that Frogger is one of the original arcade hits. It was ported to pretty much every 8-bit console and computer system in the world, bootlegged numerous times and even immortalised in song on the seminal "Pac-Man Fever" LP by Buckner & Garcia. It's the only Konami arcade game from the early '80s that's been kept alive as a franchise..

UNO (WiiWare)

UNO (WiiWare)

Gameloft WiiWare card games, take two!

Like many American board games, Uno was started by your average Joe making sets in his house and selling them to friends and neighbours before getting picked up by a big outfit and made into a classic. It's a fun social game that's been around for nearly 40 years now and is played around the world. Given the game's enduring popularity it should come as no..

Manic Monkey Mayhem (WiiWare)

Manic Monkey Mayhem (WiiWare)

A monkey barrel beater?

Manic Monkey Mayhem is a clear attempt by UK-based developers The Code Monkeys to make a straightforward multiplayer shooter that anyone can play. All you need is a Remote and a decent throwing arm to pick this one up, but does it have enough depth to justify laying out 1,000 Points? The controls are very straightforward:...

Carnival King (WiiWare)

Carnival King (WiiWare)

Is this take on the old-fashioned carnival shooting gallery a hit or miss?

There have been quite a few games over the years that have made use of various carnival-style shooting galleries. Some have leaned towards an arcade feel while others have gone for a more realistic experience using a light gun. Intelligent Technologies, makers of Target Toss Pro: Bags, has now released its own take on the..

Family Card Games (WiiWare)

Family Card Games (WiiWare)

The family that plays drinking games together, stays together

Worn out from extended sessions of Table Tennis, Mini Golf and Slot Car Racing? Feeling like if you have to look at Mommy, Daddy, Billy, or Sarah’s plastic smiling faces one more time you will throw your Wii Remote through the TV? Why not unwind with a few pleasant card games? What’s that? You said “yes”? Then we have good..

Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 3 (WiiWare)

Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 3 (WiiWare)

A well-liked classic character returning makes everything better.

As you might have expected, it's a tad pointless to review this game. It's a direct sequel to the previous chapter, and plays exactly the same way. As it is not recommended to play this before playing the previous two chapters, you should already know what you're getting into when you...