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SKYPEACE (3DS eShop)

SKYPEACE (3DS eShop)

Doesn't soar, but not quite a bore

SKYPEACE is a stage-based runner that finds you surfing it up in the in the sky, high above the clouds. As runners generally go, players will be aiming for a high score by collecting as many coins and significant pickups as they can, while avoiding incoming obstacles. Existing in a genre that overpopulates the...

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (Wii U)

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark (Wii U)

Less than meets the eye

Whether it's Batman, Gears of War or Zelda, it's always a gamble when a beloved series leaves the developer that created it in favour of a new one. In many of these cases it's because the publisher wants to churn out annual or semi-annual instalments in a profitable franchise, and one studio is not enough to carry this...

Toy Stunt Bike (3DS eShop)

Toy Stunt Bike (3DS eShop)

Batteries included

The store aisle packaging that greets you when selecting Toy Stunt Bike from the 3DS menu is a telling sign of the game’s intended mood. This is a physics-based platformer alright, but the challenge is infused with those elements of joy, imagination, and mild cruelty everyone remembers from playing with their toys as a kid...

Cocoro Line Defender (3DS eShop)

Cocoro Line Defender (3DS eShop)

Doing lines

If there's one thing French studio Moving Player knows how to do beautifully, it's presentation. Its new title Cocoro: Line Defender is inspired by Japanese watercolour-style art, with bright environments and striking dark outlines reminiscent of the 2006 classic Ōkami. Sporting a traditional flute-based soundtrack and characters with...

Farming Simulator 14 (3DS)

Farming Simulator 14 (3DS)

More farm than good

Last summer Farming Simulator 3D trucked its way onto the 3DS, allowing gamers to establish and manage a flourishing agricultural empire on-the-go, without having to get their hands dirty or don a straw hat and suspenders. It was a game that we found to be enjoyable at times, but the omission of any tutorials or guides lent to a...

Shovel Knight (3DS eShop)

Shovel Knight (3DS eShop)

This is the kind of shovelware we can dig

Shovel Knight is the adventure of Shovel Knight, a knight with a shovel. That simple — and gloriously absurd — premise has somehow resulted in some of the strongest hype the 3DS eShop has seen yet. The good news is that the final product absolutely lives up to the lofty expectations; the even better news...

Shovel Knight (Wii U eShop)

Shovel Knight (Wii U eShop)

Digging for gold

Yacht Club Games' faux-retro platformer Shovel Knight has become one of the most anticipated titles to come out of the crowdfunding craze. It's frightening to think that Shovel Knight might not have come to fruition without Yacht Club Games' highly successful Kickstarter campaign — games like this don't come around often. Yacht...

2048 (3DS eShop)

2048 (3DS eShop)

4x4 for fun

It should not be surprising any more when a mobile game gets ported over to a Nintendo platform. It happened with high-profile smart device mainstays Angry Birds and Cut the Rope, and we've also seen it with several lesser-known

Another World - 20th Anniversary Edition (3DS eShop)

Another World - 20th Anniversary Edition (3DS eShop)

Another World, Another System

Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition belongs in the download era, as the retail success story of the original truly laid the groundwork for narrative-driven, minimalistic and artistic games that are now becoming increasingly common away from high street shelves. When first released its cinematic flair was a...

Color Zen Kids (3DS eShop)

Color Zen Kids (3DS eShop)

Childlike innocence

If you read our review of Color Zen on 3DS earlier this month or Color Zen Kids on Wii U most recently, you're in for a familiar ride with the latter title on 3DS. The laid-back colour-matching puzzler with the sweeping electronic soundtrack is back, and this time your children can play it on the go. The objective of the...

ATV Quad Kings (DSiWare)

ATV Quad Kings (DSiWare)

ATZzz...

Some forms of racing get a bad rap for looking too “simple” but, in reality, require a great deal of strategy and focus. It should never be as simple as holding down the accelerator until the finish line, which seems a lesson unfortunately lost on ATV Quad Kings. Quad Kings is a purely single-player run with three modes. The largest of...

Color Zen Kids (Wii U eShop)

Color Zen Kids (Wii U eShop)

Hopping into the kiddie pool

If you read our review of Color Zen last month, you'll know exactly what to expect from Color Zen Kids. The soothing, touch-based colour matching puzzler has gained a more kid-friendly coat of paint – the colours are all slightly brighter, the puzzles are a bit easier and shaped like cute animals, and the memorable...

ATV Fever (DSiWare)

ATV Fever (DSiWare)

Muddy goings

ATV Fever is at its best when machines hit the dirt and one gets into the zone of navigating a track’s turns and bumps. It’s a good way to distract oneself from the strange choices made in the organization of the game off the track. But first, the racing. ATV Fever has a pretty simple control setup. There are no tricks; no...

GEOM (Wii U eShop)

GEOM (Wii U eShop)

GEOMdude used Rock Throw!

GEOM is another low-budget title on the Wii U eShop from a fresh studio — Andraconus — and brings to mind another relatively recent offering: RCMADIAX's Blok Drop U from earlier this year. Both are simple puzzle titles that don't really live up to expectations, but their price point being lower than the cost of a cup of...

How to Survive (Wii U eShop)

How to Survive (Wii U eShop)

Island-hopping and head-popping

Zombies used to be so underground, man. Years ago the very mention of these rotted ghouls would have people scratching their heads in blissful ignorance, but now they’re shuffling, walking and running around like they own the place. The genre has been utterly exhausted to the point where now their inclusion in media...

Pac-Land (Wii U eShop / NES)

Pac-Land (Wii U eShop / NES)

Pac your bags, man

Never before released for the NES in the west, Namco has dropped its Pac-Man platformer Pac-Land onto the eShop to celebrate the announcement of Pac-Man in the new Super Smash Bros. games. A departure from the simple, addictive gameplay the Pac-Man series is known for, Pac-Land attempts to expand the scope and appeal of its iconic...

Another World - 20th Anniversary Edition (Wii U eShop)

Another World - 20th Anniversary Edition (Wii U eShop)

An indie trailblazer

If you want a cinematic, oblique, thought-provoking and relatively short-lived experience in the modern gaming age, digital stores such as the eShop and more notably Steam have plenty of content on offer. Independent developers — and bigger publishers that release smaller projects as downloads — now find it easier than ever...

Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old is Your Brain? (Wii U eShop / DS)

Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old is Your Brain? (Wii U eShop / DS)

Brain food

It seems like only yesterday that we got Game Boy Advance games on the Wii U Virtual Console, but now DS games have also joined the party. Curiously enough, Nintendo has chosen not to start off with one of their classic franchises, like Mario or Zelda, but has instead opted to go with one of their best-selling titles, the original Brain...

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3DS)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3DS)

How to train your dragon 2 do what?!

Handheld versions of 3D console games are always a tricky task; most of the successful ones avoid straight-up ports that are inevitably inferior to their home console brethren, and instead build the portable iterations from the ground up with 2D handheld gaming in mind. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate did this...

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Wii U)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Wii U)

Needs a bit more training

How to Train Your Dragon 2, developed by Australian studio Torus Games and published by Little Orbit, is a throwback to movie tie-ins of yore. Most big action films these days opt for cheaper, often microtransaction-based game tie-ins on mobile devices, like Captain America: The Winter Soldier and