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Review: Mysterious Stars: The Samurai (DSiWare)

Mysterious Stars: The Samurai (DSiWare)

Bushi-no.

The DSi’s touchscreen-and-stylus setup has inspired an impressive array of pen-and-paper puzzle conversions over the years, and this trend seems set to continue right into DSiWare’s twilight days. Collavier’s Mysterious Stars trilogy, as the most recent example, pairs classic connect-the-dots puzzles with children’s stories. It’s...

Review: Cybernator (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Cybernator (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Run-n-gun in space

Konami's Cybernator isn't as well-known as run-and-gun titles such as Contra, but this SNES game is a quality offering with plenty of challenge, personality and replay value. The Virtual Console exists to let gamers relive (and experience for the first time) classic games, and Cybernator will be a breath of fresh air for anyone...

Review: LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids (3DS)

LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids (3DS)

Cyberpunk ninja bricks

It's a new month, which means that the team behind the ever-popular LEGO games has a new release to share with the world. Rather than building a game based off of a popular book or film series, the latest addition to the LEGO pantheon is based on the company's own Ninjago universe. Acting somewhat as a sequel to 2011's LEGO...

Review: Mega Man Battle Network (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Battle Network (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Net neutrality

While the Mega Man series is mostly known for its action platformer instalments, in a move to perhaps appeal to more audiences Capcom decided to try pairing the Blue Bomber with some other genres, first in the form of Mega Man Legends, an action RPG, and then again with this title, Mega Man Battle Network. Released on Game Boy...

Review: Mysterious Stars: A Fairy Tale (DSiWare)

Mysterious Stars: A Fairy Tale (DSiWare)

Missed connections

From sudoku and crosswords to mazes and more, pen-and-paper puzzle games have found a happy home on Nintendo’s recent dual-screened systems, especially as part of smaller, downloadable offerings. One of the latest examples of this trend is the Mysterious Stars trilogy, a set of DSiWare games that couple classic connect-the-dots...

Review: Tangram Attack (3DS eShop)

Tangram Attack (3DS eShop)

Making the cut or on the chopping block?

Instead of piecing together various shapes to construct a square, like you would in a traditional tangram game, Tangram Attack is about slicing and dicing seven shapes from already-assembled asymmetrical designs. Since the outlines of these shapes are often masked by a single colour and a uniform pattern, the...

Review: SHUT THE BOX (Wii U eShop)

SHUT THE BOX (Wii U eShop)

What's in the box?!

It's strange how little a concept matters as long as the execution is done well; just recently we criticised Dahku Creations' Soon Shine for playing too much like a mobile game rather than a home console title. Yet here we are with SHUT THE BOX (which seems like it's yelling at you), created by one-man studio RCMADIAX of BLOK...

Review: Soon Shine (Wii U eShop)

Soon Shine (Wii U eShop)

Here Comes the Soon

It's wonderful to see indie developers on Wii U find enough commercial success to produce more than one title for the platform, and two-man studio Dahku Creations has followed up June's Chubbins with a new family-friendly offering: Soon Shine. Our biggest criticisms of Chubbins were its torturous difficulty and lack of visual...

Review: Anne's Doll Studio: Antique Collection (DSiWare)

Anne's Doll Studio: Antique Collection (DSiWare)

Antique? Try "aged"

Gamebridge's Anne's Doll Studio: Antique Collection is one of several titles in the Anne's Doll Studio "series," and like the other entries is a complete waste of time and money. A simple application in which you can dress up a doll and save it as an image file, users will find all there is to discover in Anne's Doll Studio as...

Review: Midtown Crazy Race (Wii U eShop)

Midtown Crazy Race (Wii U eShop)

Will drive you crazy

You know when you’re playing a game and it’s all going well when, suddenly, it introduces some arbitrary racing section just to add a little variety? Until now you’ve been jumping around, exploring, but for the next half an hour you’re stuck trying to complete this side mission just to continue. The driving controls are...

Review: Anne's Doll Studio: Lolita Collection (DSiWare)

Anne's Doll Studio: Lolita Collection (DSiWare)

Don't touch Lolita

Gamebridge's Anne's Doll Studio: Lolita Collection is one of several titles in the Anne's Doll Studio "series," and like the other entries, is a complete waste of time and money. A simple application in which you can dress up a doll and save it as an image file, users will find all there is to discover in Anne's Doll Studio as...

Review: Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Jump'n TwinBee

Although the TwinBee series is mostly remembered as a shoot 'em up franchise, it might come as a surprise that there were actually a few games which took on different genres. Rainbow Bell Adventures — which is coincidentally also the last game released outside Japan — tries its hand at platforming, bringing its own unique little...

Review: Anne's Doll Studio: Princess Collection (DSiWare)

Anne's Doll Studio: Princess Collection (DSiWare)

Evil princess

Gamebridge's Anne's Doll Studio: Princess Collection is one of several titles in the Anne's Doll Studio "series," and like the other entries is a complete waste of time and money. A simple application in which you can dress up a doll and save it as an image file, users will find all there is to discover as soon as the title menu is...

Review: Steel Empire (3DS eShop)

Steel Empire (3DS eShop)

The Empire strikes back

Side-scrolling shoot-‘em-ups were a force to be reckoned with in the early ’90s, gracing every arcade and home system under the sun with seemingly limitless variations on Gradius-style gameplay. Perhaps surprisingly, given the genre’s popularity, they also tended to stick rather closely to each other in terms of theme;...

Review: Master Reboot (Wii U eShop)

Master Reboot (Wii U eShop)

Or Enaid Coll, if you prefer

With its continual growth the Wii U eShop library is bringing us a diverse range of games across various genres, yet Master Reboot from Wales Interactive nevertheless succeeds in delivering something unique to the platform. Previously released on PC and PSN, it's an ambitious effort that has moments of brilliance and a...

Review: XType Plus (Wii U eShop)

XType Plus (Wii U eShop)

The Citizen Kane of Web Framework games on the Wii U

Note: XType Plus was meant to be released on 31st July along with online leaderboards, but due to a bug in the ranking functionality the game was delayed. It was reinstated on the European eShop on 6th August, and is awaiting a North American release. Nintendo has opened up the floodgates to...

Review: IQ Test (Wii U eShop)

IQ Test (Wii U eShop)

Prepare to put on your dunce cap

The Wii U eShop is filled to the brim with low-budget kids' games these days, and Ninja Pig Studios' IQ Test seems like just another to heap on the pile... but looks can be deceiving. Beneath the simplistic exterior, IQ Test is a real mind-bender: a series of trick questions designed to get you to think outside

Review: Ice Cream Surfer (Wii U eShop)

Ice Cream Surfer (Wii U eShop)

Ice Cream Snorer

Shoot 'em ups aren't really a popular genre these days, but there seems to be a bit of a resurgence on the downloadable front. Not long ago we received Gaiabreaker, and now here we have Ice Cream Surfer, a game which had an unsuccessful crowdfunding campaign, but nonetheless ended up being developed anyway. Upon launching the game...