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Review: City Mysteries (3DS eShop)

City Mysteries (3DS eShop)

Globecluttering

Famous world locations are not a bad backdrop for a hidden object game, although the irony of priorities here must be noted. Eiffel Tower? Whatever. We’ve got a bowling pin and a screw to find! City Mysteries takes item-finding to the proud metropolises of New York, Paris, Moscow, and London, stuffing each scene with enough...

Review: Bombing Bastards (Wii U eShop)

Bombing Bastards (Wii U eShop)

Da bomb or just a bomb?

Sanuk Games' Bombing Bastards isn't so much a Bomberman clone as it is an evil twin; it's an evil twin that is fun to be around and easy on the eyes, but it's evil nonetheless. Everything from its subversive premise to its ironically cheery visuals add to Bombing Bastards' slightly off-kilter feel, but it's the gameplay that...

Review: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival (3DS)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival (3DS)

Is the first 3DS entry a Dark Hole or a Monster Reborn?

Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh series has a long and successful history in digital form, perhaps never more so than on Nintendo hardware – a relationship that stretches all the way back from the original monochrome Game Boy right up to Zexal World Duel Carnival, which is both the first 3DS Yu-Gi-Oh...

Review: AiRace Xeno (3DS eShop)

AiRace Xeno (3DS eShop)

Kicking it into Xenogear

The fourth entry in Warsaw studio QubicGames' downloadable AiRace series, AiRace Xeno is a natural progression of last year's AiRace Speed on the 3DS eShop – race three different futuristic aircraft at face-melting speeds through nine tough obstacle-filled tracks and try to beat your high score. It's a stripped-down racing...

Review: European Conqueror 3D (3DS eShop)

European Conqueror 3D (3DS eShop)

Go ahead, mention the war

European Conqueror 3D is a title that might inspire a bit of déjà vu in observant eShop gamers, coming less than a year after the release of CIRCLE’s slightly more ambitious-sounding World Conqueror 3D. Like its predecessor, this is a turn-based strategy game that takes cues from tabletop classics like Risk and Axis...

Review: Mysterious Stars: The Singer (DSiWare)

Mysterious Stars: The Singer (DSiWare)

Only connect...

Connect the dots, dot to dot, join the dots...whatever you called it growing up, the odds are pretty good you didn't think the game would be improved by a storyline. That's unfortunate, because that's the one thing Mysterious Stars: The Singer has to differentiate itself from an inexpensive book of similar puzzles. Well, no, that's...

Review: My Aquarium: Seven Oceans (DSiWare)

My Aquarium: Seven Oceans (DSiWare)

Fishing for something more

Back in the heyday of the WiiWare service, an application titled My Aquarium was made available to all Wii owners through the digital distribution platform. It was so well received — as is evidenced by our review — that a second version was soon developed, appropriately and unsurprisingly titled My Aquarium 2. Now,...

Review: Armillo (Wii U eShop)

Armillo (Wii U eShop)

Super Sonic Puzzle Galaxy

There's been a lot of great eShop content as of late, but not many examples have been in the works for as long as Armillo, which was first announced way back in 2011. Now that it's finally here, were those years in development well spent? In Armillo, you take the role of the titular character, a space armadillo, who is...

Review: BrickBlast U! (Wii U eShop)

BrickBlast U! (Wii U eShop)

Bricked

The Wii U's compatibility with tool-sets such as Unity and the Nintendo Web Framework has made the platform accessible to small, independent developers whose games would otherwise not be available on consoles due to high costs and other barriers. While this has made for some wonderful eShop experiences — Ittle Dew and Stick it to the Man...

Review: POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE (Wii U eShop)

POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE (Wii U eShop)

No poker face required

POKER DICE SOLITAIRE FUTURE (or PDSF for the remainder of this review) is essentially the digital equivalent to one of those electronic pocket poker games that your parents or grandparents were hooked on during the ‘90s. Designed to be played on the Wii U GamePad, this budget download offers a solitary take on poker to...

Review: Squids Odyssey (3DS eShop)

Squids Odyssey (3DS eShop)

Cephaloportable

It might be said that Squids has come full circle. Starting on mobile platforms, The Game Bakers’ brand extended its tentacles to a console experience with Squids Odyssey on the Wii U, which we’ve reviewed. The same game has now found a home on the 3DS, returning to its portable roots with a few small differences. Squids Odyssey...

Review: Plain Video Poker (3DS eShop)

Plain Video Poker (3DS eShop)

Plain dealer

Here’s a reviewing conundrum: how does one approach a game that is determinedly designed to be average? This is the case with Plain Video Poker, which does away with pretence by using an adjective in its title that’s been reserved more often for yogurt and M&M’s than anything within the hyperbolic games industry. What this...

Review: Monkey Pirates (Wii U eShop)

Monkey Pirates (Wii U eShop)

Banana boat

Despite all the doom and gloom that currently — and unfairly — surrounds the Wii U at the moment, it hasn't stopped indie developers from flocking to the system to release their games. Moreover, a good proportion of developers have even designed their games to specifically take advantage of the system; one only has to look at...

Review: 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...

Review: 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...