Nov 19, 2007
Playing like a long-lost gem, Contra 4 recaptures the best of an era, while introducing todays gamers to the real meaning of "challenge" (swearing like a sailor with no shore leave, if you can't stand tough games). Picking up where the SNES Contra 3: Alien Wars left off, Contra 4 is just as much a re-imagined remake as it is a sequel. Veteran players will recognize locations and enemies from the prior titles, making a run through feel like a trip down memory lane. Dont be fooled
Youd think that controlling two candy-colored rabbits simultaneously through obstacles and puzzles was exactly what the DS was built for. Unfortunately, the god-awful truth is that unlike its much-better/much-cuter PS2 predecessor, Cookie & Cream falls short due to its lazy controls and what-the-hell puzzles.
Rather than two players maneuvering through short levels and tackling puzzles to disarm traps in order to proceed like the PS2 version (sounds good, huh?), Story mode lets only one rabbit
It's tough to hate on Cooking Mama. The cheery graphics and so-simple minigames make it ideal for casual gamers or anyone looking to kill a few minutes on a bus, but hang around long enough and the charm starts to wear thin. There may be more than 70 dishes to create, but after 15 minutes of cutting, stirring and blowing into the DS's microphone, we don't care how delicious octopus spaghetti might be.
The entire game revolves around preparing dishes. You start simple, with things like rice,
The original Cooking Mama game was well-liked - yet another example of games making fun out of an activity we abhor in real life. But players eventually stopped caring what virtual dish might result from a furious session of whisking, chopping and frying. Everything blurred together. Now an enhanced sequel is here, but not much has changed. Cooking Mama 2 features new modes and recipes, but mostly it's the same quirky, hunger-inducing, initially-captivating-but-ultimately-repetitive experience
Cooking is hard. Understanding how ingredients work with each other while grasping the subtleties of flavors make cooking anything more complicated than a pizza difficult. Cooking is a skilled profession, and while Cooking Mama 3: Shop & Chop cannot teach you how to become a chef, it can let you feel the joy of being a host on the Food Network.
Generations of Latin scholars could have been saved the pain of learning about Roman emperors’ military endeavors and political machinations had history followed the path of Cradle of Rome. In the game, the mighty ancient city is constructed via the collection of food, resources and cash in a tile-sliding puzzle. No bloodshed, no diplomatic wrangling, just lots of tiny tiles with pictures of coins, ham or logs on them.
When we previewed Crash: Boom Bang!, Crash Bandicoot's first game for the DS, we were optimistic that it would prove to be a sufficiently fun party game. After playing the full retail version, however, our optimism has completely crashed and quickly burned into a dismal pile of ash.
In CBB, similar to the Mario Party series, you move one of eight Crash characters along a themed game board, earning or losing points depending on where you land and partaking in periodic multiplayer
Let’s leave to one side the fact that the Adventure mode only took 28 minutes to complete, and ignore the revelation that this is a rather crude, repetitive collection of join-the-dots, colouring-in and jigsaw puzzle games, and instead concentrate on the colouring-in side of Crayola Treasure Adventures. It’s got 55 cute pictures to choose from, and it’s got a slightly odd colouring-in mechanism. You tap in one section of the
What a load of ass. No, really – there’s loads of ass on show in this, the second Shin-Chan to appear on DS (in Japan at least). Our ‘hero’, Shin-Chan of the title, barely needs an excuse to bare his buttocks and wiggle them at us. Honestly, who wouldn’t fire a laser ray weapon from their bum crack instead of holding it in their hands?
Custom Beat Battle: Draglade is literal murder on the dance floor; a beat-'em-up with jazz hands. Okay. So no actual dancing takes place - Mortal Kombat starring Fred Astaire it's not - but rhythm is the key.
On the surface this bears a striking resemblance to DS fighter Bleach. The camera zooms around wide multi-tiered arenas as spiky-haired fighters unleash flaming uppercuts and sword jabs upon one another. With a slightly more limited move-set than the combo-loving Bleach, this is a tad