As wicked witches, Midwestern US school children who have to sit through countless disaster drills, and that cow from the movie Twister will tell you, tornados are bad news. And now, DS gamers have a good reason to fear the swirling vortex of mother nature’s Dyson vacuum as well. Tornado had the potential to blow us away, but tedious missions and some really broken design choices instead suck the life out of the whole
Monday 18 June 2007
When you consider 42 All-Time Classics has a darts game in it along with 41 other games all in one cart, Touch Darts had better be the best darts game around if it's going to be woth its asking price. Especially when you see how cheap and cheerful the presentation is. But fortunately, underneath the colourful exterior lies a game that's as challenging and rewarding as real darts - and just as addictive.
The game's greatest asset is its stylus control. You place the tip of
The DS has become the unlikely savior of old-fashioned adventure gaming. While Trace Memory and Sprung were nothing to write home about, the phenomenal success of Phoenix Wright has proven that there's still a lot of potential left for pondering and solving mysteries. The DS is undoubtedly the system best suited for it. Enter Touch Detective, a quirky little point-and-click... er, tap-and-touch adventure from
Oct 26, 2007
Strangely titled Touch Detective 2 1/2 is the second screen tapping adventure for the DS released by Atlus. Relying on nearly obsessive-compulsive touchscreen use, you play as "Touch" Detective Mackenzie who investigates mysteries in a town of cute bobble-headed anime style characters. With periodic help from Funghi, her mushroom-shaped sidekick, Mackenzie literally feels out the clues, groping her way around town as you tap your stylus on every possible pixel to uncover and
In the same way Trauma Center let you ‘be’ a doctor without the risk of endangering real lives, Touch Mechanic gives you the chance to tinker under car hoods without any danger of causing a pile-up by mis-fitting a gearbox. Garage procedures are much like operations – select a tool, pick a part to fix, replace the right screws and so on.
At last; how long have we had to wait before the DS had its own on-rails first-person shooter? With the stylus substituting itself for a light gun, and the power inside capable of drawing 3D corridors, its madness that its taken two years for one to appear. Touch the Dead is a fun and brutal shoot-em-up, asking you to balance shooting and reloading while hordes of slavering zombies bumble their way toward you. And its hard. Knowing where to hit the dead lumps of flesh, and when to do the
Like the TouchMaster you may have played on a grimy touch screen at a bar (only out of morbid curiosity, of course), TouchMaster DS is the epitome of casual gaming. It contains a collection of timed minigames grouped into categories like card games, trivia, and puzzles. In theory, the broad range of games represented here is a good fit for the DS. Being able to play anything from a Bejeweled-ish puzzle game, to a Wheel of Fortune-esque word game, to a classic game of Solitaire all on the same
In yet another game that glorifies orphan labor, Toy Shop tasks two small children with turning a profit on their late grandfather's business. Your goal is to earn $50K in the first three in-game years, and to succeed you must build toys, manage the shop, and shmooze with the townspeople to drain every penny out of their pixilated pockets. The concept is solid, but the sloppy execution of this cutesy sim left us wanting to play with actual
If you’re into PC gaming that isn’t strategy, shooters or World of Warcraft, you’ve probably heard of TrackMania. It’s the super-speedy, super-accessible racer where you make your own fun, and as with its big brother, the more you put into the little DS version, the more you’ll get out of it.
Let’s have a pretend conversation, shall we? We’ll start: “There’s this new DS game that stars a group of giant robots who are fighting other giant robots. Oh, and they can all change into motor vehicles like semi trucks and helicopters.”