It’s always nice to boot up a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously. B Team: Metal Cartoon Squad is such a game, shunning any sort of war realism to deliver a cartoon shooter that’s like a cross between old SNES game Super Smash TV and arcade classic Gauntlet. Movement is controlled using the D-pad while shooting is on the stylus.
We’ll have to be honest and admit that Bakugan has passed us by. Not because we’re old farts (which we’re not); more likely because Pokemon gives us an adequate fix of otherworldly-creatures-in-a-ball action. Okay, that’s probably drastically oversimplifying the whole Bakugan concept, but certainly for newcomers that’s what it feels like.
Think you’re good at games? You can measure how hardcore you are by spending a couple of hours with Bangai-O – if your eyes are bleeding, your nerves are frazzled and you’ve torn your hair out in scalpy clumps, this game has just exposed you as a casual. What are you going to do about it, chump?
Dinosaurs battling other dinosaurs for survival is a concept long-unused by game developers. Huge thanks to Ubisoft for reminding us why that is. You pick a dinosaur – carnivore, herbivore or speedy (it doesn’t seem to matter which type) – and begin trudging slowly across a map, seeking out the marked objectives, which seem to consist only of locating fossils (time paradox alert!) and beating other dinosaurs to death for golden eggs.
Prince of Persia as an action platformer: great. But as a turn based strategy game? Prince moves four squares across the wall, buzzsaw trap moves three? Um, maybe not.
In actual fact, it's turned out a lot like Advance Wars, with the Prince (and various other generals) leading armies all over the Middle East and India in the period between Sands of Time and The Warrior Within.
And, you know, it's also turned out rather brilliantly. The gameplay system, based around randomly drawn cards set in
The puzzles and brain teasers of publisher Conspiracy's new brain-boosting game for DS, Best of Tests, are fun to a point. The questions are typical brain teasers involving observation, memory, speed of perception and analysis, and should be familiar to anyone who has ever taken a standardized IQ test.There are two areas to test: Intelligence, and Memory. Each has 3 categories, Easy, Normal, Difficult; and each category has a sub-category,
Everybody loves fireworks, and we’re pretty sure that every DS owner will love this pyrotech-tastic shoot-’em-up. It’s as visually arresting as it is infectious, original and quirky, and we can’t recommend it highly enough, especially given its budget price. Describing the game makes it sound a little convoluted, but please bear with us.
Konamis 1994 Biker Mice on the SNES was not a bad motorbike racing game. Its a shame, then, that the racing element is the one part of this new DS game thats entirely broken. You steer left and right on the 3D course with the D-pad, while holding down A to accelerate and B to boost. Note: boost is a Martian word meaning “achieve speeds its impossible to steer at.”
Making subtle moves with the D-pad is unfeasible, which is especially annoying on levels where you have to avoid
There are gamers who wish the 1990s never ended. 3D, high-def, online multiplayer? Bah. All of this is trumped by the greatness of the 16-bit era and most markedly, the SNES. Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled is a game made entirely for these gamers, and despite some stumbles, it largely succeeds at tapping into that sense of nostalgia for games gone by.
What do we love about Bleach? Fox-headed samurai. Furious banana eat-offs. A screen-engulfing caterpillar with a cherubic baby face. Death gods masquerading as Japanese schoolgirls using huge reserves of demonic energy to summon explosive teddy bears. What do we hate? That all of the above appear in the same ten seconds.
On paper - or at least in the much needed translated instructions we found online - Bleach features a sophisticated combat system that revolves around biding your time for