Dec 14, 2007
The title of Left Brain Right Brain is rather misleading. You might think that the game is yet another of the billion mind-training games coming to market, when its really not a “brain” training game at all - at least, not in the cognitive thinking sense. Instead, Left Brain, Right Brain is a game meant to develop ambidexterity - the ability to use both hands skillfully, rather than relying on one “good” hand. Sounds like a cool concept? It is. Its just too
Remember Left Brain Right Brain? It claimed to promote ambidexterity by forcing you to play with your left and right hand in turn until one was as good as the other. Unswayed by ‘meh’ reviews for the original Left Brain, Majesco’s published a sequel which is more disappointing than the first outing.
Here's a metaphor: the DS is like a movie theater, and RPGs are its horror films. You get some good and even great ones, but there are just so many, and a lot of them are remakes. Now, say you like scary movies, but are starting to getting pretty worn out on them. Then along comes a remake of a little-known film that was overrated the first time, and that can be downloaded for a fraction of the cost.
If you were born in the eighties (or later), it’s possible you’ve never heard of the original Legend of Kage. It hit the arcades in the mid-eighties and then moved on to the NES a few years later. Although a shallow side-scrolling action game with only four “real” levels (they just repeated with different seasons coloring the leaves in the trees), it had one gimmick that excited every kid that found it in the arcade: you little ninja could make spectacular leaps.
Oct 1, 2007
In some peoples Zelda codec, boat = monotony. Wind Wakers Triforce trawl and irksome wind realignment did for many of you, leaving jaded gamers in its wake. Well, get over it. Although a canonical continuation of Wind Waker, this is a custom-built DS outing, determined to deliver more than a control-scheme makeover. From the moment Link plunges his hand into a chest and pulls out… nothing at all to an off-key discovery jingle, you know youre in for something quite
This is a reason to buy a DS for those who don’t have one. And an excuse to find/dust off/unbox the handheld for those who do.
Above: Spirit Tracks finally gives you a reason to find that DS
Just process that for a second. We all know Nintendo’s little machine is shovelware central just now. But Link’s disarming, consistently clever RPG adventure, which is chock-full of ingenious puzzles and bosses so big
Handheld platform fans have heard rumblings of the legend of Starfy for years, though his four previous adventures - spread across the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS - were reportedly deemed "too Japanese" or not commercial enough for a North American release. Naturally, that just made us want it more, and Nintendo has seen it fit to bring us his fifth release, The Legendary Starfy on DS.
Remember the imaginary LEGO conflicts that once raged on your bedroom floor? LEGO Battles transplants that warfare from your inner child's mind to the screens of the DS in a real-time strategy game that's worth a try despite a couple of distressingly deep chinks in its plastic armor.
When LEGO first introduced its real-time strategy game, LEGO Battles, the brick-stacking icon reminded us it can do more than the popular movie spin-off games that have grown into a golden goose franchise for the company. It proved that resource gathering, base building and amassing an army of fighters was amusing - and also made a lot of sense - with LEGO characters at the helm. LEGO Battles: Ninjago, the second LEGO-themed RTS from developer Hellbent Games, sticks to the same familiar formula while adding ninjas and skeletons to the mix. The result is an endearing strategy game weighed down by lackluster visuals and weak feeling combat tactics...
If you have
played any of the other LEGO games you already know what to expect with LEGO
Harry Potter: Years 5-7. Set in the LEGOfied wizarding world, the newest
iteration never delivers on moving the series beyond what has already been
done, but it does provide solid gameplay, plenty of fan service, and the charm
the LEGO games have become known for...