What a strange beast, this Animal Crossing. It has no boss battles or ending, yet you'll find yourself absolutely glued to the screen like an OCD patient with no meds, managing your charming hamlet and mailing flattering letters to your beastly neighbors.
You hit the town flat broke with nothing but the frock on your back. Boisterous store owner Tom Nook (a raccoon) hooks you up with a job and some errands so you can land the startup cash for your new life amongst the animals. When the odd
Despite having a name like an awful cake - or maybe a dangerous aftershave for old men - Baten Kaitos is, in reality, a very good role playing game. Namco may have to be banned from fox hunting after its mediocre efforts with Star Fox Assault, but they've made amends. And a cake for us all to share, however awful its name may be. We won't bother you with the plot; imagine the plot of every RPG ever, added up and divided by a million. It's likely that it's nothing you won't have seen before, in
With the last exciting titles for the dying GameCube now being transported to Wii (Super Paper Mario, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess), Nintendo seems to be forcing their fans to consider just one option: buy a new console. These days, there just aren't that many games for GameCube-owning Nintendoholics to look forward to. Except one - Baten Kaitos Origins, an RPG sequel that plays its cards right by not only delighting fans of the first quest, but also welcoming newcomers with its
Sometimes you just have to admit that you're not cut out for your career. Hate tweaking cows' nipples? Don't work on a farm. Afraid of heights? Don't be a pilot. Similarly, if all it takes to reduce you to a blubbering wreck is some scaffolding falling over nearby, you're probably not cut out to be a criminal. And if your natural instinct when you're really scared is to throw your away gun - the only thing that could possibly protect you from Batman - it's probably time to think about something
War games, above all else, need to make you feel like you're in the thick of a life-or-death struggle between bitter enemies. Battalion Wars wastes no time in bombing your skull into the charred, corpse-ridden ground, but its squeaky-voiced troops and cartoony presentation make it a hard game to take seriously.
Rather than sticking to the turn-based missions of Advance Wars, Battalion Wars puts you in direct control of your troops. You'll take to the skies with helicopters, jet fighters and
Blast 'em. Use swords. Avoid fire. Power up. Those are the four bullet points made on the back of the Chaos Field package, and as a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up, that's all there is to playing the game.
Jam down the fire button, dodge a billion incoming missiles and hope your ability to mentally track all those projectiles is up to snuff. You've got about three seconds from the time you choose your ship to prepare for a screen completely filled with multicolored bullets, and it only gets
It's rare to find a game that provides so much, but Charlie and the Chocolate Factory does it all: boredom, frustration, irritation, the works. It's not laughably bad because that would mean the developer had actually achieved something. Instead it's just dull and monotonous. There's little reward for doing anything other than hitting the off button. Okay, there's a passing similarity to the movie and there are levels based on the Dahl book that weren't in the film, but that's all it's got
Wednesday 24 May 2006
Robots who love doing household chores are most peoples' dream come true, although the closest we seem to have got so far are ones that imitate dogs or serve us drinks in swanky bars. Chibi-Robo - who you play as - is the future. He's a tiny robot, with a body like a TARDIS for storing sweet wrappers and wastepaper, and a love of scrubbing away at carpet stains.
Life as a house robot is a fairly demanding but rewarding experience. Your overall goal is to earn happy points
After recently popping up all over the place - thanks to a few odd cameos and numerous sporty spin-offs - the Mario gang has invaded yet another franchise; Konamis Dance Dance Revolution
Imagine constantly beating on a pair of plastic bongos to keep Donkey Kong flipping and climbing through some of the prettiest landscape the side-scrolling genre has ever seen. It's like nothing you've played, we assure you. There should be a calorie counter on the bottom of the screen; if you're not sweating after a few stages of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, you're doing something wrong.
Pounding on the drums sends DK right or left, and hitting both simultaneously makes him jump. Thanks to the