Thursday, 5 April 2012

DS Downloadable Games vol. 3 [DS REVIEW] [QUICK&SHORT]


+++ PROS +++
  • Simple and effective play mechanic - you press 1 button to fly upwards - press for longer to fly higher.
  • Use this to swoop and dive, avoiding a weird and wonderful assortment of "enemies"
  • Enemies include jumping sharks, flying dolphins, floating skulls and puffer fish. All in the same level too.
  • Nice graphics serve the purpose well - although not amazing
  • 2 player mode too - one uses the top screen and the other uses the bottom screen. This can get a little confusing though
  • Cheap - only £1.80 on DSi Store
  • Infuriatingly catchy soundtrack will stay in your head for weeks.

--- CONS ---
  • Your flight path to avoid some of the enemies can be a bit ambiguous - sometimes it seems only flying through the bottom of one enemy will get you through
  • Hard to master - takes at least half an hour to get through the first 5 levels safely - and when you lose you have to start right from the beginning
  • Infuriatingly catchy soundtrack will stay in your head for weeks.


+++ PROS +++
  • Bright and colourful strategy puzzler game
  • On the surface is just a "Match-3" game but actually has some deeper mechanics to work out
  • Novel gameplay and design - you must move your character around a grid map by attacking nearby enemies. When you attack, you will also defeat all adjacent enemies of the same colour and earn colour points.
  • By defeating the enemies in the right order - and choosing the right colours to go for at the right times - you can earn enough points to pull off special moves and get even bigger bonuses and treasures.
  • Enough levels to play through with 3 different (albeit fairly similar) characters - so you can kill a few hours with this. 

--- CONS ---
  • Not too cheap for what you get - £4.50 on DSi Store
  • Claims to have "RPG elements". In reality it just uses some basic RPG philosophy, fight for as long as you can until your health goes down - then run and heal/save
  • Not really any incentive for playing through the levels - there is just the satisfaction of unlocking all the levels but certainly not what you'd expect from an "RPG puzzler"


+++ PROS +++
  • Basic zombie shooter with plenty of charm and appeal
  • Cheap - only £1.80 on DSi Store
  • 3 levels and 3 difficulty settings for each - and it is worth giving each of them a go!
  • Easy is good for a laugh, just take some rage out on some zombies
  • Hard is a challenge - you'll either need to have lightning reflexes or employ clever use of weaponry
  • Nice variety of weapons - shotguns, machine guns, grenades, mines, molotovs, melee 
  • And a diverse bunch of enemies to use them on!
  • 4 characters to choose from - each with their own dialogue
  • Plenty of choice for how to approach levels too - do you search for survivors to help you or just go commando?
  • LOADS of medals to unlock - sort of like achievements on Xbox or trophies on PS3 - these are awarded for things like level completes or not using special weapons or taking no damage

--- CONS ---
  • Simplistic graphics can make it difficult to see what exactly is going on when the screen fills up with baddies and explosions
  • Sometimes the end-level bosses can wipe out everyone in your party very quickly - leading to some distressing game overs
  • Sometimes the zombies can be a braindead? They just stand there and wait for you to kill them. Not that I'm complaining that much or anything....

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