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Kirby: Canvas Curse (DS)

Kirby: Canvas Curse review (DS)

Reviewed on August 05, 2009

I was going to say that Kirby: Canvas Curse does for the touch screen what Super Mario 64 did for the analog stick, but that isn’t right. The latter standardized the concept of movement in a three-dimensional space and is now the model for console games, whereas the former has been out for over four years now, and I still have yet to witness anything else like it. Rightly so, too – flipping Samus into perpetual morph ball mode and guiding her around the screen with a hand-drawn ...
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Flower, Sun, and Rain (DS)

Flower, Sun, and Rain review (DS)

Reviewed on July 29, 2009

Sumio immediately finds the entire island is stuck in a time loop, though he perceives it as a sort of dream. Every morning he rises with his singular goal in mind, but he always gets sidetracked by an unrelated request. Hell, it takes him a week's worth of days just to make it outside the hotel grounds. Once his daily task is completed, the doomed airliner explodes overhead, right on schedule. Time for the next wakeup call.
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Dawn of Discovery (DS)

Dawn of Discovery review (DS)

Reviewed on July 26, 2009

What sets Dawn of Discovery apart from many of its peers is the focus on multiple regions. It's never enough to just settle a single island, since certain resources are always out of reach until you expand to another island. This wrinkle adds a surprising amount of depth and forces a level of strategy that feels quite unique. The big difference isn't so much that you sail around the ocean—which sounds significant but ultimately isn't—but rather that you have to account for delays and you have to prioritize how you expand your empire.
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Metal Slug 7 (DS)

Metal Slug 7 review (DS)

Reviewed on July 15, 2009

Not the handheld trainwreck you might have been expecting.
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PDC World Championship Darts (DS)

PDC World Championship Darts review (DS)

Reviewed on June 29, 2009

You're not going to like PDC World Championship Darts 2009 unless you like darts. It's not like FIFA, where even if you don't watch or play football you can still enjoy the game. With PDC 09, you need to have a passing interest in the real thing before you even think about enjoying yourself. Even then, though, you're not likely to get much enjoyment from it.
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The Legendary Starfy (DS)

The Legendary Starfy review (DS)

Reviewed on June 27, 2009

In case you're not satisfied with a diet of constant platforming and a steady trickle of new abilities, there are a variety of diversions along the way. For example, one stage finds Starfy rolled into a snowball. He'll barrel downhill and you have to move and jump—in the limited fashion available—to avoid falling into fatal gaps. Another break from the norm comes in the form of a series of mine cart rides where you can flip switches to raise the water level (good if you want to leap the widest chasms) while avoiding destructive bits of the landscape. Thanks to solid level design and a variety of neat puzzles, such moments aren't strictly necessary to keep the game engaging.
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Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator: World Championship 2009 (DS)

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's Stardust Accelerator: World Championship 2009 review (DS)

Reviewed on June 25, 2009

If you’re a Yu-Gi-Oh fan and know the ins and outs of the rules, you’ll most likely find a decent title in World Championship 2009. But, if your experience with the trading card franchise is non-existent, you’re going to have a much tougher time playing through and enjoying the game.
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Junior Classic Games (DS)

Junior Classic Games review (DS)

Reviewed on June 20, 2009

Split into six differing categories, each of the thirty mini games is bright, colourful and wrapped around a strong animal motif that’s not overly complicated nor tinged with the disappointing “you’re doing your homework for fun!” aftertaste so many of the more traditional brain-trainers feel obliged to wallow in.
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Hidden Objects: Mystery Stories (DS)

Hidden Objects: Mystery Stories review (DS)

Reviewed on June 20, 2009

Mystery Stories’ biggest problem is how it seems to want you to believe it’s something more than a game that presents you with a cluttered room then asks you to point out semi-hidden items with your stylus because, as far as games of this ilk go, this title is a competent and sometimes enjoyable take.
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Knights in the Nightmare (DS)

Knights in the Nightmare review (DS)

Reviewed on June 16, 2009

King Wilmgard is dead. The cause was conspiracy, and his castle was rotten with it. It’s kind of ironic, in a way; the most beneficent and beloved ruler in centuries, undone by the corrupt ambitions of his most trusted peers. But the tragedy didn’t just end with him. The country’s demise was almost as brutal and merciless as that of its king. The Knights of St. Celestina - along with anyone else loyal to their murdered leader - have been exterminated, right down to the last squire. They were sla...
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Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Council 4 (DS)

Naruto Shippuden: Ninja Council 4 review (DS)

Reviewed on June 16, 2009

Ninja Council 4 is a lean, focused story dressed in a new wardrobe. Unfortunately, the game has become too thin. Wi-fi multiplayer, prominent in the original Japanese version, has been dropped from the North American release. Fans forced to approach the game as a purely single-player experience will find some of its hottest new assets locked away.
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I Love Beauty: Hollywood Makeover (DS)

I Love Beauty: Hollywood Makeover review (DS)

Reviewed on June 16, 2009

Beauty is really about style. I Love Beauty: Hollywood Makeover is about the drudgery of applying makeup.
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Steal Princess (DS)

Steal Princess review (DS)

Reviewed on June 07, 2009

Even though it's an interesting game, Steal Princess's overly complex, touchy controls tarnish the experience, and map creation is a spectacular failure. On the other hand, the game does feature excruciatingly dull story scenes mixed among its 150 stages!
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Elite Forces: Unit 77 (DS)

Elite Forces: Unit 77 review (DS)

Reviewed on June 03, 2009

Considering that the enemies pose no threat, basic ammunition is unlimited, and you virtually trip over medkits around every corner, you’d think Elite Forces is an easy game, right? But it isn’t, simply because things go wrong. Maybe Bill will die because he got caught in front of a gatling gun and the constant stream of bullets prevented him from using a medkit. Perhaps Kendra will decide on her own to move forward a couple of feet and detonate a mine that T.K. was disabling. Weird flukes in the design and AI contradict Deep Silver’s effort to keep the interface clean and intuitive, and above all else, Elite Forces strikes me as a very inconsistent game.
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Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier (DS)

Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier review (DS)

Reviewed on June 02, 2009

RPGs are stereotyped as one of the more intellectual game genres, all about story and plot and meaning. Endless Frontier bucks this stereotype pretty hard. It’s a self-consciously dopey, disposable sort of story that’s little more than an excuse to string dungeons and boss encounters together. Much of the plot’s appeal is meant to rest in its nature as a sly crossover that puts Namco x Capcom, Super Robot Taisen OG2, Super Robot Taisen alpha 3, Xenosaga, and many other games into a single “multiversal” setting.
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The Dark Spire (DS)

The Dark Spire review (DS)

Reviewed on May 23, 2009

Contrary to word-of-mouth, this isn't a Wizardry-style journey. It certainly pays homage to its legendary predecessor, but its wicked sense of humor and creepy atmosphere lend the adventure a personality all its own. The Dark Spire is an artistic, engrossing RPG that achieves immersion via intense exploration, puzzle-solving, and surprisingly addictive level-grinding. It's an experience, but more importantly, it is game.
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Touch Detective (DS)

Touch Detective review (DS)

Reviewed on May 19, 2009

First off, this game is by Atlus, so of course it’s going to offer something fresh. This game is so cutesy and fun, and it’s available portably for the Nintendo DS. The DS seems like a perfect platform for more point-and-click titles and I was really excited when I was first reading about this one, despite its mixed reviews. I was definitely not disappointed because this game is a genuinely fun experience that’s easy-going, but still retains a level of difficulty with certain puzzles.
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Dokapon Journey (DS)

Dokapon Journey review (DS)

Reviewed on May 19, 2009

Perhaps the most disappointing difference this time around is that winning against your rivals is no longer an opportunity to serve a huge dish of delicious humiliation. One of the best things about Dokapon Kingdom was the number of ways in which you could poke fun at a rival after besting him in battle. Here, things seem more straight-forward. You can still rob a liberated town or steal a purse full of gold, but that's not as exciting as—and you'll pardon me, I hope, if this sounds juvenile—giving someone a poo-shaped hairstyle.
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Touch Detective 2˝ (DS)

Touch Detective 2˝ review (DS)

Reviewed on May 11, 2009

As a budding super sleuth, Mackenzie has successfully recovered many missing objects, but now she's finally found her inner voice. In her previous adventure, the titular Touch Detective stared out blankly from the top screen, with wide eyes and an ashen face. Right beside her, a perpetually empty thought-bubble sucked in all the energy of the otherwise crazy cast and wacky cases. Every moment was hers to shine, and she failed miserably. In Touch Detective 2˝, that bubble is fil...
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Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride (DS)

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride review (DS)

Reviewed on May 10, 2009

Narrative strength is one of two important elements that make Dragon Quest V such an adventure. Monster recruitment is the other. As you wander the land, you'll defeat all manner of beasts that should be familiar to those who have been enjoying the franchise from the beginning. Sometimes, you'll have the opportunity to add those creatures to your army. They'll fight by your side, whether you choose a feisty little brownie or a healer or even a fierce golem. Much of the game is spent with only a few human companions available—as dictated by the furiously twisting plot—so your path to success requires that you cultivate working relationships with monsters.
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