Polarium

Polarium

Polarium has an interesting premise but never becomes as addictive as something like Tetris would. The basics are very easy to grasp and the game simple to play, but even at a low price it just doesn’t feel like value for money. If you are tired of other puzzle game and yearn for something new, then check this out but don’t expect it to last.

Gameplay: Different but just not as addictive as I had hoped.

Graphics: Looks like it was done on the original Gameboy.

Sound: It’s ok, but nothing really stood out

Daigasso! Band Brothers

Daigasso! Band Brothers

A rhythm game on the DS might sound like a strange choice but it definitely works. Utilizing every button and the touch screen things get way more hectic than in any guitar hero or rock band game. The midi tunes sound great and there’s enough variety to keep you playing for a long time. As long as you can get over the language barrier that is.

Gameplay: If you like rhythm games then you’ll love this.

Graphics: Not much going on visually but then again that’s not the focus.

Sound: Some really great tunes

Feel the Magic: XY/XX

Feel the Magic: XY/XX

Feel The Magic XY/XX is a great showcase of the DS capabilities, but its definitely let down but its length. Essentially a collection of mini-games that make good use of the touch screen and microphone to test your skills it does become a bit repetitive and there’s not much to keep you coming back once you’ve completed it.

Gameplay: Wacky and unique mini-games.

Graphics: Has a very stylish retro look and feel.

Sound: Charming and catchy

Pac-Pix

Pac-Pix

This game started out life as a tech-demo and while it has been fleshed out a bit it still loses its shine too soon. The gameplay is novel enough, but after a few hours of just drawing Pac-Men you might find yourself yearning for something with a bit more depth.

Gameplay: The novelty factor is high, but the concept soon becomes tiresome.

Graphics: About as good as you can draw Pac-Man.

Sound: The tunes trigger some nostalgia

Bomberman

Bomberman

Even with 100 levels the single player mode is still a breeze to complete. Fortunately, there is a nice meaty multi-player mode for you to sink your teeth into. With up to eight players being able to play from a single cart this is excellent value for money and will keep you playing for quite some time.

Gameplay: You really need to play this in multiplayer to get the most out of it.

Graphics: Bright, colorfull and very retro looking.

Sound: Typical Bomberman stuff

Mr. Driller Drill Spirits

Mr. Driller Drill Spirits

Mr. Driller is not a bad game and it certainly has some addictive qualities, but there’s just nothing here to justify buying it on the DS. Better puzzle games that make full use of the DS capabilities will soon come along so only get this if you are really a fan of the character and genre.

Gameplay: Arcade gaming with a puzzle twist.

Graphics: Bright and colorful but that’s about it.

Sound: Bad voice acting and annoying sound effects

Pokémon Dash

Pokémon Dash

Pokémon Dash is the epitome of a cheap cash-in. Without the Pokémon license this game would barely have been worth a glance and even with it not much is added to the game. Even if you are a huge fan of Pokémon this game simply offers nothing that will keep you interested for long.

Gameplay: The novelty wears off very quickly and the gameplay is extremely repetitive.

Graphics: Very basic and not a very good showcase of the DS abilities.

Sound: Very forgettable

Nanostray

Nanostray

It is not without its faults but Nanostray is a pretty impressive debut shooter for the Nintendo DS. Longevity is definitely an issue but the game is fun while it lasts. The 3D backgrounds also show what the handheld is capable of so hopefully this will not be the last time we see a game of this type on the system.

Gameplay: A blast for shooter fans but a bit short.

Graphics: Pretty spectacular by DS standards.

Sound: Very fitting for the game

Zoo Keeper

Zoo Keeper

If you enjoy puzzle games that requires a keen eye and quick reflexes then give Zoo Keeper a try. It’s not going to win any awards for the visuals and sounds but the gameplay is addictive enough to warrant a purchase. The stylus controls fit the game perfectly and you’ll be surprised by how quickly you can get sucked in.

Gameplay: Simple but very addictive. Works well with the touch screen too.

Graphics: Extremely basic but cute and colorful.

Sound: Too annoying and repetitive

Kirby: Power Paintbrush

Kirby: Power Paintbrush

With so many DS titles feeling like rehashed Gameboy Advance games it is great to see this ones like this finally start to emerge. It uses the same formula first seen in Yoshi Touch N Go but evolves it into a full fledged game. It comes highly recommended to all platform fans.

Gameplay: Full stylus control throughout makes for an interesting challenge.

Graphics: Very nice 2D visuals.

Sound: Cheerful and uplifting