Robots

Robots

Even if you are a fan of the movie I would be hard pressed to recommend this game to anyone. This would have felt boring and dated on the Gameboy Advance and it certainly has no place on the Nintendo DS. There are way better offerings than this out there.

Gameplay: This is a lazy port of a cheap movie cash-in.

Graphics: Barely better than on the Gameboy Advance.

Sound: Nothing to write home about

Terrian Saga: KR-17

Terrian Saga: KR-17

If you enjoy classic platforming action where some exploration and puzzle solving is required you will love KR-17. The developers have managed to perfectly capture the audio and visual style of a 90s era title, but made the gameplay accessible enough for modern players. The game still packs a challenge, but keeps things varied to prevent repetition. It is also priced very low, so there is no excuse to not try it out.

Gameplay: A great mixture of platforming, puzzle solving and enemy blasting.

Graphics: The game looks like it was ripped straight out of the 90s.

Sound: A great soundtrack with some nice sound effects thrown in too

Yoshi Touch & Go

Yoshi Touch & Go

As launch titles go Yoshi Touch N Go does a good job of showing off the new features that the DS sports but overall it never feels like it is more than two mini-games. It is definitely fun while it lasts but once you’ve broken the high-scores and played it a few times you’ll find how limited it is.

Gameplay: Addictive but the novelty wears off very quickly.

Graphics: Bright, clear and very colorful.

Sound: Some very “tropical” sounding tunes

Concursion

Concursion

Concursion is definitely a game that will defy expectations. It is not as straightforward as it first appears and the way that five different genres have been combined seamlessly is impressive to say the least. Individually none of the genres would really have stood out, but mixed together they offer gameplay experiences that are just not possible elsewhere. While the visuals are not that great the audio is superb and Concursion offers plenty of challenging content. This is not a game that you will be completing in a hurry.

Gameplay: A challenging, but addictive blend of five different genres and styles.

Graphics: Plenty of variety, but I’m not a big fan of the visual style.

Sound: The soundtrack is great and seamlessly changes along with the playing styles

DLC Quest

DLC Quest

While extremely short, DLC Quest offers enough entertainment considering its low asking price. While it is a satirical look at the state of the gaming industry and its obsession with downloadable content there is enough gameplay here to make the game fun in its own right.

Gameplay: Not very challenging but quite entertaining.

Graphics: Very basic but has a unique charm.

Sound: Some nice retro tunes

Rayman Origins

Rayman Origins

If you don’t like to be challenged and prefer games that you can complete without breaking a sweat, then Rayman Origins is not for you. If you can still remember the days when platform games were a true test of your skills and reflexes then you can’t pass up this game. Origins is one of the best looking and entertaining entries that the genre has seen in recent years and well worth adding to your collection.

Gameplay: Starts off nice and easy, but the challenge soon ramps up.

Graphics: Some of the best 2D visuals seen in a platform game.

Sound: Brilliantly wacky and perfectly suits the look and feel of the game

Kameo: Elements Of Power

Kameo: Elements Of Power

As far as launch titles go Kameo is quite impressive, but if you were expecting something radically new and different be prepared for disappointment. There are some good ideas packed in the game, but the sloppy controls and repetitive gameplay soon show through the pretty visuals. It’s not a complete disaster, but falls short of what it could have been.

Gameplay: The controls let it down a lot, but if you are a platform fan there’s fun to be had.

Graphics: Very good, but the quality is a bit uneven.

Sound: Epic soundtrack, but the usual mediocre voice acting

Guacamelee! Gold Edition

Guacamelee! Gold Edition

I was immediately drawn in by the charming visuals, but it was the gameplay that really hooked me. Combat remains entertaining without becoming tedious and the platform sections manage to mix in some brain teasers along with the precision jumping. It is very encouraging to see gems like this emerge from an already crowded genre, so don’t hesitate to snag this game.

Gameplay: This game is a joy to play.

Graphics: Crisp, detailed and very stylish visuals.

Sound: Packed with earworms!

MURI

MURI

If you remember the classic DOS era platformers such as Duke Nukem, Commander Keen and Bio Menace then you will love Muri. Everything from the visuals and sound right down to the frame rate is a homage to these early titles. It is rare to see a title embrace these kinds of limitations so faithfully and still manage to deliver an entertaining experience.

Gameplay: Perfectly captures the run-and-gun platforming feel of a DOS era title.

Graphics: 16-Color EGA at its best.

Sound: Faithfully recreates the PC speaker sounds

Wooden Sen’SeY

Wooden Sen’SeY

Wooden Sen’SeY is perfect for gamers looking for an old school platform challenge but prefer modern visuals. With nine unique and varied levels as well as an addictive Time Attack mode, there is a lot to like about Wooden Sen’SeY. It can all be over a bit soon if you rush the game, but completionists will be busy for ages.

Gameplay: Old school platform action at its best.

Graphics: Beautiful and varied.

Sound: Very fitting tunes for each level