Touchmaster Hands-On

All that time you waste playing with that crazy touch-screen trivia game at the local bar is about to pay off--big-time.

If you've spent any time in a respectable drinking establishment, chances are you've seen a Touchmaster. These are the touch screen-operated tabletop machines that sit upon many a bar, offering trivia, poker, and several other simple games that can be enjoyed by the sober and intoxicated alike. Have you ever noticed how the Nintendo DS also has a touch screen? Midway certainly has, and now it's preparing a Nintendo DS version of its supremely popular tabletop games.

Touchmaster DS will contain 23 different games, including solitaire, a trivia game with more than 20,000 questions, a skill-based basketball shooting game called Hot Hoops, a sort of Othello-like game known as Artifact, and more. Each game is very simple and uses only the touch screen for play. Like its bar-based brother, Touchmaster DS seems like it could be fairly addictive. On top of playing the games, you'll be able to upload your high scores online and see how you rank. And there will be a tournament mode, which is still in development. One potential idea for tournament mode is that each player would be given a game under the same conditions--for example, cards would be in the same order in a solitaire game--and the scores are uploaded to a separate tournament board after you play.

Touchmaster is scheduled for release on the Nintendo DS in June.

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Jeff Gerstmann has been professionally covering the video game industry since 1994.

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Discussion

13 comments
doreensum
doreensum

Yeah, I wish it has photo hunt...it's my favourite..

lil_loiter
lil_loiter

My Question is: Where is Photo Hunt?

daviwinn
daviwinn

Sweet, I've spent a ton playing these things. Online leader boards too, I agree with supercrap1, this is what the DS was made for. If anyone hasn't played one of these games yet, try it out. Just be sure you bring plenty of $1 bills.

nectareous
nectareous

Something worth looking into to kill time for short game plays! Unlike some of the games once you start its hard to get off. Need to wait for more info I think.. :/

palomaydarla
palomaydarla

sounds oddly addictive... but repetitive and boring... buy it just if you like it

ardavies1
ardavies1

The big question is, how will it stack up to Clubhouse Games / 42 All-Time Classics?

couchpotatotwin
couchpotatotwin

Man, I remember playing this game and using all my quarters to get high scores on Solitaire. I'm definitely gonna buy this game to quelch my addiction. Brilliant idea!

supercrap1
supercrap1

Finally! This is what the DS was made for, and it'll save me a fortune at the bar.

davahsa
davahsa

THERE IS NOTHING HERE ABOUT NAKED LADIES! ANY ONE OLD ENOUGH TO BE FAMILIAR WITH THESE GAMES WOULD QUESTION THAT! WTF!

gohantech00
gohantech00

Hot damn, I remember playing this ish back in the day. This is gonna own.

icym
icym

Worth checking into... something while you're waiting at the airport to kill time with???