User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.39/10

Total of 88 user reviews spread across 88 releases

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  • User Rating:7.5
    Contains enough originality to separate it from the many brain-training clones in the marketplace today.

    Brain Training for Dummies

    Contains enough originality to separate it from the many brain-training clones in the marketplace today.

    Since the "Edutainment" genre hit its stride with games like Brain Age and Big Brain Academy on the Nintendo DS, it seems that not a day goes by without a new mental-acuity-boosting title being released for public consum... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4.5
    A less than mediocre experience suitable only for die-hard fans of the franchise.

    Avatar - The Last Airbender: Into the Inferno

    A less than mediocre experience suitable only for die-hard fans of the franchise.

    Avatar the Last Airbender debuted on Nickelodeon in 2005 and has since become one of the network's most popular franchises. Based in a world where individuals can harness the power of the four Earthly elements: fire, win... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    One that showed a lot of promise but fell short almost immediately out of the gate.

    Tornado V (SuperLite 2500)

    One that showed a lot of promise but fell short almost immediately out of the gate.

    Ever since I first played Katamari Damacy back in 2004, I've been a big fan of such games that task players with collecting every item in their path to serve some overall purpose. While the games in the Katamari Damacy f... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Continues in the addictive tradition of other SingStar titles.

    SingStar Country

    Continues in the addictive tradition of other SingStar titles.

    There's no questioning SingStar's dominance over the karaoke video game scene. While other franchises do exist (like Karaoke Revolution, for example), it seems that no other franchise has been able to achieve the same "p... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Offers enough fan service and addictive music to keep most fans of the franchise up off of the couch for months to come.

    High School Musical 3: Senior Year DANCE!

    Offers enough fan service and addictive music to keep most fans of the franchise up off of the couch for months to come.

    I don't know who the masterminds are behind developing new projects at Disney, but they definitely do their jobs well. It seems everything Disney has released in the past few years as turned to gold. Shows like Lizzie Mc... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Offers a versatile mix in a very easy to pick-up-and-play setting.

    Hasbro Family Game Night

    Offers a versatile mix in a very easy to pick-up-and-play setting.

    Back in 1998, Hasbro Games developed their "Family Game Night" campaign, which targeted busy families with the goal being to encourage parents and their children to take one night each week out of their hectic schedules ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    A nice companion to the franchise's online counterpart.

    Bella Sara

    A nice companion to the franchise's online counterpart.

    After following Hidden City Games' line of Bella Sara trading cards (and the online gameplay that goes along with it) for the past couple of years, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised to here that the experience w... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:9
    THIS is how you make a game aimed at girls.

    Princess Debut

    THIS is how you make a game aimed at girls.

    Being a fan of both rhythm games and all things Japanese, it shouldn't come as a shock to hear that upon learning about Princess Debut, I was immediately intrigued. Princess Debut falls into the category of otome video g... Read Full Review

    8 of 8 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Is, for the most part, as addictive as its predecessors, albeit with a noticeable increase in difficulty.

    Pipe Mania

    Is, for the most part, as addictive as its predecessors, albeit with a noticeable increase in difficulty.

    In gaming today, there are a few formulas that have stood the test of time. World War II first-person-shooters, for instance, will always have an audience, as will every version of Tetris to be released. Fitting into thi... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:1.5
    Gender stereotypes anyone?

    Licca-Chan DS: Onna no Ko Lesson: Oshare mo Oshigoto mo Omakase!

    Gender stereotypes anyone?

    One would probably think that as a girl gamer, I would be excited about the idea of games that are aimed at females. And while this may be the case with more casual games like Fashion Solitaire for instance, when I come ... Read Full Review

    1 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    A variety of cute mini-games that are worth playing even if you're not an established fan of the toy line.

    Littlest Pet Shop: Winter

    A variety of cute mini-games that are worth playing even if you're not an established fan of the toy line.

    In the girl-specific toy market, three big names first come to my mind: Barbie, Bratz, and Littlest Pet Shop. While Bratz and Barbies are obviously comparable, Littlest Pet Shop presents young girls with an entirely diff... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    While not the first in the genre, it offers enough ease to make it accessible to even the youngest gamers in the family.

    Animal Paradise

    While not the first in the genre, it offers enough ease to make it accessible to even the youngest gamers in the family.

    When walking down the greeting card aisle at your local supermarket, you've probably passed by more than a few cards with the focus of a normally domesticated animal, like a cat or dog, against a white background, where ... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    The lack of replayability is disappointing, but doesn't lessen the great time you can have while the game lasts.

    Unsolved Crimes

    The lack of replayability is disappointing, but doesn't lessen the great time you can have while the game lasts.

    After attending a conference call for Unsolved Crimes last month, I had been eagerly awaiting my chance to step into an interactive version of one of my favorite television genres – the ever-popular crime drama. With sho... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    If you are among the VERY limited target audience, there is definitely enough fun here to keep you entertained.

    Lifetime Fashion Solitaire

    If you are among the VERY limited target audience, there is definitely enough fun here to keep you entertained.

    When you think about Lifetime Television Network, you probably think of made-for-TV movies filled with sweeping romances and other matters of the heart. What probably doesn't come to your mind, however, is the concept of... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.5
    Too difficult for most of those within the target age range.

    Brain Quest Grades 5 & 6

    Too difficult for most of those within the target age range.

    To continue with the current theme of brain training video games that have been released over the past few years, EA has given the popular book franchise "Brain Quest" new life by releasing two titles for the Nintendo DS... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Truly educational content, perfect even for those beyond 4th grade.

    Brain Quest Grades 3 & 4

    Truly educational content, perfect even for those beyond 4th grade.

    With the success rate of most of the brain training, memory building or otherwise educational games released for the DS over the past few years, it's no surprise that another contender would step into the ring to try and... Read Full Review

    0 of 0 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    A fun platformer, with gameplay suitable for anyone, whether they're Spongebob fans or not.

    Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition

    A fun platformer, with gameplay suitable for anyone, whether they're Spongebob fans or not.

    While from the outset, the two worlds of the Drawn to Life video game franchise and the Spongebob Squarepants television series may seem to have little in common, they are in fact a perfect match. During a season two epi... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:4.5
    Too simplistic, downright ugly, filled with cheesy puns and one-liners...need I go on?

    Red Bull BC One

    Too simplistic, downright ugly, filled with cheesy puns and one-liners...need I go on?

    I'll have to admit that I had never heard of the Red Bull BC One Championships before picking up Ignition's newest offering for the DS. In fact, by referring to break dancing as anything other than "break dancing", I bec... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    A fun game lies in wait for those that can handle its difficulty.

    Bangai-O Spirits

    A fun game lies in wait for those that can handle its difficulty.

    I have to admit that I was completely oblivious to the Bangai-O franchise before playing Bangai-O Spirits on the DS. Since I never had a Nintendo 64, and my experience with the Dreamcast has been limited to the past two ... Read Full Review

    1 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Wall-E may not be on par with the best platforming titles ever created, but it does offer a lot of fun while it lasts.

    WALL-E

    Wall-E may not be on par with the best platforming titles ever created, but it does offer a lot of fun while it lasts.

    I think it's pretty safe to assume that all of us have heard of the harsh reputation associated with movie-based video games and that, for the most part, that reputation has definitely been earned. Most movie based games... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Dangerously addictive, yet simplistic gameplay that everyone can enjoy!

    Cake Mania 2: Jill's Next Adventure!

    Dangerously addictive, yet simplistic gameplay that everyone can enjoy!

    While I would like to consider myself a pretty well-rounded gamer, I have to admit that there are certain genres that pull me in more than most. Not that this is a bad thing, mind you, as everyone has their favorites, bu... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5
    Throws everything good about the first game straight out the window.

    Code Lyoko: Fall of X.A.N.A.

    Throws everything good about the first game straight out the window.

    Released back in May of 2007, the first Code Lyoko game offered fans of the television series of the same name an opportunity to interact with their favorite characters from the franchise. Now, a bit more than a year lat... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Head back to the island paradise of Isola to solve the mystery of the lost children!

    Virtual Villagers 2: The Lost Children

    Head back to the island paradise of Isola to solve the mystery of the lost children!

    The Virtual Villagers franchise is one I approached in a really inappropriate order. My first experience with the brand was in the game's third and newest installment, The Secret City. After spending quite a bit of time ... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Only recommended for those who don't mind doing the exact same thing 20 or 30 times in a row.

    Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop 3

    Only recommended for those who don't mind doing the exact same thing 20 or 30 times in a row.

    The Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop series debuted on the DS back in 2006. Now in its third installment, appropriately named Corner Shop 3 allows players to venture back into TamaTown and take over various shops in an... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    One of those great sequels that require zero experience with the prior installments in order to fully enjoy the game.

    Virtual Villagers 3: The Secret City

    One of those great sequels that require zero experience with the prior installments in order to fully enjoy the game.

    The first two games in the Virtual Villagers franchise introduced players to a beautiful Pacific paradise on the island of Isola. Both games challenged players to create thriving villages using whatever means necessary. ... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Especially recommended for those without access to the PC original.

    Myst

    Especially recommended for those without access to the PC original.

    For many gamers, the original MYST back on the PC was probably their first great foray into the adventure drama. In what turns out to be both a positive and a negative in my case, I missed out on playing the original ver... Read Full Review

    3 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Repetitive (albeit intuitive) gameplay mixes with a whole lot of Engrish in this one...

    SNK vs. Capcom Card Fighters DS

    Repetitive (albeit intuitive) gameplay mixes with a whole lot of Engrish in this one...

    When it comes to fan service, few franchises do it better than the SNK vs. Capcom titles. With such a large array of characters and games to choose from, it's no surprise that players should be able to find and play as /... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    Even though the repetitive gameplay remains, Explorers of Time is a great improvement over its predecessors.

    Pokemon Fushigi no Dungeon: Toki no Tankentai

    Even though the repetitive gameplay remains, Explorers of Time is a great improvement over its predecessors.

    Back in 2006, Pokémon fanatics worldwide rejoiced at the thought of being able to leave their trainer days behind and enter the real world of Pokémon in the first set of Mystery Dungeon titles. Upon its release, I review... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:3
    Could have been so much more...

    M&M's Kart Racing

    Could have been so much more...

    When you think of chocolates, a few big brand names probably come to mind � Hershey, Snickers, Milky Way, and probably even M&M's as well. Now while I like M&M's as a colorful snack time treat as much as the next ... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7.5
    Perfect for young girls and horse enthusiasts alike.

    Championship Pony

    Perfect for young girls and horse enthusiasts alike.

    Horse-themed video games have become more and more popular over the last few years, especially with the advent of the Nintendo DS, and the realization by developers that more little girls are finding gaming an acceptable... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    While the game has its fair share of positives, the amount of customization options here could have been easier to use.

    Fi-Pro Returns

    While the game has its fair share of positives, the amount of customization options here could have been easier to use.

    Say what you will about professional wrestling. You can call it fake, boring and even pointless, but you'll never change the appreciation I have for this form of sports entertainment. There was nothing I liked better as ... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:5.5
    The level of difficulty here will probably be a deal breaker for most. Rent it first to find out.

    Double Sequence: The Q-Virus Invasion

    The level of difficulty here will probably be a deal breaker for most. Rent it first to find out.

    With Double Sequence, DSI Games adds another offering to the growing list of casual puzzle experiences available on the DS today. However, the game as a whole is a lot more than initially meets the eye, and with a comple... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    If you want a good ol' fighting game to satisfy the urge of punching someone in the face, World Heroes Anthology works.

    World Heroes Gorgeous (NeoGeo Online Collection Vol. 9)

    If you want a good ol' fighting game to satisfy the urge of punching someone in the face, World Heroes Anthology works.

    For most lifelong gamers from my generation and the last, many an important memory comes in the form of marathon sessions at the arcade spent jamming quarters into various games from the side-scrolling shooter and fighti... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Perfect for fans, but flawed enough to deter the unfamiliar.

    Naruto: Shinobi Retsuden

    Perfect for fans, but flawed enough to deter the unfamiliar.

    While I wouldn't consider myself a huge fan of the Naruto series, I know enough to be interested when a portable fighting game based on the hugely popular franchise comes my way. Naruto: Ninja Destiny is definitely a ... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    Great for kids just getting into gaming, or for easily amused adults / Disney fans like myself.

    Disney Friends

    Great for kids just getting into gaming, or for easily amused adults / Disney fans like myself.

    I've always been a nut for anything Disney. Call it childish if you'd like, but there's something about wholesome animated characters that just makes my heart warm. So, needless to say, when I learned Disney Interactive ... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:6.5
    Fine for hardcore fans of the Bratz universe; a pass for everyone else.

    Bratz: Super Babyz

    Fine for hardcore fans of the Bratz universe; a pass for everyone else.

    As a kid, you're always told to never judge a book by its cover; that you need to actually experience something before you form an opinion on it. For the most part, I have followed this motto, so I was shocked when I fou... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Leaves something to be desired for those who are unfamiliar with the RTS genre.

    Command And Destroy

    Leaves something to be desired for those who are unfamiliar with the RTS genre.

    Where most real time strategy games allow players to build and design their own empires, usually by conquering a nation or planet, few let you play the game from both the perspective of the conqueror and the conquered. H... Read Full Review

    3 of 3 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8.5
    A funny and enjoyable side-scroller great for "on the go" gaming.

    Barnyard Blast: Swine of the Night

    A funny and enjoyable side-scroller great for "on the go" gaming.

    With all of the focus today on impressive three-dimensional simulations and frighteningly realistic graphics, it's a great escape to take a trip back in time to the classic 2D side-scrolling shooters from yesteryear. Thi... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:7
    Provides a worthwhile, educational experience appropriate for gamers young and old - Just don't expect perfection.<br />

    Pet Pals: Animal Doctor

    Provides a worthwhile, educational experience appropriate for gamers young and old - Just don't expect perfection.<br />

    Pet Pals: Animal Doctor is based on a simple premise: you take the role of an inexperienced veterinarian in a busy animal clinic, where you must diagnose and treat a variety of animals ranging from your basic cats and do... Read Full Review

    2 of 2 users found the following review helpful
  • User Rating:8
    If you're like me, and can never find anyone to play a table-top game with you, playing on the DS is the way to go!

    Clue / Mouse Trap / Perfection / Aggravation

    If you're like me, and can never find anyone to play a table-top game with you, playing on the DS is the way to go!

    I love game compilations. I simply adore them. They're like getting something for nothing, and who doesn't like free stuff? Make the compilation out of board games, and you've scored even higher in my book. I would love ... Read Full Review

    4 of 4 users found the following review helpful