Clubhouse Games is one of those games that you pick up to play for a few minutes and end up playing for a few hours

User Rating: 8.6 | Clubhouse Games DS
The game selection available for the Nintendo DS is full of games that are highly addictive, spanning from life simulation games such as Animal Crossing: Wild World to strategy games like Advance Wars: Dual Strike. The DS is loaded with plenty of games that you turn on to play for a few minutes and end up playing for a few hours. Clubhouse Games successfully continues that long standing tradition of providing tons of gameplay hours for anyone who plays it.

Clubhouse Games is a quick way to play many of your favourite games without the hassle of having to pull them out of the cupboard and having to find the space to play them. It is a handy way to play those same great games on the go. You can play alone, against friends and family or any other gamer online. There is always someone ready and willing to play a game with you. It is a great multiplayer game whether you are sitting next to your opponent or playing with someone whom you have never met. The ability to chat with your opponent during the game makes it even more fun to play actual people instead of computers.

There are a total of 42 games available for play in Clubhouse Games, spanning from simple card games to action games with a lot in between. There are in-depth explanations of each and every game featured in Clubhouse Games. This allows you to take advantage of the entire collection of games by giving you the ability to play each game with the knowledge of what exactly is happening.

The gameplay is realistic, you feel as if you are actually playing your favourite card and board games. The utilization of the touch screen is smooth and is completely appropriate for the game. Instead of clicking buttons to play your favourite card and board games, you use your stylus on the touch screen to play your cards, place bets and to navigate from game to game.

There are three single player modes which can be played; Free Play, Stamp and Mission mode. Free Play allows you to play any game you wish for as long or as little as you want. It is the perfect mode when you only have a few minutes to play. The difficulty and number of opponents can be changed by you, giving you the ability to customize the game to your liking. You can make it more challenging or just add in more people, it is really up to you.

Stamp mode is the “story mode” of the game, despite there not being a story it is still quite fun. You go up levels by playing different games, the better you play in each game, the quicker you advance to the next level. The reason it is called stamp mode is because each level requires you to get three stamps for each game before you are able to advance. If you win the game, then you receive all three stamps that are required for that level. If you lose, then you receive one of the three stamps that you need before you can advance. This game clearly awards you for winning; by winning you complete the levels at a quicker pace. However, losing is not the end of the world; it just means that you will have to spend a little more time getting the stamps for that particular game.

The third single player game mode is Mission mode in which you have to complete certain missions within games, an example of this is: “Get rid of all your cards in Spit in less than 90 seconds.” It puts a fun spin on all your favourite games. This mode is enjoyable and offers plenty of gameplay hours by just adding a little challenge to your favourite games.

You can unlock quite a few things in this game including user icons and games. Not all games are available for play from the start. To unlock them you have to obtain all three stamps for that game in Stamp mode. User icons are unlocked by completing missions in Mission mode. User icons are nothing more than something to look at, but it is fun to collect them all. There is a wide variety of user icons to choose from as they span from animals to facial expressions. With these unlockables, Stamp and Mission mode become even more appealing to gamers and successfully mark themselves as a “must play” mode.

The graphics are exactly what is expected for games on the Nintendo DS. They are neither jaw-dropping nor flat out ugly. For card and board games, the graphics are sufficient. They are nothing to boast or complain about; the game is not unpleasant to the eyes nor is it a graphical masterpiece.

The sound in this game is decent, it is not completely terrible, but it is not amazing. Songs tend to get repetitive and the sounds within the games can easily become annoying. More often than not, you will find yourself turning down the sound on the game.

Dollar for dollar this game will give you the most replay value possible. It is available for a modest price of $34.99 Canadian. You cannot go wrong with the purchase of this game. Whether you are playing alone or playing with other humans, it is more likely that you will have to stop playing before you actually want to. The single player game modes are great and can be played for hours on end. The multiplayer modes are just as impressive as they offer up a great game experience for everyone involved. Even when defeated by other human players, this game manages to keep you in a state of happiness.

In short, Clubhouse Games is one of the best collections of games available for any gaming system. Not only does it give you exactly what you expect of it, but it also provides you with so much more. Clubhouse Games is one of those games that you pick up to play for a few minutes and end up playing for a few hours.