Reviews and Problems with Another Code: Two Memories
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10 September 2010
Excerpt: Developer - Cing Inc. & Nintendo Publisher - Nintendo Features 1 Player (single player mode) Touch Screen Compatible Microphone Compatible Cartridge Save Trace Memory is a point and click adventure game that has the advantage of portability. Something that is really evident in this game is that the developers have utilized the entire list of special features that are available on the DS, but amongst this positive is the fact that the use of the all the special features...
Excerpt: When thinking of the Nintendo DS platform as a whole, a few well known standout genres typically come to mind right away: RPG, simulation, education, 2D/3D platforming, minigame, and even the somewhat revived point-and-click/text-based adventure genre. It’s truly great to have so many well known titles to pick from from these genres, but unfortunately this creates somewhat of a cannibal effect among games to that particular genre.
Excerpt: In life, there is always a debate of quantity versus quality. Some people prefer the idea of an all you can eat buffet for 5 bucks, because you can eat to your heart's content even if the food isn't that great. Others would prefer their 5 bucks spent on a tiny portion of an amazing edible. It goes similarly in gaming; you spend $20-$50 on a game but how do you determine its value for the money to you?
Excerpt: Trace Memory for the Nintendo DS is a bold take on what an adventure game can be, and it provides a whole new take on the concept of "all killer, no filler." Trace Memory clocks in at a very brief five or six hours, which is definitely not the norm in gaming these days, but those are some of the most enjoyable five or six hours we've seen in an adventure game. Our resident academic gamer, Laurie Taylor, takes a look at this unique title.
Pros: ups: great use of stylus, shows what the ds can do, intriguing storyline,
Conclusion: The DS touchscreen is a natural for this kind of game – the stylus doubles easily for a mouse, which you point and click (tap, actually) various objects in the environment. As Ashley walks around the world – using an overhead view – the upper screen displays the area as a static picture. When an area of interest pops-up, you tap on the “lool” icon in the top-right of the touchscreen to bring the static image down so the area can be investigated.
Conclusion: While little information is known about “Another”, the game appears to be a new Nintendo franchise. There’s not much known about the storyline of the game, all we know is that the main character is a girl named Ashley. Ashley finds herself at a secret government research facility located on Blood Edward Island. Her mother died in an accident and her father is missing.
Pros: Excellent use of various DS features, Great artwork, Interesting story, Replayability in an Adventure Game!
Cons: A damned slide-the-tiles-around puzzle, Inability to get items until you need them may be confusing, Some puzzle hints are a bit too vague, Some scenes don't update when items are changed or removed