Excerpt: The zombie apocalypse has arrived so lock your doors and barricade your windows, or plant some sunflowers and pea shooters in your back yard and defend your honor. Plants versus zombies finally hit the Nintendo DS and yours truly had the honor of spending hours playing through this cult phenomenon. No title since the horrid Farmville has reached more people and become such a fixation for gamers everywhere.
Excerpt: Plants vs. Zombies has been an absolute winner for Popcap Games on the Apple platforms, PC and Xbox Live, so it was just a matter of time before it would head to Nintendo�s insanely popular handheld. Granted, it�s not as exciting as a 3D version of the game for the upcoming 3DS, but the addictive nature of the gameplay is enough to hook any casual gamer into playing for hours upon hours. The presentation is very simple and doesn�t really require any narrative.
New twist on the match-three puzzle is fun and challenging.
Common Sense Media
23 September 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Bejeweled Twist is an addictive matching game that will be incredibly appealing to kids who love puzzle games, but may come off as too repetitive for kids who tend to require more action or plot in their video games. There's an outer space planet-jumping motif layered over the DS version of Bejeweled Twist, but it's purely decorative. For puzzle lovers, though, this should not be a negative.
Conclusion: Bejeweled Twist is a pretty good puzzle game on the Nintendo DS. Out of all the Bejeweled games this one stands out as the best. It does stink a little that you have to earn the other modes. Even with that tiny problem PopCap Games has done a good effort with this game and nobody should pass it up. Rating Breakdown Gameplay: 9 out of 10 + Dead-on stylus controls will have you clicking away with Twist for hours. - Some of the game modes are pointless.
Conclusion: The following is a simple test you can use to judge how good a casual game is. It may even work for other games as well. In fact, you may want to print this test out, fold it up, and keep it in your wallet next to that fortune you got when you had Chinese on your birthday last year. Think of the pair as your own personal compass and sextant, guiding you through the choppy sea that is life. Or not. Maybe it's just good for casual games.
Pros: It's a pattern-recognition paradise!, Lots of ways to play, A minute to learn, a lifetime to master
Cons: No twisting with the stylus, Difficult to get a two-player game going, May test strength of personal relationships