Excerpt: While developers struggle to find ways to use the Wii's unique controls, the DS is home to a treasure trove of unique and interesting arcade style titles. Add Big Bang Mini to that list. Using only the stylus, you move a small globe around the bottom screen, making swiping motions to shoot at the enemies above. The simple mechanics work well, providing an ingratiating twist on the top-down shooter.
Conclusion: old-school gameplay mix of Space Invaders and Centipede, Big Bang Mini is a definitively unique gaming experience. Using the stylus, the gamer shoots fireworks into some rather unique enemies that occupy the top screen of the DS. Including big, bloated piranhas, Space Invader-inspired space ships, Egyptian-themed pharaoh heads, translucent giant spiders, Chinese New Year’s dragons, and plenty of other strange and colorful creatures and entities.
Excerpt: I've got a confession to make. When I first heard of Big Bang Mini I didn't think: "That's a shmup with fireworks." No, what I actually thought was: "That sounds like a porn film. A particularly disturbing one at that." Luckily for you (and my reputation), I did a spot of research. Big Bang Mini is the second game from little-known four-person Paris developer Arkedo Studio.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game has mild fantasy violence resulting from shooting fireworks at cartoony characters in the skies. Often, these characters shoot things at you, so players must protect themselves by avoiding the fallout as they shoot back. But the main focus of the game is to create spectacular fireworks. The game's tutorial speaks of striking matches as an analogy to playing the game via the touchscreen.
Excerpt: I’ve got a history of games that take over my life at an alarming rate; addictions, I suppose you can call them, that I only ever seem to get on top of via family and friend’s violent intervention. I hated them for it, but, once, they distracted me long enough to hide Bust-a-Move 2 then spent the entire week consoling me while I frantically searched for the game to no avail. Recently, I’ve seen the same guarded looks locked on my DS while Big Bang Mini resides there.
Excerpt: Le premier contact avec Big Bang Mini se fait au niveau de la boîte du jeu. En effet, en l'inclinant, on peut voir une sympathique animation où le stylet provoque de bien jolis feux d'artifices. On sent tout de suite avec cette attention, au demeurant dispensable pour certains, que la cartouche que l'on va insérer dans la DS n'est pas faite du même bois que les autres. C'est une expression, hein.
Summary: This is an entertaining, frenetic, and lovingly crafted schmup that is right at home on the DS. Accessible enough for new players to get acclimated, and challenging enough for hardcore gamers to get their fix, this is a universal choice to gift to any DS owner. Though it is devoid of useful multiplayer, the package as a whole is so fun that hardly anything negative can be said.
Pros: Clever and intriguing level designs., Bizarre, colorful and interesting enemies., Intuitive controls., Simple but challenging., Value-priced.
Cons: It's short., No real multiplayer support., Some may not enjoy stylus-only controls.
Summary: In simple terms, the game is fun, addictive and deep. Plus when you take into account the different game modes and essentially a free alarm clock at only $19.99, it’s not just a bargain price, it’s a steal! Save for maybe Orange Box from Valve, I haven’t seen a game with this much content in one little package. Pull out that $20 bill out of your wallet and head to the store right now (and maybe another buck or two for tax) – you won’t regret it!