Excerpt: I must apologize to all of our wonderful readers at Family Friendly Gaming. I meant to play and review Honeycomb Beat many, many moons ago. Things got in the way, and I eventually forgot about purchasing this Nintendo DS game. I am making it up to you. How? Honeycomb Beat is leading off the Reviews Section in this awesome issue. This puzzle game is bee free, so you don’t have to worry about getting stung. Honeycomb Beat can make your head hurt though.
Excerpt: The Nintendo DS is a platform made for puzzle games. The phenomenal success of the Brain Training games, the plethora of Sudoku titles and the mind-bendingly fast Meteos games all stand tribute to DS’s intuitive controls and portable in-your-pocket convenience. One of the finest games available in the DS’s bloated library is Picross, a puzzle game of such fine quality that I can barely go two days without my fix.
Summary: This game is could be far better or far worse. What we have here is an excellent game to waste time on and feel no regret. I would try to rent it if you can. That will allow you to get a feel for it and decide if its something you should pick up yourself.
Conclusion: Honeycomb Beat is a perfect example of a great handheld game. It’s something you can pick up and play for a few minutes or a few hours. I am a huge fan of puzzle games, and Honeycomb Beat really doesn’t disappoint. And for $20, you can’t go wrong. While I may not have received a cool press item from Hudson (there’s still time, guys!), I still want to say that this is a terrific game that no puzzle fan should pass up.
Excerpt: Nintendo's consoles have always been the ideal format for puzzle games. I bought my very first handheld, the original Game Boy, solely on the strength of Tetris. For those younger gamers out there, the Game Boy was basically somewhere around the size of a house brick with one d-pad, two action buttons and a single, non-touch-sensitive, greyscale screen, and yet I was glued to it solidly every spare minute I had for months at a time.
The trial and error formula works great with this game
Cheat Code Central
15 November 2007
Conclusion: This game could have been much more fun if it wasn't so focused on imitating the others by measuring your brain aptitude. Instead, Hudson should have tried to make it more amusing, with more game modes, more bonuses and extras, and even a couple different puzzle concepts within the same game. Oh well, next time, Hudson!
Excerpt: (aside from its insistence that I share anything in common with aquatic invertebrates) is that it's not a game that will be played in long stretches; it's a half-an-hour-before-closing-the-DS one.