Excerpt: Puzzle games are ideally suited to portable play on the DS, and this latest example has to impress in a crowded market. The alert amongst you may have spotted that the unusual name is actually just “SEVEN” reversed. Maybe if they had called it Tangram Training, it would have flown off the shelves… The aim of the game is based around the ancient Chinese puzzle Qi Qiao Ban (Seven Boards of Cunning), where seven pieces or “tans” are arranged into shapes.
Excerpt: Have you ever noticed that as the world develops, technology advances, and consumer goods get cheaper... that the gifts in Christmas crackers are still as crap as they've ever been? I mean, when I was about six years old, finding a small pack of colouring pencils, or a half-size plastic comb in amongst the debris of paper hats and rubbish jokes that fell out of one of these festive fireworks might've been vaguely exciting, but now, twenty (something) years on, when...
Excerpt: Brainpower is underrated. Granted, man can land on the moon, clone sheep and invent life-saving medicines, but can we complete a silhouette shadow puzzle? That question has been pestering away ever since the “Lucky Puzzle” was created by Hanayama in 1935. Originally a traditional board game, Neves is a reincarnation of this influential plaything, and is a signal that the premise of the tangram game has finally caught up with the advanced technology of our time.
Summary: Neves challenges players to think critically as they align pieces and build figures that correspond to a silhouette. Each puzzle features seven wooden blocks, requiring the player to combine them to form specific figures ranging from simple items, like a sword or key, to more complicated ones, such as birds or airplanes.
Excerpt: Neves is "seven" spelled backward. It's also an appropriate title for a puzzle game that involves creating specific designs by rotating, flipping, and placing seven unique shapes in such a way that they form the requested object without overlapping. Basically, this is the Nintendo DS equivalent of the traditional tangram puzzles that have existed for hundreds of years.
Pros: More than 500 tangram puzzles to solve, Touch screen makes moving, rotating, and flipping pieces a breeze, Timed and two-player modes spice things up a little
Cons: Barebones presentation and Zen premise may bore some people