Summary: It’s quite unfortunate that the developers could not foresee such an issue with the constant swirling of the stylus, not to mention any unforeseen consequences one might have with the delicate DS touch screen after scribbling on it for the couple hours it takes in order to complete
. It could have been a perfectly acceptable
-styled alternative and right at home on the DS had the developers chosen a safer and much less frustrating control scheme.
Pros: Intriguing storyline., Interesting premise., Fun and colorful graphics.
Cons: You have to make endless circles with your wrists, resulting in pain that lingers long after you start playing., Terrible camera angles., Not much replay value if you manage to finish it.
Summary: Nostalgia is an awkward mix of 19th century colonial whimsy and the rigid gameplay of old school role-playing games. It has all of the right ingredients to be a crafty throwback, but its repetitive formula and rote combat take all the sweetness out of the cake.
Pros: Environments and characters look great, Lengthy quest with lots of side missions, Flying in the overworld
Excerpt: Tornado is an interesting gimmick in need of a game. You play as a cat-like 'cosmic cleaner' charged with returning the cities of Earth back to their home planet after they've been whisked away by somebody or other. Well, to be honest, I'm a little bit sketchy on the story. The cosmic cleaners converse with each other in an annoying series of chirps and clicks and the text-based translations of their banter doesn't make a whole lot of sense – especially when you're...
Excerpt: Nostalgia starts with a nameless evil faction strong-arming a frail-looking young girl into retrieving an ancient artefact. There’s a commotion and a heroic looking hero bursts in, destroys all the evil minions and rescues the girl, as heroes are wont to do. The pair flee to a zeppelin conveniently parked nearby until the evil leader of the evil cult evilly appears and engages in a scuffle!
Summary: Parents need to know that TouchMaster: Connect is a collection of 20 mini-games for the Nintendo DS handheld gaming system. Included among them are clones of sudoku and solitaire along with other matching puzzles, card games, and action games. There are some minor privacy concerns, as players can log in to Facebook and Twitter to post their scores and achievements they earn as they play.
Excerpt: In the game Tornado , Earth's contents have been sucked up by an alien force. Houses, sled dogs, icebergs, and entire nations have vanished into a black hole and now the only way they can all be returned is if a group of critters known as Cosmic Cleaners can turn into ferocious wind storms and blow them all back to the planet's surface. Can these furry little critters save mankind, or are we forever doomed to live in an alternate dimension?
Summary: In Tornado you set out to restore all of Earth's buildings, vehicles, inhabitants and other obscure objects that have been stolen by the envious Prince using his mischievous "Black Hole Device.
Excerpt: Tornado on the DS absolutely knackered my wrist, to the point where I had to put the DS down and stop playing after about 10 minutes. The fact that I wanted to stop playing anyway, on account of Tornado being frustrating and tiresome is beside the point. One of the golden rules of game design is: games shouldn't make you feel pain. They're for fat lazy gits like me, after all.