Summary: Parents need to know that there is something for everyone in this compilation of 23 short games to play on the Nintendo DS. Kids as young as 6 and as old as 99 will find something to like. Some of the directions are unclear, but most players can puzzle them out by playing a few rounds. Most of the games are timed, so parents should judge whether this pressure is too much for their kids.
Excerpt: TouchMaster's past comes from one of gaming's seediest corners. The touch screen pub games that this mini-game compilation is based on started appearing in taverns around the time of the millennium, and carry little or no kudos in the gaming community, but are hugely popular wherever they are placed.
Excerpt: Everyone who’s visited a bar or an arcade in recent years knows that lone machine off in the deepest, dankest corner that only the most bored patron will touch. The bar-rats won’t touch it because the pretty colors do just horrible things to the stomach. Gamers won’t touch it, because chances are, they’ve got most of the same games sitting on their computer at home. Hell, chances are, their parents have the same games sitting on their computer at home.
Summary: Touchmaster features 23 of Midway's classic Touchmaster games, a wide variety of card games, puzzles and skill-based challenges, such as Solitaire, Mah Jongg, Hot Hoops and Trivia. They've been translated to take advantage of the DS' touch-screen and stylus controls.
Excerpt: Compiling over 20 mini-games together, Midway has created a DS cart that nearly everyone can get some enjoyment out of. Everything from puzzlers to word games to card games is included in Touchmaster, all faithful to the name of the game. Additionally, Midway included quite a bit of online / sharing functions that toss in a competitive level of play. The games are presented in a simple menu format, all with player setup functions listed to the side.
Conclusion: To my surprise Touchmaster really did capture what a good compilation is made of. While there are some graphical shortcomings, the overall experience still has what it takes to make for a great game purchase. This is not the next big blockbuster on the DS, but it is one that is surely worth a look.