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If you have never played a Warioware game before either on the Gameboy Advance or on the Gamecube let me explain the simple concept of the game before I start reviewing it. The concept of Warioware is very simple, the objective of the the game try to get the highest score possible by completing as many microgame as possible. Every time the player fails to do so they will lose a life and if they lose all there life's then it's "Game Over". The microgames insanely small games that generally require the player to complete a small task within a very short time limit (5 sec's tops normally). Once in awhile the player will encounter a "boss stage" which is a longer minigame that if the player completes then the game will go up a difficulty level and the player will earn an extra life.
Now how does this version of the game compare to the other versions? Very well actually! As you can probably guess by the game's name, Warioware: Touched makes great use of the DS's technology and uses the touch screen and microphone in every game which is a refreshing change and speaking of change there are now 180 brand new microgames to learn and play which is also very good. Warioware: Touched is incredibly fun thanks to it funky new DS inspired Microgames but there is one huge problem with this game you can only play the game solo because Nintendo have forgotten the multiplayer mode DOH!
So on that note could I recommend this game to anybody? Well Yes and No! If you don't have any of the previous Warioware games and you don't own a Gamecube then I'd say get this game since it's addictive as hell and a good pick up and play style game but if you have a Gamecube then get the Gamecube version since it's the best version you can buy a present time thanks to it's wonderful muitiplayer mode and huge database of microgames and to top it all, it's £10 cheaper to!
Verdict: Avoid it! (Unless you don't own a Gamecube or a previous version of the game!)
Mr. Driller: Driller Spirits
WOW! I really love this game. Incase you could not tell by my web design, I love Mr. Driller and this game pretty much sold me the Nintendo DS when I saw my friend play it on the bus when he first purchased his on release. This concept of Mr. Driller is very simple, get to the bottom of the level without being sqaushed by blocks or before you run out of Oxygen. The blocks fall like columns blocks and also disappear like them to if you manage to link more than 4 of them together, doing this also gets you more points and there is a mode in this game called Drillstone Drill mode were you must try to get to the 'goal' without using to many "drills" and let me tell you it's a real head scratchier and involves a lot of block linking.
Compared to the Arcade, Dreamcast and PC version this game has many, many more extra features added like a lot more courses (stages), options and even characters which have there own ablities. But the great thing about this game is the mount of new gameplay modes the Namco have decided to include in the game. As well as the standard "mission mode" and "time attack mode" which resembles the old previous versions of those modes in the original Arcade game and the Drillstone mode that I mentioned earlier there are two other modes for you to sink you teeth in to. Pressure Driller is a mode which uses both of the DS's new screens incredibly well. It involves the player being chased by a huge Drill and you're mission is to survive by destroying the Drill using Power Capsules which can be obtained while drilling downwards. The second and probably most important is Multiplayer which is a first to my knowledge in any Mr. Driller game. Basically you can select any mission you've unlocked in "Mission Mode" and race up to 4 other people which is good. You can do single card play but you can only do 300m race with the original character Sasumu which sucks but if everybody has a cart then this game completely rocks since you can be any character and do any mode. What make this mode even more fun is that there are power-up's that are collectable during the race which can really mess up you're opponent's chances of wining which is always fun!
All in all I recommend anyone who likes there puzzle games to get this game since it's very fun and addictive although if you already played the original Mr. Driller and decided that you did not like it the first time around then this game is probably not really for you.
Verdict: Buy it!
Polarium is not you're typical tetris clone, for a start is has a very minalistic look about it which contributes to the game play which I'm now about to explain. Polarium is a game were you must make "lines" of the same color just like tetris using you stylus (or d-pad but stylus is better!) to flip over the colored tiles by drawing a line and the bigger the line and the more lines you get in one go will determine how many points you get.
There are two gameplay modes in Polarium, Puzzle Mode Basically challenges you to complete a set puzzle while only allowing the player to draw one line. There are plenty of puzzles in puzzle mode but you might be interested to hear that you can make you're own puzzles in this mode and also send them to you're friends.
Then there is Challenge mode, which is the more "frantic" style of tetris gameplay we all know and love. Clear the blocks before the build up past both of the Nintendo DS'a screens, simple eh? Well it's takes a bit of practice because this game is very unforgiving and to my shame I'm not gotten any rank above E so far. You can also play this mode in Multiplayer which I would assume being fun, although I can't say for certain since I've never actually played the game multiplayer before but puzzle games are always fun when competing against somebody and I doubt this game is an exception.
Surprisingly I found this game to be very addictive and I defiantly would suggest this game to anyone considering buying a DS or anyone that is thinking about buy a new game for the DS since it's concept is so simple yet it's very difficult to master, plus with the added bonus of being able to play the game multiplayer with a friend makes the game superb.
Verdict: Buy it!