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Frogger Returns Review

Frogger Returns LogoFrogger Returns eschews the larger levels and story-driven adventure modes of recent entries in the series in favour of smaller levels that evoke the original 1981 classic that inspired songs and sitcom episodes. The log-hopping, traffic-dodging gameplay you remember remains largely unchanged in this update and though it may provide a nostalgic experience at first, it doesn’t necessarily hold up almost 30 years later.

Frogger Returns has four stages and can be played three ways in Single Player mode. Arcade mode gives you three lives to start and tasks you with guiding Frogger across a Big City, a Subway, the Sewers and through a Swamp to his home pad. You are given one minute to guide Frogger across each stage to fill five goals and must be careful to avoid new obstacles like blocked-off pathways and dogs. Read More…

Excitebike: World Rally Review

Excitebike: World Rally LogoExcitebike: World Rally is the very definition of a retro remake done right. It provides an authentic experience for fans of the 1985 NES classic while adding modern conventions like terrain deformation, online play and optional motion controls. The game also provides players with a decent track editor that allows them to finally save their work.

The single player mode is dubbed World Tour and takes place in nine locales like Mexico, Fiji and China. Much like Excitebots: Trick Racing, you will compete on 16 different tracks separated into Bronze, Gold, Silver and Platinum classes.  Read More…

Art Style: Digidrive Review

Art Style: Digidrive LogoArt Style: Digidrive is a fast-paced reflex-testing puzzle game. A remake of a Game Boy Advance title originally released as part of the bit Generations series, the game now includes touch controls and improved graphics. What makes Art Style: Digidrive truly appealing is its intuitive nature which has players directing coloured arrows representing cars through a four-way intersection. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?

In order to fully grasp the dynamics of the game it is necessary to carefully review the instructions or at the very least watch the demo video included in the software. This game is unlike any other puzzle game I have previously encountered, making it both refreshing to play and challenging to master. Read More…

Personal Trainer: Walking Review

Personal Trainer: Walking LogoThis latest health-themed software for the Nintendo DS is meant to promote a more active lifestyle. Packaged with two Activity Meters, Personal Trainer: Walking will help make you aware of your daily activity levels while encouraging you to improve your performance.

Less of a fitness game than a motivational and measurement tool, the software offers little in the way of content. Its main feature is a calendar which keeps track of your daily activity and whether you have successfully reached the day’s step target, which can be adjusted on a daily basis. The program also presents a detailed hour-by-hour graph of your daily walking, highlighting periods of active-walking and inactivity. Read More…