DodoGo! features all-ages fun with top-notch graphicsWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
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DodoGo! (Neko Entertainment)
This dinosaur age-themed game packs an incredible amount of stylish content and fun into an all-ages format. This Nintendo DSiWare exclusive game (800 points) has high quality art direction, sharp colorful graphics and themed music. Players must return animated dodo bird eggs to their respective nests after a tidal wave hits. These personalized eggs are fragile because they cannot see, but they take bounces pretty well.
Physical properties involving land, air, fire, water and even explosions factor into the controls and physics. Players interact with objects like stones or wood decks (which dissolve after contact) or even animals like boa constrictors to move eggs. The springs are fun to place in all facets of the game. Trajectory animation shows what will happen to the eggs before their launch. Spring spacing estimates can be very satisfying because many situations require pinpoint choices to save eggs from certain death when dropped from long distances. Players can stop the action with the pause button any time and even add or modify the helpful objects that also include pulleys and rope. All this wear and tear requires some trial-and-error, along with some direct nurturing and repair to the little eggs.
The touch controls, microphone voice options and an overview top screen make gameplay very easy. Use caution when commanding eggs, especially the double-tap whistle that brings every egg running in that direction. Time limits are challenging, but getting stuck is worse, so watch any crevices and uneven ground.
Work through more than 100 replayable levels plus bonus levels to save as many eggs as possible — a minimum of one per level.
This quality game offers two profiles, unlockables, different costumes, three language options (English, French or Spanish) and right or left-handed setups. Players can enter their Internet code (under profile options) at DodoGoHome.com for personal display on worldwide leader boards on the website (check up on Michasi). An excellent action puzzle game from Alien After All and Neko Entertainment with high replay and quality content higher than many Nintendo DS cartridge games (****, rated E for comic mischief and mild cartoon violence).
Sushi Go Round (SouthPeak Games)
Based on the Miniclip.com casual game, this fast-paced Japanese-themed food game offers edible fun on the Nintendo Wii and DS/DSi as players manage a sushi restaurant as a main chef. Basic gameplay centers on ordering ingredients then quickly filling and serving customer orders in a large set of game modes. Memory and speed are essential as players pass on their culinary creations to customers. The Nintendo DSi camera capabilities allow players to put their family and friends in the game as customers while the Wii version includes a limited two-player mode. Use the endless mode to practice because it has no time limit. (***, rated E for alcohol reference).
America’s Test Kitchen Let’s Get Cooking (Nintendo)
This user-friendly Nintendo DS/DSi exclusive cooking game further blurs the line between game and electronic companion, while providing helpful, informative and entertaining ways to strengthen your culinary skills. This trainer totes a large cookbook and a smooth, flexible way learn from the actual America’s Test Kitchen located in Boston. Players get 300 recipes and great options including customized recipes generated from an ingredient list. Players can also set recipe requirements by calories and cooking time.
The best addition to this outstanding complement to Nintendo’s previous game Personal Trainer: Cooking is the four profiles where players can assign tasks to each participant. A practical, high-value guide game, especially for $19.99 (****, rated E for alcohol reference).
Fast Food Panic (SouthPeak Games)
This multitasking restaurant simulation Nintendo DS game includes steak, curry, burgers, pasta and sushi.
Keep customers happy and create your own recipes using comprehensive gaming skills in a story and free mode. Players can play levels in the free mode for higher scores or even create recipes (**1/2, rated E, also available on the Nintendo Wii, which also includes two player cooperative play).