World Championship Poker: Deluxe Series – ds

April 5, 2005 · Posted in Games · Comment 

Title: World Championship Poker: Deluxe Series
Category: ds

US Release Date: 20050405
UK Release Date: 2005-04-05
JP Release Date:
Developer: Crave Entertainment
Publisher: Crave Entertainment
ESRB: Everyone
Genre: Puzzle
Details:

World Championship Poker DS will put players in the fast and freewheelin’ world of high-stakes poker. With the success of televised poker events and the sheer number of players in this growing sport (50-70 million worldwide) World Championship Poker DS is poised to bring the thrill of the game onto the Nintendo DS system! Players will soon be going all-in with "the pure nuts" and stealing pots left and right! World Championship Poker DS is high-stakes poker!

Why to buy:

  • Twelve types of poker and card games including Texas Hold’em, Five Card Draw , Video Poker and Black Jack.
  • Interactive Poker tutorials for each game.
  • Wireless multiplayer for up to six players, featuring a "smack talk" system so you can taunt your opponents.
  • Quick Play for players who just want to play a quick tournament style card game.
  • Career mode that features four 3D themed casinos, poker tournaments, a Loan Shark and a Gift Shop. Customize your character with "bling" as you rake in more pots!

Space Invaders Revolution – ds

April 1, 2005 · Posted in Games · Comment 

Title: Space Invaders Revolution
Category: ds

US Release Date: 200504
UK Release Date: 2005-04-
JP Release Date:
Developer: Rising Star Games Limited
Publisher: Rising Star Games Limited
ESRB: Everyone
Genre: Action
Details:

"Since 1978, Space Invaders has gone through many iterations – some of which have lost the spirit of the original game," says Mr. Nishikado. "With Space Invaders Revolution, I wanted the team to take the game back to its roots – whilst at the same time adding features which would appeal to modern gamers. The result is a game which is as fresh as the original, but which will equally well to those too young to remember the arcade game."

No version of Space Invaders would be complete without a faithful reproduction of the original arcade machine and Space Invaders Revolution is no exception. With a choice of Control pad or Touch Screen and stylus controls, players can steep themselves in the nostalgic wonder of the shooting game that started it all.

For those wanting a more modern challenge, there’s the New Era mode. Here, the simple rules of Space Invaders are expanded and twisted into a truly modern game, bringing in puzzle elements as well as other improvements to the tried and tested formula.

Taking the form of a world tour, players must battle waves of invaders in locations around the globe, eventually taking in a climactic showdown with the UFO mother ship on the moon. With unique rules for each geographical stage, the player must battle though three rounds to successfully defend that particular location before moving on to the next. In London, for example, players must shoot the invaders in a colour-coded order to defend Big Ben. At the Acropolis, Athens, the challenge comes in the form of a heavily armoured but lone invader, which takes several well-timed direct hits to kill. Other novel forms of videogaming’s archetypal aggressors, such as shadow invaders that blink in and out of invulnerability and giant invaders that must be killed piece-by-piece, bring the total of unique invader types in Space Invaders Revolution’s New Era Mode to 13.

Comprising of 20 different challenge locations, there’s 60 levels to fight through, so it’s understandable that the player should have a helping hand from an array of extremely useful power-ups, including protective shields, additional support craft, rapid-fire shots and column-clearing laser beams – essential aides as the action becomes progressively more intense. Even better news is that these power-ups can be used in combination: using the support craft with the laser power-up results in three laser beams, decimating multiple waves of invaders with every press of the fire button.

The many additions and innovations present in the New Era mode promise to genuinely revolutionise one of videogaming’s most loved, most recognisable and longest-enduring brands.

"Space Invaders Revolution is a game close to my heart," concludes Mr. Nishikado. "And I am confident my personal stewardship will help the game live even longer in the hearts of modern games players."