The column is going to be short/sweet this week, mostly out of necessity. Due to my recent Internet struggles, my downloadable consumption has been minimal lately, but I still found time to try out a couple decent DSiWare games. Expect a much bigger followup in a couple weeks.
A Kappa’s Trail
If you really loved Kirby: Canvas Curse but was bummed by how easy it was, you might want to embark down A Kappa’s Trail, a DSiWare game from Brownie Brown. Like Kirby, this game asks players to draw a path to the goal for the starring amphibian. Only this time, absolute precision is required, and a giant hand threatens to pull him back to the beginning. If you can get past the lousy camera controls and somewhat daunting difficulty – good luck on a bumpy subway! – A Kappa’s Trail is cute, rewarding and fun. Also, any game that references the pork army from Mother 3 can’t be all bad, right?
If you’ve playedÂ any of the Art Style games,Â Flametail probably won’t make a great first impression. Though the premise sounds cool – clearing space trash throughout the solar system – the game’s presentation seems lackingl; the space setting should lend itself to a bit more interstellar pizazz. However, while it doesn’t stack up to Skip’s series, weaving through debris isÂ justÂ novel enough to recommend for hungryÂ puzzle fans. Just watch out for the frequent insta-deaths.