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When you play a game like 101 in 1 megamix you begin sceptical as to how good it will be. Your not told what the 100 games are and your not even sure how they managed to fit so many games on to it either.
Well the idea is simple you have some games which you can play such as basketball and air hockey and you have to try and obtain scores and points. Those points are added to an account and that account you use to purchase new games.
You can purchase games at the front of the pile for cheap prices or points if you want to put it like that and then you can purchase the more expensive games later on which can cost a small fortune.
You can play any game you wish and any game you do play all the points are added to your score. The first few games lack any real points because they provide simple tasks and yet the points are poor so you have to play them for a while before you accumulate enough points to unlock new games.
When you unlock the more expensive games the points tend to match the game as well because you get even points along the way. The points are crucial to the game so scoring high is vital.
The games you get on this are pretty good and would suit most people. You have classics which appear to be asteroids and playing basketball and sometimes you might need accuracy and pace as well. All games have a timer and your aim is to score the required amount to get a big tick next to the game.
Some of the games are very easy and are kind of pointless being there but some are tough and I have so far got 88 games completed but the remaining few I am struggling to accept defeat with at the moment but I cannot complete them yet.
All the games require plenty of patience as some are difficult and confusing but overall the tasks are brilliant. I found the graphics slightly odd because some games looked excellent in terms of the graphics and yet other games seem to struggle so it is a catch 22 which sort of game you get.
With the game play I found the majority of the games superb in terms of game play the odd few were poor but most were very good. The controls are usually the stylus and I think most people would find plenty to do with this game.
Even if you are lucky to complete the game you can try them all again to beat your highest scores so again that is something else for people to do.
I bought this game as a newcomer to the Nintendo DS & thought it would be a good starting point for me. However the levels of games and the fact you had to complete a certain amount of games before you could move onto more of them let it down a bit. In my opinion this would have been a lot better if you could choose from all 101 games from the start. It puts you in a bit of a mood when you have to complete a game you dont want to play just to play the one you wanted originally. My opinion is if you dont mind what you play then it is probably a good enough game for you but if you want to pick and choose the games you play from the beginning then do not get this game. Like i said at the beginning it is good for some people and not to others taste. Unfortunately it was not to my taste.
This review is for the game, 101 in 1 Explosive Megamix, a product for the Nintendo DS, published and developed by Nordcurrent. The game was released in 2008 and features 101 mini games to work your way through.
You start off in the game with ten of the mini games unlocked, and the aim is to reach a certain target in each game (which rewards you with coins), which then unlocks some more of the games. It's a very hit and miss affair though, as each game is a little random, and there's no way of knowing what a mini game is all about until you manage to unlock it, and then select it, as even the title rarely gives a clue.
I prefer games which aren't that challenging, and which can be played in small bursts, so for me, this game is ideal, although it may not appeal to everyone. Some of the targets which you have to reach in each game do appear a bit random, some are very easy to reach on the first play through, some take longer to be able to master and get enough points together.
In terms of usability, the game does suffer in places. The game is controlled using by the stylus in the main, even when this isn't the most logical or easiest way of controlling some of the games. There is the additional disadvantage that the stylus is sometimes unresponsive in places, and that slight delay can be very frustrating when playing a game.
In terms of the variety in the games, this is much better than I had expected. I had thought when starting to play the game that the various mini games would all be very similar. Although many of them do share similar attributes, there is a reasonable selection to keep you playing through, and some considerable thought has gone into this.
When playing the games, I inevitably found some much more interesting than others. I didn't much take to the games which just required endless repetitive movement of the stylus and little thought, but I was quite taken to the various shoot em ups, and my favourite was definitely the various puzzle games.
Another query with the games was also the difficulty factor. I've mentioned that some of the games appear quite difficult to master, and some quite easy, but there is an additional factor that as you progress through the game, the mini games don't really seem to get harder. The challenge of the game does appear to be static, and I'd have preferred to see some increase in the difficulty factor.
I'm not sure that I'd want to work my way through the game twice though, there were very few of the mini games which I felt I wanted to repeat and play again. So the longevity of this game does more reside in working through all of the various mini games, rather than finding some favourite games and keep playing them.
The graphics and sound in the game are slightly below average. The sound is very repetitive across the games, and lacks any sort of atmosphere. The graphics in the game are sufficient to play the game, but as you would expect from this type of product, they are quite limited.
In terms of multi-player, this game doesn't perform well. You have to have another copy of the game to be able to use the feature, and you can't even play off the same cartridge unless you don't mind your save position continually being over-written. I'm sure that the DS could technically manage to store two different players positions, so this is an omission in my view. Indeed, this entire multi-player side of the game is definitely a disappointment.
The game currently retails for 11.99 pounds on Amazon, against a recommended retail price of 19.99 pounds. The game is rated as 3+, so is suitable for children of nearly all ages.
Overall, this is in my view a good game in terms of the entertainment value that it brought. Working through the games was fun for quite a while, and I'm glad they didn't unlock all the games at once, as it does feel at least a little rewarding to be able to unlock new mini games! It's not a brilliant product, as it sometimes is all a bit repetitive, but it's definitely fun and may appeal especially to kids with short attention spans and players such as myself that just like to pick up a game for a few minutes quick games playing. So worth considering.
This type of game has been available in Asia virtually since the DS came out, it is only recently with 42-in-1 and this release that we have started to warm to these multi-game cards for the DS.
This is a great title with lots to do to keep you amused for a long time with as the title says 101 games to play.
Game looks good from the start screen with nice bold graphics and an easy intuitive layout that really needs no explanation, this is ideal for travellling as it will keep gamers young and old happy for a long time.
As is deserving of the DS this game usual the full range of touchscreen and microphone capabilites and uses them really well, at first ten games are unlocked for you to play these include basketball,house of cards,sushi,curlers and others, you unlock the other games by playing these ten and collecting coins and buying other games which range in price and difficulty.The harder the game the more expensive.
These games really do vary from the lovely graphics and side on playing style of basketball to the bonkers sushi where you try to skewer bits of sushi with chopsticks as they go across the screen, sounds rubbish but is fun and not too easy to master.
This is fantastic value for money at £17.99 on both Play.com and Amazon.co.uk and will give hours of entertainment easy to pick up but very difficult to put down, as usual with some of the better games the case does not look like anything special but don't let this fool you it really is an explosive mix of games.