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Genre: Board, Card & Casino / Video Game for Nintendo DS / ESRB Rating: Everyone / Release Date: 2006-09-29 / Published by Nintendo

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      04.08.2013 16:15
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      A basic yet boredom breaker of a game, very good value for money

      Released in 2006, this compendium of card, board and 'action' games bought many classics together in one helpful cartridge for the DS. But will it leave you frustrated by its simplicity or help pass the time.

      After the game has loaded a menu will come up with single player, multi-player and settings.

      Starting with Single player: There are 3 modes to play through on single player;
      Free play - you can play any game you want as long as you have unlocked it and you play against the computer.
      Stamp - you have to clear games in order and you receive stamps, the number of stamps you receive depends on your own ranking. Once you collect three stamps, you on to the next game. There is a menu to change difficulty settings between easy, medium and hard.
      Mission - Clear specific challenges.

      Multi-player is basically pitting yourself against other DS owners in the various games. I haven't played multi-player so can not give an opinion on it.

      The games that are available to play are:

      Basic Card Games:
      Old Maid
      Spit
      I doubt It
      Sevens
      Memory
      Pig

      Intermediate Card Games:
      Blackjack
      Hearts
      President
      Rummy
      Seven Bridge
      Last Card
      Last Card Plus

      Advanced Card Games:
      Five Card Draw
      Texas Hold'Em
      Nap
      Spades
      Contract Bridge

      Basic Board Games:
      Chinese Checkers
      Checkers
      Dots and Boxes
      Hasami Shogi
      Turncoat
      Connect Five
      Grid Attack (a poor mans version of battleships)

      Advanced Board Games:
      Backgammon
      Chess
      Shogi
      Field Tactics
      Ludo

      Variety Games:
      Soda Shake
      Dominoes
      Koi-Koi
      Word Ballon (hangman)

      Action Games:
      Bowling
      Darts
      Billiards
      Balance
      Takeover

      Single Player Games:
      Solitaire
      Escape
      Mahong Solitaire


      Visuals: All the games look basic graphic wise. This game wasn't built/created to have top of the line graphics but to be honest, I would say the graphics would look basic on the Gameboy advance. The game menus are styled nicely and it is very easy to navigate around the games. But I can't think or give any other positive.

      Audio: Has a very electro funk feel to the audio. It will basically drive you mad quite quickly! You do not need the sound on for any reason in any of the games, so 100% advise to turn it off.

      Gameplay: The games are executed quite well and quite easy to play. There are a number of games I have never heard of and perhaps that is down to the Japanese game studios that produced it. But you do have those classics there that everyone has probably played at least once in there life. There is a decent variety to chose from so there will be something that you enjoy playing. Plus with such variety, you also won't get bored playing the same game so often. The mixture of having the card, board and 'action' games is a nice one, as the previous collection of games I have bought have only ever been card and very basic board games. So it's a welcome change adding bowling, darts and billiards etc.

      Free play is a good place to start so you can become acquainted with the various games and if you just want to pick up your DS and play something that doesn't warrant too much brainpower but yet still holds your concentration. You will need to play Stamp mode to open up all the games and it does mean playing games you perhaps you didn't want to. But if you don't know the rules of any game, there is a tab (rules) after selecting a game which will inform you what the objective is and how you play. This is an incredibly helpful addition and all the rules are written simply to make it easy to understand and quite quick to get a grasp of. Mission is fun to play through if you wish to test yourself more. With various missions for the different games, ranging from beating games within a time limit, earning so many chips/points and getting so many strikes in bowling. It is a good mode to play if you wish for a more competitive play through. Again, there are games you need to beat which you may not wish to play so you can get frustrated with the missions.

      Conclusion: The reason I bought this game is I am a fan of card games and I needed something to pass the time in the car en route to go on holiday years back. I paid £24.99 back in 2006 and figured for the amounts of games you get, looked pretty decent value for money. The simple graphics are a bit poor and the music incredibly annoying. Being 'made' to play games you don't wish to just to open up other games or needing to beat in the missions isn't really cool. It feels like they added the mission gameplay just to make people play the games that clearly wasn't going to see much action. However, the simple and real easy interface of the games is a major plus point. You can just pick your DS and your away playing poker or battling the computer in chess. It really is as easy as that to enjoy this game. Your not going to spend hours a day playing as you will get bored quickly. But when you need to pass the time, this is a great game to have. It will keep you occupied but never enthralled.

      There is clear re-playability with this game with the various games available but you will easily forget about it for years (like me), then stumble back upon it and think, let's give this another play. If you want a game to just pass the time and does exactly what it says on the box, this game is for you. You can get it currently (4th Aug 2013) for a price of £11.99 on Amazon. I really think this a great price and a bargain. Look past the basic graphics and you will see a simple yet well executed DS game. Not going to make you go wow but will ease boredom.

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        02.05.2013 22:15

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        Good, basic game but nothing too exciting

        This game does exactly what it says on the tin, no more and no less. There are 42 games to play which range from 'action games' including bowling, topple and soda shake, to board games such as chess, draughts, chinese checkers and backgammon, to single player games such as solitaire and mayjong solitaire. And of course, not forgetting the card games. There are three levels of card games which include hearts, cheat, rummy, betting games, pig etc.
        These (except the single player games) are all available to play as multiplayer games with as many people as you like, normally up to 8 or against the computer, again as many as you like.
        There is also a mission section which requires you to do certain things with the games - such as get so many strikes on bowling or quickly guess the correct words in hangman.
        And finally there is the 'stamp' section which requires you to move up in the levels, playing the easier games first and the harder games after. For each game you need to get three stamps - you can get all three by winning the game, two for coming second and one for coming third or fourth.
        Once you've done all of the games it can get a bit repetitive but it saves on having to deal out cards and is a simple and effective game.

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        13.08.2012 12:05
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        A must for the DS

        This game does exactly what it says on the box. Nothing exciting, no flash graphics, 3d functionality or fictional story line spanning many centuries and/or galaxies. Just 42 games that you'd play in real life, if it didn't mean having to clear up afterwards!

        This game is (up to 8) multiplayer without others needing the game itself, so you can play cards/backgammon/chess etc with someone - without needing a flat surface/space etc. The chat option whilst your playing allows you to doodle and share you masterpieces with other players. Though usualy this results in a deluge of rude pictures being sent (I am 34, going on 12) or questions like 'why are we waiting so long for player X to have their go?'

        There are two types of challenge mode - one where you have to win against the CPU to unluck the next challenge (eventually unlocking stamps to use in the chat option) and another which unlocks icons which you can choose to represent you. I have had this game for 5 years now and I still haven't unlocked all of these!

        You can also change the background of the games by repeatedly playing (and winning) against the CPU - which again is a small challenge. These days, I tend play this game last thing at night to tire my eyes out and make my brain tired!

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        06.11.2010 20:36
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        A good game attempt

        I love vintage style games such as Tetris and Asteroids I guess I can sound weird in that respect but I actually found this Nintendo DS game actually pretty good.

        The game is 42 all time classics and it contains games such as bowling and dominoes and your aim is to either play the computer or play against friends, I much prefer against my friends and it adds to a challenge type situation.

        You play the game as you would any other, you pick a game such as dominoes and you begin by taking part against the computer or a friend and if you win you end up getting rewards such as new bowling lanes or new types of bowling balls. Some of the options you unlock are questionable but some are pretty good.

        You play the games using the stylus and you can get some decent enjoyment out of it all as well. Some of the games are perhaps not needed like there is tones of card games and I just get fed up with seeing card games they could if they wanted put just the one or two card games but they overpower the game completely.

        I found some of the games involving and they did add a certain challenge to me and my friends because there is a game like Jenga on there as well which I do enjoy to be honest playing and it involves placing down blocks without the whole balance beam tilting.

        Some of the games have good graphics and yet some others lack any real decent graphics at all. I will go back to the bowling game as the best example. The game play for this particular game is fun and quite quick but the graphics regardless of the background you have is poor and it lets the game down considerably.

        Other games can offer better graphics but poor game play I never found a single game which offered fantastic game play and graphics which is a shame. I do feel people will find a game which will suite them on there but some might not especially if they dislike card games.

        I would have liked plenty of games people are keen to enjoy like dominoes for which is on there already but they need things perhaps like snakes and ladders or a bit of pacman and perhaps these are games I prefer but they need to do something to make it worthwhile investing in.

        I found a price for this around the £14 barrier which again I find steep for a game which has been out for a while and could certainly be lower in price.

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        03.05.2010 15:10
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        A must have for your DS collection

        42 all time classics was one of the first games I bought for the DS. It's such a simple idea for a game that will please people of all ages.

        The game comprises of 42 different mini games (though I can't say that I've counted). The games are separated in to different categories as follows (I've also given examples of games that can be found within those categories):

        Basic Card Games (Including: Old Maid, Spit, Sevens)
        Intermediate Card Games (Including: Blackjack, Hearts, Rummy)
        Advanced Card Games (Including: Spades, Texas Hold'em, Nap)
        Basic Board Games (Including: Checkers, Connect Five, Dots and Boxes)
        Advanced Board Games (Including: Backgammon, Ludo, Chess)
        Variety Games (Including: Soda Shake, Word Balloon, Dominoes)
        Action Games (Including: Darts, Bowling, Billiards)
        Single-Player Games (Including: Solitaire, Mahjong Solitaire, Escape)

        The categories allow for players to pick what type of game they want to play quickly and makes the game a lot easier to navigate than if there was a list of 42 different games. Each game has detailed rules of how to play. This is really useful as a few of the games I hadn't heard of before. I think this is a good aspect of the game as it has taught me some new card games to play without the DS. However, at times I do find the rules to be slightly over complicated and confusing when I just want to be told how to play on a basic level and learn the ins and outs as I go along.

        You can play the games either alone or with up to eight players via wifi. If you are playing alone there are a couple of different play modes. There is 'free play' where you can pick any game and play. You can play 'stamp' where you progress through playing all of the games against the computer (whose difficulty can be set to easy, medium or hard). You go through each game one by one though have to beat the computer before you can progress. There are also thirty different missions which can be completed to unlock new pictures, which can be used on your gamer profile. I really enjoy all of the games and all the different ways you can play. Though I do sometimes wish there were a bit more variety to the games as there are quite a few card games.

        When we first had our DS's me and my other half used to play this via wifi and had such a giggle. Unfortunately he doesn't really enjoy his DS as much as he used to, so this game has been put aside for the Xbox now a days, though I do still enjoy playing alone from time to time. However, I have played this game with my mum and gran via the multiplayer function and they have both enjoyed playing, truly showing that it is fun for all ages!

        This game can be bought for £15.00 on Amazon and if you have a DS I would recommend it as its lots of fun and may even teach you a few new games.

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        20.04.2010 16:49
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        Will stave away boredom for some time, but not forever

        The beauty of 42 All-Time Classics is that you get 42 games for the price of one for your Nintendo DS. The only issue with it is that not all the games are "classics" and you'll certainly end up favouring certain ones over others in a very short time period.

        The games are categorised in to the following groups:

        BASIC CARD GAMES

        Old Maid
        Spit
        I Doubt It
        Sevens
        Memory
        Pig

        INTERMEDIATE CARD GAMES

        Blackjack
        Hearts
        President
        Rummy
        Seven Bridge
        Last Card
        Last Card Plus

        ADVANCED CARD GAMES

        Five Card Draw
        Texa Hold 'Em
        Nap
        Spades
        Contract Bridge

        BASIC BOARD GAMES

        Chinese Checkers
        Checkers
        Dots and Boxes
        Hasami Shogi
        Turncoat
        Connect Five
        Grid Attack

        ADVANCED BOARD GAMES

        Backgammon
        Chess
        Shogi
        Field Tactics
        Ludo

        VARIETY GAMES

        Soda Shake
        Dominoes
        Koi-Koi
        Word Balloon

        ACTION GAMES

        Bowling
        Darts
        Billiards
        Balance
        Takeover

        SINGLE PLAYER GAMES

        Solitaire
        Mahjong Solitaire
        Escape

        The overall game is very easy to navigate and is user friendly. The initial screen asks you whether you wish to play "Single Player" (against the computer) or "Multiplayer" (against other DS owners) and there is a "Settings" option allowing you to change your player name, icon and sound options.

        Each individual game has its own options allowing you to toggle hints and tips on or off and set certain game rules.

        The Single Player option is split in to three further options - "Free Play" (choose any game and start playing), "Stamp" (Play all games in order and receive a stamp when cleared) and "Mission" (play 30 specific missions based on certain games).

        After initally blasting through a few of my favourites on Free Play, I found that the Stamp mode was particularly good as it forced me to learn and play all of the games. This mode also allows you to unlock some of the games that are initially frozen out in Free Play. Mission was a little pointless owing to the incredible difficulty rating on some of the tasks. Success in each of the games opens up new designs and other features in the game.

        I found the Multiplayer mode to be brilliant, primarily because it allows you so many games to take on a friend with. Games that I wasn't overly keen on in Single Player mode really came into their own on Multiplayer and gave the game a new lease of life for me. As with most DS link up games, your friend only needs a DS, not the actual game card.

        Overall this is a decent little compilation of games. There are definitely games I favoured over others such as Chess, Backgammon, Texas Hold 'Em, Darts and Balance in Single Player mode and Soda Shake is a great game to play against others. However, you do get the feeling that a lot of these games are fillers and some of the random Japanese games such as Koi-Koi, Shogi and Field Tactics take a lot to get your head round. In all honesty, since buying this game a few years back, I haven't touched it for a good while, which perhaps suggests that although it contains a lot of variety, it perhaps doesn't have the staying power, gameplay or longevity of a big title.

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          Hours of fun with family and friends with 42 games in a collection which has stood the test of time

          INTRODUCTION

          42 All Time Classics was one of the first games I bought for my Nintendo DS Lite when I had it three years ago. The wide variety of games really impressed me including chess, backgammon and a few others too, and also that the game has a multiplayer mode which means I could challenge my mother and/or friends on their consoles using the one game card and without losing playing pieces and playing cards - I doubt we have a full games set in this house! While I had played games on my mobile phone, the DS Lite was my first games console.

          AVAILABILITY AND SUITABILITY

          This game has been around for a long time now, but it is still available to buy, I found it on Amazon for £14.73 which over £10 less than I paid originally. It was developed by Agenda, and published by Nintendo in the Touch Generations series.

          The game is rated 12+ but I am sure many of the games are suited to younger children with adult supervision. For example, I learned to play Chess, Backgammon and Ludo when I was 6 or 7 years old.

          PACKAGING

          This game doesn't come in the most exciting packaging, but as they say it does what it says on the tin. The front of the box shows a number of games pieces strewn over a forest green background illustrating the cross selection of games in this collection. As with all Nintendo DS games, it comes in a smaller version of a DVD box and when you open it you'll find the instruction book on the left hand side of the box and the game card on the right.

          STARTING UP

          Once I've loaded the game card into my DS Lite, turned the console on and started up the game I am greeted with the start up screen. If I don't tap 'start' straight away the game goes into what I can only describe as a demo mode. This gives the opportunity to watch one of the games chosen at random being played, and I think this is a good idea especially for someone who has just bought the game to find out what to expect when playing for real.

          On the next screen I am given the option of how I would like to play my games, I tap single player or multiplayer mode depending on whether I want to play against the computer (which Agenda terms as CPU), or against other people.

          I can also change the game's overall settings including the background music, sound effects and so on, for my tastes the music does get very annoying so I have turned this off. I have kept the sound effects, but when they annoy me I just turn the volume right down on my DS. I can also set my username and icon on this screen by tapping the appropriate options. This is all clearly laid out, and very easy to set up for a new user to games consoles (as I was) or to the DS.

          GAME MODES

          ~~Single player~~

          There are three modes to choose from which enables me to play games against the computer, or the solo games such as Solitaire and Mahjong.

          *Free Play
          *Stamp Mode
          *Mission

          ~Free Play~

          This lets you play whatever game that you want in the order that you like and how you want to play them. When you first have the game you'll notice some of the games are greyed out which means they cannot be played until they have been unlocked. This is the mode that I use the most apart from multiplayer game play.

          The games are organised into categories such as Basic Card Games and Action Games to name a couple of examples, I simply tap on the appropriate icon on the top of the touchscreen, and choose the game I want underneath it. It clearly laid out and the buttons are a good size to tap with the stylus. You can also check your progress in all of the games by touching and holding the 'Records Button' sadly this is only limited to telling you how many games you've played and how many times you've won. I would have liked to have seen the high score data stored for games such as Bowling and Darts.

          In this mode I can choose how I want to play my games including the number of CPU players (unless it is a solitaire-type game or a two player game like Chess) and also the difficulty of the opponent from three levels Easy, Normal and Hard. I can also change the rules and board design. Once I select the game I want I tap the Settings button to change the various aspects of the game that I want, the options depend on the game I've chosen, for instance I can change the number of turns in Darts to 20 or 30 if I want to.

          Some of the games are initially set to play against 2 or 3 CPUs such as Darts and Rummy, which in my opinion makes the games long winded and tedious - it is of course a different matter if you're playing against real people, but I think the default setting for the single player mode should have been against 1 CPU with the option to add more if you want to. I've changed all my games to play against 1 CPU.

          My main criticism here is that you can't change the settings mid game, meaning you have to end your game by pressing 'Start' on your console and then choosing 'Quit' and start the game again to access the Settings button.

          ~Stamp mode~

          This enables you to play all the games in a specific order in three modes. You start off on the Easy Mode and as you progress you unlock all the greyed out games such as Word Balloon and Ludo. On the Intermediate and Hard levels you unlock a couple of features in the game's Chat system. Regardless of the mode, you earn three stamps if you win your game, and one stamp if you lose in two player games. If there are more players you earn two stamps if you come second then one if you come third place or more. I must admit I find this mode tiring and I have to be in the right mood for it, so far I have completed the Easy and Normal modes. I've completed one stage of the Hard mode, which really is hard work. Unlike the Free Play mode, I can't change the number of players which can make some games heavy going as they seem to go on forever. I really like the idea of the stamp mode as you do play all 42 games in the collection and introduces you to games that you might not have considered playing before. In my case I discovered Takeover which is great fun to play. I think that this mode becomes pointless once you've unlocked all the features and games, so I probably won't use this mode again when I've completed the Hard level.

          ~Mission~

          This mode lets you play the games but achieve certain requirements. This is my least favourite mode of the game as some of the challenges are impossible, such as trying to explode the soda shake bottle in five seconds. Each time you clear a new Mission, you unlock new player icons. Once cleared you can play it again, but won't earn another icon but for most of the Missions are only something I would want to successfully clear once. In the three years I have had this game, I've only cleared five of them. When you complete mission mode you unlock the pop background music option, but I don't think I will ever achieve that in a million years.

          ~~Multiplayer Mode~~

          This is where I think this game comes into it's own. You can challenge family and friends to games using the DS Lite's built-in wireless system, or over the internet (against friends and other opponents if they are online) if you have a compatible router or Nintendo's Wi-Fi dongle. This game supports up to 7 other players in this mode. As I understand it you only need one game card if playing using the console's wireless connection (this uses the DS Lite's download play mode), or a card each if playing using the internet connection. I sometimes use the internet if I am playing games with my Mum in a different part of the house where the built-in wireless mode doesn't reach, , but you can't play some of the basic card games using this method..

          I mostly use the DS Lite's wireless mode as I tend to only play games with my Mum and she does have this game so we use multi-card play. Again this is really easy to set up by chosing 'Multiplayer' from the initial game screen and then choosing 'create a room' which creates a virtual area for you to play your games, and becomes the room owner so to speak. Only the room owner can select the games and change the settings.

          In multiplayer mode, you can also use the game's built in chat system to chat to other players. This is also very easy to use, just handwrite your messages on the area and then touch the send button. I would have preferred a virtual keyboard as well, as my handwriting looks awful on a touchscreen! It is again great fun to send pictures and exclamations at bad and good moves. My Mum has invented (or at least she thinks she has) a term for a bad move which is 'groo!' she came up with it when she had a gutter ball in Bowling - she says it was something that popped in her head at the time, but now it has stuck. I think it's a hybrid of 'grrr' and 'poo'.

          Another feature I like is the ability to send one of the games as a gift to another DS owner. This uses the console's download play option, and can give friends and family an idea of what to expect and perhaps influence them get their own copy, or if it is a game they haven't unlocked on stamp mode. Games downloaded as a gift are not stored on the console for obvious reasons, and limited to when they are downloaded.

          In multiplayer mode you can also check your statistics, but again this is only limited to how many games you've won and lost, again I would liked to have seen a record of high scores here in the games which are scored.

          WHAT DID I THINK OF THE GAMES?

          ~The selection of games~

          There is a good selection of games in this collection and there are a number of games I would expect in such a collection, but I ask the question are all of these games all time classics? While most of the games in this collection are popular, there are some which are, in my opinion, obscure; for example I have never heard of Shogi, Field Tactics or Koi-Koi. I imagine that the publisher wanted the collection to appeal to a wide selection of players, but I would have liked to have seen Snakes and Ladders, pool, paddlebash and other well known games included, but issues such as third party licensing and copyright might play a part here. I also found that I didn't recognise some of the games due to alternative names, for example Draughts is 'Checkers', Pontoon is 'Blackjack' and Battleship is 'Grid Attack'. I spent ages looking for 'Skittles' which turned out to be 'Bowling', so I think using the more well known names would have been better, but that is just my opinion.

          ~The graphics, designs and sound quality~

          They are pretty average, I am not sure whether this is to do with the DS Lite's graphics system, but I have noticed jaggies have reared their ugly head in some of the games. They are the most noticeable on the Bowling balls and other round graphics. I also think it's a shame that Billiards appears to use discs rather than balls, but it's a minor detail.

          During Free Play mode you unlock a board design after so many wins of your games, for example you unlock a design after winning 5 games of Darts, Bowling and so on. With the card games (except Solitaire) you have to win a total of 10 games (which can be made up of different games) to start unlocking the other designs. On the whole I prefer the normal designs, and I felt some of the additional ones didn't really suit the game in question. The paper design lends itself well to Dots and Boxes, but for Darts the idea of using pencils as Darts might be cute, but it's just plain silly. The worst I think by far is Bowling in the Digital design which is dreadful.

          The sound quality on this game is very good, and the sound effects do reflect the games such as the darts hitting the dart board, and the bowling ball hitting the skittles and so on, but as I said earlier they can get annoying and I turn the volume control down on my console if I don't feel like listening to them.

          The music soundtrack is annoying in my opinion, but it does lend itself to the games. I like the fact the music changes pace during certain points during the game such as 'check' during chess, or a player is close to winning adds tension. However the novelty soon wore off for me, and I turned the music off and just kept the sound effects on.

          ~The play~

          The games in this collection uses the touchscreen, rather than the buttons on this console, so in my case it wasn't just a learning experience with the game, but also the console. Moving games pieces and the cards are straight forward using the stylus to touch, hold and drag the pieces to where you want them. I struggled to master the swipe move with the stylus needed to play games such as Darts and Bowling. At first I couldn't 'throw' the dart or 'bowl' the ball. It does take practice to get the hang of it and once I got past the misses and Gutter Balls, I am now pretty good at Darts and Bowling. I think though it is more luck than judgement. Another surprise is I have beaten the CPU against Chess and Backgammon a few times though (on easy and normal modes) I really only intended on playing these games with my Mum, normally I cannot outsmart computer Chess at all and I don't consider myself to be a terrible player.

          As with any large collection of games there are some that I don't like, I can't grasp Koi-Koi or Field Tactics. I don't play many of the card games either, other than Rummy and Solitaire. The Rummy did confuse me to start with as it is completely different to the one I have played with real cards, but now I have got the hang of it and I actually prefer it. While I have the selection of games I always play, I do sometimes try one of the others, and discover a new favourite - the latest one is Nap (something like Trumps I remembered playing as a child, though I think the correct name is Whist, but Nap requires you to gamble on how many tricks you'll win or don't win and you win by meeting those requirements).

          I also enjoy Word Balloon which is something like hangman, and I think Agenda have done well in creating an arcade style version of something that I don't think would have worked if it had just been plain Hangman.

          I enjoy many of the games in this collection, but they are more fun when playing them in multiplayer mode. There are also 'hints' in many of the games, for example when you touch a Chess piece the squares that you can move to are highlighted, and in card games the cards you can play are lit up. This can be turned off by touching 'options' and turning the hints and tips on or off. You can also access the rules and learn more about the games by touching 'Rules' which can give more insight, but even after reading them I still can't grasp Shogi or Koi-Koi.

          I think most of the games will appeal to most people and all ages, moods and time frames. I must admit when I first came across Soda Shake my first response was 'why on earth is that stupid game on here?' but once I started playing it, I had to laugh when the soda bottle exploded, I tend to play this when I don't want to play anything I have to concentrate on (Chess), or want to get a high score (Darts). It's a similar story with Balance, I always laugh when the bricks slide of the seesaw contraption, and as with Soda Shake it is more fun to lose those games rather than win. Anything that makes me laugh has to be a good thing, and it is good fun, and I find Soda Shake a good stress buster as I can vent my frustrations on a virtual soda bottle rather than something real.

          OVERALL

          There is a lot to like about this collection of games, and yes I do have my favourites including Word Balloon, Chess, Darts, Bowling and Billiards, and they do help to pass the time sometimes, I wish that I could save the games to play them later if I need to switch the console off or the battery needs charging. The graphics may not be exciting but I think the main selling point is the social aspect of this game, which I think has helped go a long way to change the image of gaming from a solitary affair to getting family and friends together to have some fun. Having a wide variety of games in one cartridge makes it an ideal traveling companion so you don't have to keep swapping game cards to play something else, and yes it is addictive and excellent value for money even though I paid around £26 for the game, I can play for hours sometimes. I also think the fact it is still available is testimonial to the fact this collection of games is timeless and not a five minute fad. If you can only buy one game for your DS, then this should be on the shortlist.

          Accordingly I award the game a four star rating.

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          25.02.2010 13:28

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          great game for those who like card and board games.

          42 time classics is one of the first games I bought for my ds and I have to say I wasn't disappointed.

          Play alone or with up to 8 players *including yourself.

          Play card games like concentration and maid 7's and poker as well as rummy and lots of others.

          Play bowling and darts frustration backgammon.

          As well as a whole lot more.

          There will always be something you want to play on here.

          I love the chat included in the game as you play you can chat with the person you are playing with taunt them if you like.

          There are icons to unlock and new boards and games as well as designs as you progress. There are also mini challenges to complete so you will always be challenged.

          Play alone or with family through the download and play feature don't want to play with a friend but they don't have a game to play. Gift them any of the 42 games so they can play alone. As you continue to play with your game card.

          At under £15 this is well worth the money.

          I love this game my family play cards on it all the time we used to play with packs but this is much more fun and it is impossible to cheat.

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          09.02.2010 02:04
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          Not the most exciting game ever but well made

          A game with 42 games in it certainly provokes the idea that you're going to be getting quantity over quality, and while none of these games are amazing, they are for the large part pretty fun, and there's a lot here to keep you entertained. Whether you want a card game or something a bit more involved, this anthology delivers.

          The gameplay has some very typical party games, like darts, where you have to better the AI's score to win. What's clever is that there's an upgrade system, so by winning more matches, you are able to customise more elements of the game. There are also lots of other ways to play the games, like a Mission Mode, where you have to complete set objectives, which is quite time consuming but very fun. Although it's not exactly exciting, this is a fun and challenging title if you want something fairly brainy. There is also an online WiFi component, but not many people play it, and some of the games are prohibited due to the technical limitations.

          Visually, the game admittedly isn't much cop, but then this is hardly unexpected, and it's not really a game that demands huge poly counts or anything. Everything is very simplistic, true to its "classic" title, which you'll either love as a retro throwback or a lazy port. This is no way to show off the DS's technical prowess, but then it's not shooting for that sort of trajectory anyway. Aurally, it's similarly not up to much; the tunes are whimsical and light, but nothing sticks in the mind.

          Ultimately, this is a fun if not particularly rousing game that's got a bunch of classic games in one package. If you've got someone else to play with - i.e. a friend - then this is a lot more alluring, and it can certainly make boring journeys a lot less boring. Still, it's no Mario Kart, eh?

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          Good for a short length of time

          I received this game as a present and was actually surprised at just how much I first enjoyed it. Although I had to unlock many of the games, there were still many for me to choose from.

          Now I know this game has a high reputation, and I can tell why, it is so easy to use, for children and adults alike, but after I had played this game for just over a month, I had unlocked all the games, but I soon found myself bored. I had played all the games, and I didn't like some, but the ones I did like just became boring and not very joyful to play anymore.

          However, after a while I played this game again and I loved it again, I didn't know anyone else who had a nintendo DS, so I couldn't use multiplayer, but that didn't really matter, because I was enjoying plaing my favourite classic games, without having to use all those card decks, or poker chips, it was just a small game , thinner than one cm, and it was brilliant.

          Eventually my brothers wanted to play, and soon I couldn't get it away from them, they enjoyed is just as much as I did - for about another month when it became repititive again. But i'm sure i'll enjoy it again one day...

          I would recommend this game, but beware it does get slightly boring afer a while...

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          Highly Recommended

          The 42 All Time Classics I have for the DS has a different box cover to the one that's pictured here, but it is the same game inside. I got it for £16.99 from Amazon, but you can get it slightly cheaper from a few different retailers at the moment, it's well worth checking places like Asda and Argos for lower prices.

          This game is just brilliant in a word! I don't think I ever thought it was possible to have so much fun with a gameboy!! On the cartridge, there are 42 simple, classic games like ludo, chess, solitaire, rummy and poker. What I really love about these games is that they are just so amazingly easy to play on the DS. There's no faffing around with controllers, I can just drag and drop my cards using the DS stylus, or drag and tap to move my playing pieces for the board games.

          The games are all quick to load which I like, and they've all got rules which are easy to access at any time during the game by tapping on a little 'rules' tab which stays tucked neatly at the bottom of the game screen. The DS puts all the useful information for each game on the viewing screen, and then you can just use the touch screen for the interactive bits. Spreading the games out across the two screens makes them all easy to see, with the exception of Dominoes which gets almost impossible to clearly see when you get too many bones on the board!

          The graphics are excellent quality, and much better than I've seen even from Windows Vista (which did a good job with the built-in games even if it is a rubbish operating system overall). I'm not a big fan of music on games like this so I don't think it would be fair of me to comment on that. At the end of the day, if you don't like the music - you can just turn the sound off like I always do.

          As well as being able to play the games as you want to, you can also do a little tornament where you go around getting your card stamped on completing each of the 42 games on the cartridge. You have to do this to unlock a couple of the games which might annoy some people, but I found this really fun. I liked having an excuse to sit and give everything a try!

          It doesn't matter if you can't win at any of the games on the tornament leg which I think is very fair. You get one stamp on your card for losing at most games, and three for winning. Once you have three stamps, you graduate to the next game. I found this very useful for checkers, which for the life of me I can just never win at!

          This really is a great little game that offers hours and hours of entertainment. What's great about games like this is that you can just dip in and out for as long or as little time as you like, and every time you play a game - it's going to be that little bit different depending on which cards you get dealt or which moves your AI opponent makes. It probably seems a bit expensive to some people at almost £20, but I do think it's worth it.

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            01.10.2009 14:16
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            One of the DS's great games. Well worth a look

            This is one of the many compilation games available for the Nintendo DS, but because it is made by Nintendo it really stands out as a quality title.

            There is quite a mixture of game types on here. Various types of card games like solitaire & poker. Different sorts if table games like dominoes & mahjong. Sports simulations like darts & bowling plus board games like chess & draughts.

            The game is lots of fun to play alone. There is plenty of variety & choice & because of this you are not going to tire of the game quickly. All the different game have a full readable set of rules & the controls are easy to use & get used to.

            Add in single card mulitplayer for 4 people, hotseat mode for 2 players or more on 1 console, plus an online multiplayer mode & you have a really great game for all age groups.

            If there is a downside it is the graphics & sounds. Graphics are basic & certainly not flash. The same can be said for the sounds. Nothing too adventurous but at least you don't really notice it. These are minor faults however & in now way affect the gameplay.

            I would recommend this game to anyone. Lots of different games to keep you occupied. Some action based. Some more cerebral, but definitely something for everyone. Can Nintendo think of another 42 games for a sequel? 'Cause I'd buy it.

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            A Great Game For The Whole Family To Enjoy

            I brought 42 classic games awhile back when I first got my Nintendo DS for £14 and was amazed by the collection it had on offer.

            When you use this game for the first time you are greeted with the settings section where you pick one of fifty icons to represent you. Then you have to input your name if you want a different name from what you have called your DS.

            Once you have picked your icon and chosen a name (if you wished to change it) you are then free to select whether you want to play single player or multi player (up to eight people on single card play)

            If you chose single play there are three options free play, stamp mode and mission. In free play you can chose any of the 42 games available to play, they are in sections of basic card games, intermediate card games, advanced card games, basic board games, advanced board games, variety games, action games and single player games.

            In stamp mode you chose whether you want to play it on easy, normal and hard. You then play every game in five different levels starting from level one which is a collaboration of relatively easy games then gets harder as each level goes on. If you select normal on stamp mode and complete all the levels you unlock a new ink colour in the chat function. The same happens if you select hard on stamp mode but instead of winning a new ink colour you win a new stamp in the chat function.

            On the mission mode you must complete certain tasks to unlock new icons which you can use to represent you throughout the game.

            There are other unlockables throughout the games in the free play section if you play a certain game repeatedly you will unlock new backgrounds for card games, new card designs and other gaming backgrounds for example if you play billiards over and over again you will unlock new designs such as paper, digital and stone.

            Another function on the game is the chatting function which is quite like the pictochat function on the DS the only difference is this one is preloaded into the game so whilst your playing against your friends you can also chat using multicoloured writing or draw little pictures to each other using the stamp function.

            Overall I think this is a great game which has gripped my whole family as we can all play on for hours using the multi player function which is exactly the same as the free play function in single player. The graphics may not be the best but the amount of enjoyment that can be had on this game is well worth it. It's suitable for all ages as little children can play games like memory and word balloon (exactly the same as hangman) whilst adults and older children can play rummy or Texas hold 'em poker.

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            26.08.2009 10:46

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            A great game that will keep you amused for hours!

            I've had no problems atall with this product since I bought it last month for my kids on a long car journey. The game has the options of multiplayer or single player mode. The multiplayer mode is great fun as you can go against people at a game of bowling or black jack with no limits. The game is splits into 3 sections ; card games, board games and single player games. If you are not in multiplayer mode, you can also battle against the computer. This product was great for keeping the kids entertained in the car and had taken the stress out of our journey. It is a great game to pick up and put down with out the chance of loosing data. I think that this game is definitely worth every penny as this is a great ds game for all ages who like a bit of fun.

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            fantastic.

            this should be a definite buy for every nintendo ds owner. it is exactly what it says on the tin really. 42 all time classics. from majjong (spelling?) to solitaire to chequers it really does have it all. it appears to be quite reasonably priced wherever you purchase it from, especially in comparison to many other games. with its wide variety of different games i brought this when i first purchased my console. i didnt have much money left over and decided that this was 42 games in one, instead of your average platform game that when you get stuck on you cant just skip to another game. you can connect to the internet via nintendo wifi connection and play against others. you can unlock various things as you go through, just simple things such as new display pictures and things, and you and anyone else who uses the console can all have individual profiles whilst still being able to compare high scores. i would definately recommend this game.

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