Geometry is a hidden gem in the realms of DS gaming in my opinion. Released in 2007 is has a bigger brother on the nintendo wii. I bought it when it came down in price because I had heard good things and wanted try try something different and a bit more challenging on my DS.
In geometry wars you have shoot down all the enemies on a level using just a little ship and your stylus. Moving the stylus either shoots your weapon or moves your ship. It can be fiddly at first but becomes second nature after 10 minutes or so. Think gradius but your locked in with the enemies!There are lots of challenges available and there are eight or so planets to complete. Each planet has a couple of misions or varying difficultly. However this is old school gaming and you will get frustrated as it is at times almost impossible to do some levels.
Geometry wars is a DS in the style of old school gaming and is all the better for it. No fancy graphics needed here (although they are nice), just good old fashioned gameplay. Which is something lacking from alot of games recently. There is also the ability to have wi-fi multiplayer action too!
You can pick up this title very cheaply now so you don't have a reason not to experience.
Based on the hit XBox Live game, Geometry Wars: Galaxies is a frantic shoot-em-up that make use of the DS's touch-screen to replicate the analogue stick controls of the original. While the XBox 360 game was a single screen shooter with a fairly steep difficulty curve, Galaxies plays out over a series of levels, each of which has its own victory conditions and challenges. Whether throwing specific types of enemy at you, limiting your lives and smart bombs, or putting you in mazes with moving walls, these variations and more keep the game fresh and exciting, and there are plenty of levels and achievements to unlock.
Your craft is controlled using the directional pad, while you use the stylus to aim your guns. It's a decent enough system, but the DS's notoriously poor directional pad can make dodging enemies trickier than it should be, and this set-up isn't incredibly comfortable for long play sessions. Graphically everything is bright and shiny, with some neat particle effects, but the DS's relatively low graphical grunt means that this version isn't as busy or pretty as it's Wii equivalent.
What it is, though, is lots of fun. Without any semblance of a plot to weigh it down, Geometry Wars: Galaxies is a lean, pure arcade shooter with a surprising amount of variety and plenty of replay value. At the low prices it's currently selling at this is a real bargain.