“ Genre: Action / Rating: E - (Everyone) / Published by: Atari „
I bought this mainly for Battleship it was one of my favourite games as a child. The game cost me £15 in Tesco.
The first game on the compilation is Monopoly. This game allows you to play with up to three other people through the wireless player mode, or you can play against the computer, this is the same for the other games on this compilation.
Monopoly is much the same as the board game. The graphics are pretty average. To roll the dice you simply tap the dice on the screen. The board is 3D and you can see you piece moving around, there is a little animation too, if you are the iron you leave scorch marks on the board, the dog barks it's way around the board and the car hoots it's horn. When you land on a vacant street, station or utility it prompts you to buy it. Or if you have the misfortune of landing on a opponents space you get a prompt advising you of what rent you owe. You can pause the game and view your properties and houses/hotels at any time. Throughout the game the amount of money you have is displayed clearly on the screen. You can save the game and return to it at any time. Monopoly does tend to go on so this is a useful feature.
Boggle has several modes of play, classic, time attack and word finder. The classic gives you three minutes to find as many words as possible. If you have ever played Boggle you will be familiar with the shaking of the cube to mix up the dice, you can do this on the screen to mix up your dice. The egg timer is displayed in the corner along with a digital timer below it. The top screen of your DS displays words that you have already found. Time attack mode allows you to choose how long you play for and word finder is where you play to find as many of the words on the screen as possible. The graphics again on this game are fairly average, the music on this one is really annoying though it sounds like a dodgy 80's archade game! thankfully you can switch it off!
Battleship is by far the best game on the compilation! The top screen is for you to keep track of where you have fired at your opponent and the bottom screen shows the position of your ships. You can choose to play classic Battleship or you can customise! when you use the custom mode you are able to have pirate ships, submarines or spaceships! Pirate ships is my favourite instead of firing traditional bombs you fire barrels and the ships all have sails and masts! The sound effects on this one match the mode your playing in, so in pirate mode you get a jolly jingle and the voices sound like pirates, this is the best game on the compilation to play in mutiplayer mode, it is only suitable for 2 players though. You can save your game and come back to it later too.
Finally the last game is Yahtzee! in this game you can choose how the dice get rolled, there is classic mode, but also hamster mode in which the dice get shaken by a hamster in a wheel, the is scary mode which is set in a cemetary and the gravestones pop the dice up, and finally there is volcano mode in which the dice erupt from the volcano. Again though this game has horrendous music but you can turn that off. The top screen on your DS displays your score and you opponents score so far.
All in all this is a decent game for the money. The graphics aren't as good as other DS games but you get to play the classics on the move. There are clear instructions for each game and the console will keep a record of your highest scores so you know what you are looking to beat.
I would recommend this to anyone who loved these games as a child. They are good fun and will take you back to your childhood!
Never was a DS game more aptly titled than Monopoly, Boggle, Yahtzee, Battleship. The cartridge contains four of Hasbro's most popular games, I'm sure you can guess which, in touch screen controlled, multiplayer enabled, portable convenience. While I normally shy away from video game versions of board games, being offered a way to play boggle on the train without the conductor tutting at me was very appealing and so I picked this up for about £15. This was many moons ago but I think you'll find it's still at this price. It's taking the normal strategy for DS games and bunkering down into the sand, holding on to a price well above reason because it knows some parent will stroll along with no concept of such things and buy it anyway. I'm looking at you, casual gamers, you're keeping prices abnormally high by not doing your homework.
Anyhow, considering the stupid prices that actual Monopoly sets go for as well as all the crummy computer versions of Monopoly out there, this compilation is quite fair.
Monopoly itself would probably have been worth the full £15 at release, the version here is very nicely done and provides the full Monopoly experience on the DS. Touch screen controls are here to access all your features and you can play with friends on a single DS or against the computer. Graphics are a bit basic and colours get a bit boring after a while, a lot of drab reds are floating around here. It's a bit fiddly to play and a little bit of trial and error is involved as you work out exactly what order it wants you to do things in and how to perform all the usually familiar tasks of trading properties or buying houses. Work could be done to make it a little more intuitive but once you have the hang of it, it's a pretty good version of the famous board game.
Boggle next, though there's not much to tell. This is pretty much identical to the table version, shake the lettered dice and make as many words as you can. Multiplayer in hotseat mode is fun though works better with two or more DS consoles. For boggle fans this is a great version of a game that hasn't seen release as a video game that often, it's particularly good for trains and keeps your brain nice and stimulated. The only real drawback is that it only considers a single round to be a game and sends you back to the main menu every time your eggtimer runs out. All in all though, a fun little version.
Yahtzee was the entry that surprised me on this collection, maybe Hasbro are attempting to improve the game's standing. It's a good version and as it isn't that popular anymore, probably requires some explanation. The player rolls five dice, the numbers on the dice can represent different columns on your score sheet. Get four 1s for example and you can choose to use that roll for the column "Aces" or "Four of a kind," runs of numbers, eg a roll containing 1, 2 and 3 can be used to fill your "straight" column. "Yahtzee" occurs when the player rolls five of the same. All the columns must be filled by the end of the game, if the last roll comes around and your "fives" column is empty and you roll no fives you're lumped with a zero. It's something of a complicated game that is best learnt through play. This version is excellent in that it seems geared towards the unfamiliar, always making clear what categories you can fill with your current roll and what the score will be. Yahtzee has always been one of my favourite games and it's nice to have.
Lastly, we come to Battleship. Here I have less to say because quite frankly, I hate Battleship. I hate everything about the tedious little game. I'm sure some people reading this enjoy Battleship, you're mad. It's rubbish. From what I remember of my admittedly few attempts to get through a game of real life battleship, this is very authentic. That doesn't surprise me, it's in keeping with the other three games. Play takes place on a simple 2D grid and you can't cheat by peeking so it's even more lengthy and tedious. If you enjoy Battleship, you have even more reason to pick up this game; it seems as true to the tabletop version as I cared to find out.
The four games included here are not the best video games versions available. They don't offer much in the way of fun, novelty extras or quirky new rules, game modes or minigames like full, console versions of Monopoly I've seen. Rather they are pretty basic DS versions of four very popular board games. However, licensed video games of board games are often expensive. This isn't, it's actually very fairly priced and very competently made. All the games a fun to play and a lot of time has gone into making them playable with friends, with competent computer players and even on a single DS. This in particular is a lovely addition as it keeps the multiplayer aspect for people like me and my girlfriend who bought this to play together, not to hunt down someone else who bought it and strike up a bizarre friendship based around playing DS boggle. It is perfectly geared towards a travel scenario, particularly good for families going on a long train journey as it will keep everyone occupied with a minimum of fuss.
In the last ten years, as video games have become more popular and more profitable I've seen Hasbro fleece people in a lot of ways. Their products are rarely worth the price they charge and rarely on the level of games by other studios, this collection is not like that. It is a great adaptation of four games to the DS, it isn't priced through the roof and it doesn't limit the player's options. If you or your family enjoys any of these four games, it's really worth picking up.
Lastly, when playing Monopoly, if you pause the game it plays dance music while a CG Monopoly man does some funky, club dancing to it. You don't get that with the board game.
I bought this game for 8.99 on ebay, and i wasnt very impresed, the two games yahtzee & monopoly you can only play with the computor or friends if they have the same game cartridge, however battleships & boggle you can share the game with just the one cartridge. i ask myself why they did this? all it does is frustrate and complicate things in my eyes, yes the graphics are quite good, and they are very addictive games, but also they are games made for shareing, unfortunutly somthing you cannot do! i wouldnt pay the full wack for this as it can be disapointing, also i found that boggle classes some very odd words as right, however normal words like snap dont exsit in its libray, its all a bit confusing and very disapointing, they are all fun games and a joy to play alone, same rules as before but you can create custom games if you wish. overall very good on its own but not so good if you want to share and play with others.
Genre: Board Games / Puzzles
Published by: Atari
Number of games: 4 in 1
I have spent my hours playing these four games on the DS and find each one very addictable. I tend to play against my wife who I must admit is very good at all of these games.
Fabulous graphics and is what you would expect from a DS game. The Battleships game is great for kids and even us adults.
The sound is set at a high standard and even though some soundtracks on the Yahtzee can be repetitive it really does give value for money.
Using the controls is easy and there are no bugs or problem using the stylus pen.
Monopoly: This is completely the same as the board game as you might expect and allows single player as well as multiplayer. I tend to use the multiplayer more as I like to beat my wife at this the most as she always tends to get Mayfair. Settings can be changed easily and rules and you can choose whatever marker you wish to be e.g. Car, Boot, cannon and so on.
Boggle: Again this is the game as the version you get in a box and have to shake and then produce as many words as you can in the time given. What makes it so competitive is the leader boards, which enables you to frustrate your family and friends stating you are the best. Again rules and settings can be changed and also the layout of Boggle.
Yahtzee: This is my favourite game of the four. Mainly due to the fact that it is so hard to get a Yahtzee and when you do you get four in a row which propels you to the top of the leader boards. I would recommend either single player or multiplayer as the computer is quite decent at competing. Again settings can be changed and also there are different levels to play e.g. wooden surface, moon surface.
Battleships: This is great for the family and can you can choose from single player and multiplayer options. The computer is quite competitive and the graphics are very good considering the power of the DS. You get to see torpedoes firing across the screen and explosions as they hit their target. Either a splash or a bang.
In my opinion this is one of the best DS games for family and friends. Great graphics, sound and most of all fun for everyone. I bought my copy for around £25 and would say that it is well worth the money and you are addicted once you start playing.
My message to Atari is please develop more board games like these ones!
The Monopoly Boggle Yahtzee and Battleships game is definitely at the lower end of the price scale in terms of DS games. With this in mind, one would expect a game of a lesser quality with poor gameplay. This is not the case at all, and all of the games hold their own, with the exception of maybe monopoly which is a little too complicated to include in such a compilation in my opinion.
What is great is that these are all games that require space/cause a mess, so having them on a handheld game is definitely a good thing, and if you have a friend with a DS you can play each other, which is especially great with games like battleships which are so much more fun when you play another person rather than just a computer!! In terms of travelling, this could also be a good choice because you can just keen it alongside the rest of your DS games.
Of course the other great bonus is that with all these games my sets remain largely incomplete because I've lost all the bits, which won't be happening with this game!
This is a cheap and cheerful addition to the DS games range and i would recommend it for kids and adults alike.
When I saw this game was coming out I was really pleased because I am a big fan of Yahtzee and Boggle and I quite enjoy a game of Monopoly, so i figured this would be perfect for me.
My first port of call was Boggle. Boggle for anyone who doesn't know is a word game where by you have several dice with letters on. they are shaken up and end up laid out in a square. Then you have to try to find as many words within the letters as you can within the time limit. The letters of each word have to be next to each other either directly or diagonally. The longer the word, the more you score.
There are a handful of different game modes to choose from which gives some nice variation to help the life span of the game. You have classic mode whereby you have a timer and try to find as many words as you can within the time limit.
There is a word finder mode whereby you have no time limit and try to find as many words as you possibly can within the grid, taking as long as you like.
There is also a mode whereby you are presented with a list of all the words in the grid and you have to try to find as many of them as you can within the time limit.
The method by which you select the words is simply tapping each letter with the stylus and then double tapping the last letter.
I really enjoyed playing this and have continued to play it fro some months now as each game is different and it's quite good fun trying to beat your best scores.
I do have a couple of slight niggles. Firstly the dictionary of words that the game uses has some rather odd omissions, while I can't think of any as write this review (how typical), there have been several occasions where I have selected an everyday word only to be told that it's not in the dictionary.
My second slight gripe is with the selection of letters. For some reason the games judgin of where you have touched with the stylus is a bit temperamental. Sometimes it will work perfectly, but other times it doesn't register that you've tapped a letter or it will say you've tapped a different letter to the one you've tapped....sometimes a letter not even close by... This can be a bit frustrating at times especiallt if you are playing a timed game and only have a few seconds left and have noticed several more words.
On the whole though my gripes are not enough to detract too much from the game, which is helped by being a faithful recreation of a great game with great longevity and gameplay.
Next I tried Yahtzee. Yahtzee is a dice based game whereby you have 3 attempts to make up specific series of numbers on the dice, for example as many 4s as you can with the 5 dice, 3 of a kind, 4 of a kind, straights and the more often than not elusive 5 of a kind Yahtzee.
The game is in essense a game of chance because you never know what number will come up on the dice when you roll them, but there is certainly skill involved as you have to chose what you are going to try for, and where to put your scores. This makes the game ewasy to pick up but also enough depth to keep you coming back for more.
This is a decent version of the game, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
Next up was Battleships. I'm sure everybody knows what Battleships is, a turn based game whereby you decide where a on grid to hide you ships and then take turns with your opponent in choosing a square on the grid to hit in an attempt to destroy all of your opponents ships.
This again was a very satifsfactory version of a great game, control was simple and the game play from the computer fairly random and logical.
Lastly I gave Monopoly a go. Now, everybody knows this game, and knows that it can take quite some time to play. I did wonder how this would translate on to a game on the DS. I ahve to say, while everything seemed to be in place, it was a hard game to play as it was quite diffidcult to keep track of what the computer players where doing and also to keep track of all your property and money. Not only that but it really is a long game still and I found that it was hard to concentrate for very long. In the end I gave up and went back to playing Boggle
My over all view of this 4 game pack is that it is great value for money, with 4 big name games in one collection, and certainly very addictive. For me the stand out game is Boggle because it is quick, easy to play and very very addictive. The weak point is Monopoly, due to the lengthy nature of the game.
Destination Soft brings four great board game classics to the Nintendo DS with this collection featuring MONOPOLY, BOGGLE, YAHTZEE, and BATTLESHIP. Now gamers can relive all the excitement of these four games by themselves or against others via wireless play. Each of the four games is recreated as closely to the original board game as possible. MONOPOLY features all the traditional properties, playing pieces, Community Chest, and Take a Chance cards that the original did. Players will still find themselves going directly to jail or landing on a Boardwalk space covered in houses. BOGGLE keeps all of the word-finding fun, losing only the need to shake the letters up. YAHTZEE and BATTLESHIP, likewise, keep as much as possible from the board game versions. The DS touch screen comes into play in a number of different ways, allowing players to role, move, and sink battleships with a touch of the screen.