This review is for the Nintendo DS game, Shining Stars - Super Starcade, developed by Frame Studios Interactive and published by Zoo Digital Publishing. The game is aimed at children and playing in your own amusement park by playing a series of mini games.
The aim of this game is to play in an amusement park, and performing well in the various mini games so that you can win glow points, which allows you to gain access to more of the mini games, and so on. There are a total of fifteen games.
The mini games include bumper cars, shooting, catapulting fruit and vegetables and air hockey. There are a good mix of games, which do fit in well together, but although some are fun for a while, they are really nothing special, and soon become dull after a while.
The games are all easy to control, and most children over the age of around about four should be able to engage with the game with little difficulty. Children over the age of ten would likely be less impressed with the game however.
There is one advantage to the game insomuch that it is better however that the games become available one at a time, which provides some structure to the game, rather than allowing you to play all the games quickly without reason to continue playing the game.
The graphics in the game are bog standard really, nothing special and mostly in 2D. They do the job, and are at least consistent. The sound is limited to just a few basic sound tracks and sound effects, and overall, the graphics and sound do little to add to the atmosphere of the game.
There is a good multi player mode, which enables you to play with others without everyone requiring their own cartridge. You are able to play seven of the fifteen mini games with others by using this feature.
The game retails for 19.99 pounds but is currently available for 13.08 pounds on Amazon. If you're happy with a second hand copy, these are available at the time of writing for around seven pounds from sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated as 3+, so is suitable for children of nearly all ages.
In summary, there are some fun mini games in Shining Stars, but little more than that. It's reasonable entertainment for a while, but all very average, which means that the game won't have a great deal of longevity in it. However, for kids it's a good way of passing a few hours, especially if you can pick the game up cheaply.