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Genre: Game Collection / Type: Puzzle / Release date: 2007-07-05

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      14.07.2011 20:23
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      Collection of mini games to play to pass the time

      Touch Master DS is a collection of mini games including solitaire among others.
      At the main menu, the games are split into four categories, Favorite, Cards, Skill and Puzzle.
      Cards include Target 21, Solitair Classic, Power Cell and Pheonix 13, among others.
      Skill has Word Search, Trivia, Hot Hoops etc. and Puzzle has Crystal Balls, Pairs, Gem Slide and Mahjong Pairs.
      Favorites has all of the games that you most play.

      There are a few classic well known games in this collection, like Solitaire, Gem Slide and Majong Pairs, but alot are unknown and unusual.


      Solitaire: (Cards) On clicking on solitaire, the game tells me to "get ready for a classic game of solitaire". You can have a choice of playing alone, or with three players.
      You click to select a card and click the place you want to move it to. The Game is easy to get the hang of. There are rules on how to play the game if you are not familiar, and the rules are sweet and simple to understand.
      Even though not all of the games are instantly know, it doesnt take ling to pick the idea of them up, and are actually quite fun to play.

      Pond Kings: (Skill) is essentially playing checkers with frogs, as they reach the other side of the board they become "kinged". It adds a little bit of interest to the usual "discs". You have the option to play as one player or two player. One player is played against the "computer" Choose who starts first, or have it as random.


      Hot Hoops: With a row of basket ball players, you shoot basket balls into a moving hoop in a given time. It takes aim and timing! Its a really easy game to play, and its quite fun. It certainly brings out your competetive side to beat each others high score if played wit others!


      This DS game brings classic strategy and puzzle games into one place. Graphics are colourul, clear and funtional. Granted it is a little outdates and it isnt amazing quality, but it is acceptable and isnt terrible, and i think the cheap price reflects that.
      This isnt the greatest collection of, i guess you could call them "mini" games, but it definately isnt the worst ive seen on the market. Games are a little challenging, but not so impossible or boring that you give up before you achieve anything.


      If there is a long coach or train journey i would say that this would certainly pass a few hours you find yourself becomin engrossed in the games. If you like puzzle, strategy or board like games, i would reccoment buying this game, however if you like a story to your game, or enjoy adventure or platform games than this might not be the best purchase for you, as that isnt the purpose of the game.

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      04.11.2009 20:22
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      Great little game for everyone to enjoy!

      I actually play this game alot! Toucmaster has a good number of classic games all in one! The games featured in this game are:
      Solitaire Classic, Wordz, Crystal Balls, Mahki, Target 21, 3 Peak Deluxe, Go Wild, Phoenix 13, Triple Elevens, Uplift, Power Cell, Double Take, Pond King Checkers, Artifact, Hot Hoops, 5 Star Generals, Pick Up 6, Trivia, Word Search, Pairs, Times Square, Mah Jong Pairs and Gem Slide.
      Do you think theres enough games on there for you?

      My favourite has to be Solitaire Classic, which is basically where you get to play solitaire, but on your DS! Very addictive actually and I can easily spend hours on this game alone never mind the other games on this cartridge. In this version of Solitaire, you can either play with 1 or 3 cards as your base cards. I usually play with 3 cards, as this is the more difficult setting. You can even change the background for Solitaire. The thing with that is though, everytime you start a new game the background goes back to default. If you prefer a certain background, then you may find yourself changing the background quite alot.

      Each game has its only play mode, which are rather easy to follow. Each game also has its own scoreboard so you can compete with your friends and family in each game. You can even play via wifi against other online gamers with certain games.

      The game is pretty easy to navigate around and is self explainitary. For example there are 'buttons' for favourites, cards, skill and puzzle games. You can also create a user profiles so that the whole family or friends can have their own profile on the game.

      This game is definitely family friendly and most people will enjoy it. Im not too sure about the name though! I think they could have done a little better on that one! Having said that there are that many games, it would be pretty hard to find someone who doesnt like any of the games! I would recommend this game to people who like to exercise their mind and those who also like abit of fun and friendly competition. It is an enjoyable game!

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        02.07.2009 14:01
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        A very addictive puzzle game at very good price

        Of all my DS games I prefer Touchmaster, there are 23 mini games and the majority of them are very quick and easy to learn. Also very addictive, you can find yourself playing for an hour just trying to beat your own top score!

        My favourite of the games I would say is Crystal Balls closely followed by Solitaire

        I paid around £14.99 for my game and it is definitely worth the price. I have played this game many times and will continue to do so in the future. All my family members have played this game and all agree it is one of the better puzzle games.


        Below is a list of the 23 games on Touchmaster


        * Gem Slide
        * Crystal Balls
        * Hot Hoops
        * MahKi
        * Mah Jonng Pairs
        * Pond Kings
        * Pairs
        * Target 21
        * 3 Peak Deluxe
        * Pyramid 13
        * Power Cell
        * Solitaire
        * Artifact
        * 5 Star General
        * Double Take
        * Go Wild
        * Up Lift
        * Times Square
        * Word Search
        * Triple Elevens
        * Trivia
        * Pick Up Six
        * Wordz

        One point about the Trivia mini game is that it tends to be on American Themes so if you don't know much about American general knowledge you can get stuck and have to guess the answer.

        I haven't tried the multiplayer function this is mainly because you have enough fun on your own, but also because this option isn't available on all games anyway.

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        22.05.2009 20:16

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        A good game - would reccommend.

        --Background--

        Touchmaster is a compilation game which includes 23 games. The 23 games are: Gem Slide, Crystal Balls, Hot Hoops, MahKi, Mah Jonng Pairs, Pond Kings, Pairs, Target 21, 3 Peak Deluxe, Pyramid 13, Power Cell, Solitaire, Artifact , 5 Star General, Double Take, Go Wild, Up Lift, Times Square, Word Search, Triple Elevens, Trivia, Pick Up Six and Wordz.

        Many of these games are well known games that are just called different names. Wordz is a hangman type game where you have to guess phrase or place e.t.c. Crystal balls is similar to tetris. Pond king is a checkers type game.

        Each game has a question mark in the corner which gives you instructions on how to play them. Some of the games have an easy and a hard level whilst others are just one level. There is also a multiplayer option on the games.

        During each game you get points, for each level you must get a certain amount of points to progress to the next one. After you have finished each game you are displayed with the leaderboard showing the top 10 scores.

        --Controls--

        The stylus is used for these games, mostly to click on items, such as letters in the hangman type game. But also to drag items such as cards across the screen.

        --Opinions--

        The games are fairly simple and have instructions that tell you how to play them. Some of the games have varying levels of difficulty which provides more challenge once you have mastered the easy level.

        The games get slightly boring if you play for a long period of time but for short bursts they are good. I have found myself getting addicted to some of them.

        The only thing that I have found is that in the trivia quiz there are a few spelling mistakes for example version being spelt vershion. However this is not a huge problem.

        --Recommendations--

        Overall I would say this is an enjoyable game for many ages as there are many different things to play on it and they are quite simple to play. Obviously younger children won't be able to play the hangman type game or the quiz, but there are enough other games on there for the whole family.

        This is an ideal game for playing on the commute to work for short sharp bursts. I would recommend it for adults too.

        --Pricing--

        This is currently priced on Amazon at £14.99 reduced from £19.99. I think either of these prices will prove to be good value for this game.

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        14.05.2009 23:34
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        A great gift choice - excellent value.

        Touchmaster was one of the first games I bought when I had my Nintendo DS and whilst many others have been traded in, this remains my all time favourite. The whole family love it too and it has been equally enjoyed by my 8 year old daughter and my 71 year old mother in law.

        Its beauty lies in the variety of games on offer which are invariably quick to learn but will fascinate you for a very long time. There is always something to choose to suit your mood, so if you only want to take one DS chip out with you, this one has it all. Beware though - Touchmaster can be addictive! Compared with other similar "compendium" type collections I find Touchmaster's graphics to be superior and the main menu conveniently lists the available games into different categories as well as favourites, so you can find what you want quickly and easily.

        If you are looking for a DS gift for someone, this would be my top choice.

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          13.02.2009 15:34
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          great games, loads of fun to be had

          Touchmaster for the Nintendo DS, don't you just love it. A friend had lent me the 42 classics game and when I had to gice that one back I went out to buy it for myself. But when I got to the shop I saw the Touchmaster and as this one appeared to have card games but also puzzle and skill games I opted for that one. And I have to say, the best choice I could have made. I have now been playing on my DS with Touchmaster for just over one year, I play nearly every night once I have gone to bed and still can't get enough of it. I started my obsession with Mahki, but then swapped over to Crystal Balls and have never befor found a game as addictive as that one. My daughter borrowed the game on our last summer holiday and wiped my name off the top spot on the leaderboard, and I have to say that I am still trying to get her name off altogether, which keeps me hooked. I have also found a passion now for gemslide and can see that this game will get me hooked just as Crystal balls did. I bought the game for about £16 and have never spent my money so wisely before or since.

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          26.01.2009 15:18

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          Great value for money

          I brought this game after playing my mum's one and not being able to put it down.

          Now selling for £12.99 on Amazon, it's excellent value for money with 23 games included:
          Gem Slide
          Crystal Balls
          Hot Hoops
          MahKi
          Mah Jonng Pairs
          Pond Kings
          Pairs
          Target 21
          3 Peak Deluxe
          Pyramid 13
          Power Cell
          Solitaire
          Artifact
          5 Star General
          Double Take
          Go Wild
          Up Lift
          Times Square
          Word Search
          Triple Elevens
          Trivia
          Pick Up Six
          Wordz

          Admittedly some are very strange to get used to and not that fun to play, but others make up for it. There's a mix of everything from card games to word games, so there's something for everyone.

          The one annoying thing about the game is there's no instructions for eacvh individual game, so it's a bit of guessing game to work out how to play them, but once you've worked that out you'll find yourself constantly trying to beat the high score!

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          03.12.2008 16:34

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          Excellent game of classic arcades

          Another great classic game created for the nintendo DS. It has 23 classic arcades games which include card games, puzzle games and skill games.
          Unlike some other games you can play for as little time or as long as you want as there are various different arcade games available.
          I bought this game myself for around £15 and would say it was definatly fantastic value, it has got to be one of the DS games that i play the most often, especially on the train!
          The various games include classics such as target 21 and solitaire (cards), wordsearch and trivia (skills) and words and Mahki - my favourite! (puzzle).
          You can play these games as a single player, two player or even use the wireless options - although i rarely use this option!
          You can also record your high scores and play within different tournaments.
          A game i would definatly recommend.

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          29.09.2008 22:23
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          if you can get it cheap it is worth it for some of the games

          My daughter got this game as part of a package with the Ds from asda a red DS touchmaster and pokemon link for an impressive £95! Very good package. the touchmaster game has proven very popular with DD (aged 6 years) there are some really enjoyable simple games that kids will love but there are also some very confusing and complicated games which 3 months on we still have no idea how to play.
          I do not think there are 23 games. There are some games that are very similar which I think they have counted as a separate game!
          the games included on the cartridge are gem slide, crystal balls, hot hoops( an great basketball game) mahki (match up coloured block to clear the screen very addictive) mah jongg pairs, pond checkers, pairs, target 21 (blackjack) 3 peak delexe (impossible to understand and play) phoenix 13 (same as blackjack again) poercell, solitaire classic (one of the good oldies great game) artefact (impossible) 5 star generals, double take, go wild, uplift, time square, word search (another popular game with dd) triple eleven, pick up 6, wordz (I love that game it is fab) and trivia (a quiz)
          Whilst we have mastered some of the games very easily and have spent a long time playing them other games have completely stumped and confused us, which is very frustrating!

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          26.08.2008 00:19
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          Easy to play, fun and simple compilation of games.

          The DS is by far one of the fastest and best selling handheld consoles with so many developers bringing new games from blockbuster movies to simple arcade game the DS is home to so many great games. And then there's TouchMaster, a compilation of 23 arcade games in one. The 23 games are: Gem Slide, Crystal Balls, Hot Hoops, MahKi, Mah Jonng Pairs, Pond Kings, Pairs, Target 21, 3 Peak Deluxe, Pyramid 13, Power Cell, Solitaire, Artifact , 5 Star General, Double Take, Go Wild, Up Lift, Times Square, Word Search, Triple Elevens, Trivia, Pick Up Six and Wordz.

          All these games run on a time and turn system, meaning that after a certain amount of time and certain of turns the game automatically ends and kicks you out to the score board system. There the player has the option to post their score online so that other people can see it. The thing about online scoreboards is that the player or you can actually see how much you suck. Yes that is how I felt when I saw all the other score boards from other people around the world and I felt like I really sucked. But you know what they say practice makes perfect, but it is always easier not to try at all.


          Some of these games are fun to play, others are hard to understand and the rest well you could stay looking at the screen for hours and still not know what the hell you are suppose to do. Yes some games are really confusing that you won't really know what to do. Most cases like these will only involve some card games and a few puzzle games. The cards or the puzzle is right there but even if you try to move things around nothing will happen. Here are the games where I had no idea what to do: Peak Deluxe, Phoenix 13, Triple 11s, Uplift, Tiles Square and Gem Slide.


          Some games actually interested me such as Wordz, Mahki, Crystal Balls, Pond Checkers, Word Search, Trivia with over 20000 questions, and good old Classic Solitaire. As much as these games where entertaining it was hard to see what came next. For example in a card game like solitaire or power cell where the cards are lined up from front to back it is very hard to see what cards are behind them making it very hard to line the cards up. Chances are you will probably go blind or your eyes will bleed by the time you finish the game. The entire game is a 2D adventure with blurry corners and animation. Even if you have your DS lite at maximum brightness you will have a hard time seeing, and if you have the Phat DS I just feel sorry for you.


          The game moves very slow when controlling with the Stylus. That is basically all that is used in the entire game. In some games this can actually be annoying because they are required to move the stylus a lot that sometimes you will accidently make a wrong move because it does not read it well.


          There is almost no sound except a few clicks and dings. There is only a few soundtracks throughout the game but they are only played at the beginning of the level and the it stops. The sound effects are from low quality 1990 arcade games. It doesn't necessarily hurt the game because it is meant to be played while on the road in noisy environments but it can't just be ignored.

          The game is only good for a couple of rounds after that you need to pass it on to your friend because it really is all about getting the highest scores. Yes you can try to beat the online high scores but that can only go so far before you get bored of all the games. Multiplayer is available but it requires another game card. There are 3 game modes which are: Single player, Two Player game which of course is pass and play and of course two player wireless. One mode that this game has that actually catches my attention is Tournament Mode. This is only available on a few games where tournaments are held against other players and compete to see who has the highest scores and who ever wins will move on to the next round.

          A few games you love a few you hate makes the game of TouchMaster. TouchMaster is a big compilation of free online games, and all that is required is a PC or laptop. With little to almost no replay value, and with nothing to unlock TouchMaster won't be a hard title to put down once you get bored of it. If you are into these type of Arcade games then touchmaster is the game for you, however if you want a better gaming experience play anything else.

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          13.08.2008 17:50

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          One to get if you see it, but not necassarily run out to get

          This is another good game on the DS, due to the amount of option you get, like with 42 Classics. Unlike 42 Classics, there isn't 42 games, probably around about 20 ish, and they seem to be more puzzle based. It has some card games on it like solitaire, also mahjong, mahki (my favourite), a checkers style game, basketball, wordsearch and trivia and more so plenty of option. Unfortunatley you can't choose which rules you would like to play like with 42 classics, but to be honest it doesn't bother me too much as sometime it's nice just to try and get the highest score. There is one other down side to it and that is with the multiplayer option as both people need to have the game in each DS in oreder to connect, which can be a shame as although it's good it's not something you would have to play all the time as it is just one of those where you play it every now and then. It's addictive when you are playing it but, I wouldn't say it is to the point where all of your friends must go out and buy it so that you can play on multiplayer, which as I've said is a bit dissapointing as some would be good to play against some one else. It's a game that you get if you see it cheap, not one to rush out and add to your collection though.

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          05.08.2008 23:23
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          A fantastic game, lots of fun and lots of different games to keep you entertained.

          Touchmaster is the most addictive game I have ever played. There are dozens of games included, which range from puzzle games, such as Mah Jongg Pairs, to more traditional games, such as Checkers (known as Pond Frog Checkers), to wordsearch game, trivia games, and sports-related games, such as Hot Hoops - a basketball-style game.

          To begin with, the game is a little confusing as not many instructions are given, but it is easy to pick up the rules quickly, and it soon becomes a bit of a personal challenge to beat your high scores.

          However, after a time, it could become very repetitive and boring to continually beat your own scores; and this is where Touchmaster really becomes a masterpiece of a game, as it works with the wifi included in the Nintendo DS to allow you to play against your friends, which is a lot more fun, especially if you both have the game, as more options become available in such a case, although you can still play against each other even if only one of you has the game.

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