If you go into a GameStop right now, there is a good chance you’ll find a bin filled with DS carts in CD sleeves. While (at most stores) the more expensive DS titles can be found in the glass cases (with the 3DS titles), the games in the sleeves are generally $5 or less. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been hitting my local stores and grabbing pretty much anything that looks interesting or I’ve heard good things about, but never owned. All of the games in the picture about I purchased for between $.99 and $4.99 each. I haven’t played all of them yet, but here are some quick thoughts on the ones I have:
Magical Starsign: Very cute JRPG with an interesting art style. The combat seems to have some depth, but I’m not sure how I feel about the touchscreen-only interface for a long RPG…
Pac ‘n Roll: I was kinda surprised by how much I’m enjoying this one. The touchscreen controls here are welcome and make for an interesting “survive to the goal” experience. It feels fresh and interesting, but still manages to keep a Pac-Man vibe.
Alien Infestation: Definitely has a Metroid Fusion vibe; unfortunately, I’m not huge into Aliens character archetypes (ie space marines) or the series lore.
The Legendary Starfy: Cute and plays well, I’d like to spend some more time with this one.
Star Wars: Lethal Alliance: This 3D shooter published by Ubisoft is as bland as you’d expect. The blaster combat actually reminds me quite a bit of the on-foot sections in Rebel Strike, so yeah.
Sands of Destruction: This has been my favorite purchase so far. Despite some questionable and intrusive voice acting, the game has an interesting premise (boy has power to destroy the world and is like “idk” but girl is like “c’mon do it, this world sux”). Combat reminds me of Xenogears, as does the soundtrack, which makes sense because it was also composed by Yasunori Mitsuda (the writer of Sands of Destruction, Masato Kato, also wrote Xenogears). Apparently the game can be finished in around 20 hours, so I think I’m going to try to see it through.
Check out part two here!