Curmudgeon Gamer
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05 November 2006
Five recently played handheld games
I hope to write about some of these in more depth later.
  1. Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception (PSP) - Best PSP game I've played since Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee, and certainly the best action/combat game, period. Having played Air Combat, Ace Combat 2, Ace Combat 3, Ace Combat 04, and Ace Combat 5 before this one, I'd say it's my second favorite behind Ace Combat 04, but only because Ace Combat 04 has the best storytelling; story in the PSP game is pretty poor. On a technical level, the PSP game appears to come out ahead, but that may just be bad memory on my part. Giving the player mission choices that affect subsequent missions substantively is an important step forward. (Could have been in Ace Combat Zero, but I haven't played that one yet and I don't recall choices this important in previous outings.)
  2. Coloris (GBA) - Use cursor with time-varying color to shade squares and form 3-in-a-row matches (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally). Matches disappear, squares above fall down to fill space, and random blocks fill in from above the matrix. When bad gray blocks appear, making matches in adjacent squares will get rid of them. Some color shades are difficult to distinguish, but otherwise simple rules lead to complex, enjoyable timesink.
  3. Digidrive (GBA) - More complex than it looks. Find instructions in English and learn how to share and double your fuel. Then learn how to fill all four fuel gauges. Then you'll be hooked. I like this better than Coloris, which surprised me.
  4. Ms. Pac-man Maze Madness/Pac-man World (GBA) - This double cartridge has twice the mediocre games of the usual cartridge. Neither game is remarkable, but suffice to pass the time collecting random objects in a pseudo-3D environment (think Pac-mania with Donkey Kong Country prerendered graphics). Find it cheap and used if you really must have it.
  5. Ace Combat Advance (GBA) - Terrible. Avoid.
--Matt Matthews at 20:24
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Oh, the Bit Generations games! Did you import those or are they actually coming out here now?

By Blogger Kat, at 05 November, 2006 22:35  

These are imports (via Play-Asia). So far I've gotten Orbital, Soundvoyager, Coloris, and Digidrive. Orbital is the best followed by Digidrive and then Coloris. Soundvoyager sort of defies comparison.

Of the three remaining, I may get Dotstream, but Dialhex and Boundish don't sound horribly interesting to me. (Then again, Digidrive didn't look awesome on paper either...)

By Blogger jvm, at 05 November, 2006 22:41  

Ace Combat Zero most definitely has the best format for telling the story, in my opinion.

By Blogger Zachary, at 06 November, 2006 11:33  

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