Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Simple DS Series Vol. 11: Mouichido Tsuueru - The Otona no Shougakkou

Simple DS Series Vol. 11: Mouichido Tsuueru - The Otona no Shougakkou can only really be described as an "Elementary School Simulation."

The game runs you through different classes, quizzing you on each subject. Everything from English to Science to Math and even Morality(!?) is included in the class list. In between classes, players can even experience lunch break and recess as a nice break from all the acedemics.

The game supports up to four players for local multi-player.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Simple DS Series Vol. 10: The Doko Demo Kanji Quiz

The tenth volume of the Simple DS Series is essentially an educational title aimed at increased your understanding of Kanji (Chinese characters used in the Japanese language).

The DS is held "book-style" and gamers begin by taking a Kanji assessment test to determine just how skilled at Kanji they are. After the assessment test their are 3 main types of quizzes (converting hiragana to kanji, kanji to hiragana, etc) and 16 other drills.

The game is only limited to two players, but is really only effective as a single player learning tool.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Simple DS Series Vol. 9: Atama no Yokunaru - The Me no Training

Simple DS Series Vol. 9: Atama no Yokunaru - The Me no TrainingSimple DS Series Vol. 9: Atama no Yokunaru - The Me no Training is to your vision as Brain Age is to your frontal cortex.

Just as Brain Age was developed in conjunction with an academic, so too is this vision training game. Dr. Takao Naitou has lent his supervision (no pun intended) to this game and brings a history of training the vision of Olympic athletes and other professional athletes.

The game is divided into 4 types of training: Eye Movement, Hand/Eye Co-ordination, Visual Response and something called "Refreshing Index" which is described as "Strength Training for your eyes."

The game also provides support for up to 4 player taking part in local play.

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Simple DS Series Vol. 9: Atama no Yokunaru - The Me no Training
Simple DS Series Vol. 9: Atama no Yokunaru - The Me no Training
Simple DS Series Vol. 9: Atama no Yokunaru - The Me no Training
Simple DS Series Vol. 9: Atama no Yokunaru - The Me no Training
Simple DS Series Vol. 9: Atama no Yokunaru - The Me no Training

Friday, January 4, 2008

Simple DS Series Vol.14: The Jidousha Kyoushuujo DS

The 14th installment of the Simple DS series is one of the most interesting and original games in the entire series! Its full title is actually "Simple DS Series Vol.14 The Jidousha Kyoushuujo DS -- Gendoukitsuki Jidousha, Futsuu Jidou Nirin, Oogata Jidou Nirin, Futsuu Jidousha, Fusuu Jidousha Nishuu, Chuugata Jidousha, Oogata Jidousha, Oogata Jidousha Nishuu, Oogata Tokuchuu Jidousha, Kenbiki" haha, seriously!

The game isn't really a game at all, but rather a daily training program that helps users prepare for the Japanese driver's license examination. That long list of names in the title are actually different types of examinations.

The game is split into two modes, questions and answers and driving "simulation." The Q&A is comprised of 4,000 question taken from driver's training manuals and the "simulation" is actually a 2D top-down view of the road that puts you behind the wheel of the appropriate vehicle and tests you in real time on the rules of the Japanese road.

This game is definitly a big help for those of us looking towards getting their Japanese DL.

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Simple DS Series Vol.8: The Kanshikikan - Kinkyuu Shutsudou!! Jiken Genba wo Touch Seyo

Simple DS Series Vol.8: The Kanshikikan - Kinkyuu Shutsudou!! Jiken Genba wo Touch Seyo may have a ridiculously long name but rest assured that the lengthy moniker isn't over compensating for lack of fun.

Vol 8 (as I'll refer to it from here on out) is all about police work. The game is a mix between Phoenix Wright and Sierra's point and click adventure, Police Quest. Players will travel to the scene of crimes and look for clues, then analyze any findings, including finger prints, and blood samples.

This game is heavy on the japanese text, so think hard before you buy.

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Simple DS Series Vol.8
Simple DS Series Vol.8

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Simple DS Series Vol. 7: The Illustration Puzzle & Number Puzzle

The 7th volume of the Simple DS series: The Illustration Puzzle and Number Puzzle, is strictly a combo game. It combines a huge compilation of Picross puzzles with a huge compilation of Sudoku puzzles.

The game also supports up to four players, all playing off of a single cartridge locally. Players can also design their own Picross and Suduko puzzles and challenge their friends!

Not a whole lot more going on here than in other puzzle compilations, but all the more reason to pick up this budget priced title instead of dropping more cash for the same game in a different box!

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Vol. 7: The Illustration Puzzle & Number Puzzle
Vol. 7: The Illustration Puzzle & Number Puzzle

Vol. 7: The Illustration Puzzle & Number Puzzle
Vol. 7: The Illustration Puzzle & Number Puzzle

Vol. 7: The Illustration Puzzle & Number Puzzle
Vol. 7: The Illustration Puzzle & Number Puzzle
Vol. 7: The Illustration Puzzle & Number Puzzle
Vol. 7: The Illustration Puzzle & Number Puzzle