Personal Trainer: Math Review

Personal Trainer: Math Logo100-Cell Math is a method of practicing basic arithmetic using a 10X10 square grid similar to the multiplication table many of us learned with in elementary school. Developed in co-operation with Japanese professor Hideo Kageyama, Personal Trainer: Math allows users to practice at home or on the go while tracking their progress and increasing difficulty as needed.

The 100-Cell Math component and Practice Exercises included provide a great workout for those looking to sharpen or maintain their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. The Daily Training aspect, however, fails to be as compelling as the Brain Age titles, leaving a package that feels functional yet incomplete. Read More...

Ultimate Shooting Collection Review

Ultimate Shooting Collection Title ScreenBudget software publisher UFO Interactive Games has brought three arcade SHMUP (Shoot ‘em up) titles from MileStone Inc. to North America in compilation form. Fans of the old-school, hardcore genre will be able to play two of the included games for the first time on a home console without importing.

The compilation is dubbed Ultimate Shooting Collection, though many SHMUP fans would agree that the games included here are more of the mediocre variety. There are some emulation quirks, but the package features complete soundtracks, multiple control options and the ever-popular TATE mode for those brave enough to turn their TV on its side.  Read More...

Niki - Rock 'n' Ball Review

Niki - Rock 'n' Ball LogoNiki – Rock ‘n’ Ball attempts to recreate the classic arcade-style gameplay of titles like Bubble Bobble but comes up short because of bland level design, awkward controls and a sub-par presentation.

The basic idea behind Niki – Rock ‘n’ Ball is that Niki’s planet has been invaded and all its inhabitants have been transformed into balls. Niki discovers the mysterious ZeLeLi amulet which allows him to transform into a rock and take on the invading monsters.

Austrian developer Bplus presents Niki – Rock ‘n’ Ball as a spiritual sequel to its first WiiWare title PLÄTTCHEN - twist 'n' paint, though the nonsensical story is completely irrelevant to the game itself. Read More…

Personal Trainer: Cooking Review

Personal Trainer: Cooking LogoPart of the Touch Generations series, the first Personal Trainer title released by Nintendo in North America is a great looking and detailed cooking manual. The highly informational software can guide a novice cook through complex recipes and offers a lot of great additional features. With 245 recipes from over 25 countries, Personal Trainer: Cooking’s only drawback is that its recipe selection may be too exotic.

Most of the featured recipes are quite elaborate and include several ingredients. Some recipes include alcohol like wine or sake and other special ingredients. Its list of substitute ingredients becomes handy when some of these are not readily available. The majority of the recipes are of Asian origin. Read More...