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  • Summary: Carnival Games for DS brings the fun of the original to the DS during the summer vacation and travel season. Each game is designed from the ground up to take full advantage of the DS control mechanism. A frenzied combination of tapping, blowing, speaking and stylus maneuvering brings the now famous midway to life. Favorites such as Alley Ball, Frog Leap and Dunk Tank are complemented with fresh games including RC Raceway and Clown Hammer. [2K Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. If you enjoy mini-games with a focus upon beating previous high scores and unlocking mostly pointless extras for your character then you can't go far wrong with this.
  2. 65
    The product doesn't quite hit the target in a lot of places, but it's pretty clear that the developer put a bit more effort into its game than some other developers put into their own "cash-in casual" titles.
  3. If the gameplay was more balanced across all of the games this could be a worthy title for your collection. But if you’re a Carnival Game junkie on the Wii, then you will probably have to pick this one up anyway.
  4. 2K's Carnival Games for Wii is a fun, pick-up-and-play party game that many enjoyed, but unfortunately the fun factor doesn't translate well to the DS. [Aug 2008, p.90]
  5. Carnival Games for the NDS is a bust of a carnival. You're better off saving your cash and riding the teacups at the state fair with a friend. As lame as the teacups are, at least they bring people together and get you outside. That's much more than you can say for this DS title.
  6. It's short and uninteresting with any slight joy of a playing a good mini-game far outweighed by the frustration of playing the bad ones. Send this one to the bottom of the dunk tank.
  7. There are far better mini-game compilations on the DS at the moment, with a lot more substance, style, and fun than this simple cash in on a successful party game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. Jun 16, 2013
    Carnival games on the DS gets boring, very quickly and while some games are extremely easy others are much harder. The games themselves are not very fun and all you unlock are costumes that your own avatar can wear that has no benefit on the gameplay what so ever. A few of the games are strangely addictive but most are quite boring and I often found myself just sticking with a hand full of them. There is to fun to be had here but not for very long at all. Expand
  2. Nov 7, 2010
    While the Wii Version is the worst offender, this is still nearly as bad. And it still gets a zero! Avoid. Get Disgaea if you want a good, cheap DS game. Collapse