Nintendo Life's Scores

  • Games
For 1,939 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 23% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 11.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D
Lowest review score: 10 WarMen Tactics
Score distribution:
1,939 game reviews
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    The driving and shooting are both unsatisfying, the mission structures lack variety and the writing shows off every negative stereotype under the sun.
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    The tricks are fun for a short amount of time, but given how quickly the novelty wears off, this is not likely to be a title you'll spend much time with.
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    Tomy has succeeded in converting Pop-Up Pirate! to a video game through the Pop-up Party game mode. Although it works well, it doesn’t go far enough due to a lack of variety in the gameplay. This is the case for the game as a whole, you’ll only get a few hours of entertainment out of it at maximum.
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    Sports Island could have been a great addition to the Wii catalogue, but sadly the lack of polish and emphasis put on fine tuning the controls drags it way below its potential.
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    Nanda's Island is a tedious and frustrating physics puzzler featuring raindrops that act nothing like water and an interface that turns every horizontally flat surface or slight dip into a level-ruining trap.
    • 52 Metascore
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    It is a shame that Rango on the Wii cuts corners and, worst of all, is over all too quickly.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Copter Crisis is another example of a good concept for WiiWare that has been poorly executed. With bland visuals, repetitive gameplay and an absurd Pay and Play pricing plan, there's little that speaks in this title's favour.
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    If you can look past the blatant consumerism and potentially damaging image-crafting effect that the classic line of dolls has on children, Barbie Dreamhouse Party has a lot going for it when scrutinized with an eye for metaphor.
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    While there is some fun to be had, a purchase is only recommended for creative players who can turn straw to gold - otherwise, stick with a portable version of Minecraft.
    • 43 Metascore
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    The gameplay is passable and there is a high level of challenge for completionists, but the title falls over in almost every other area.
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    Remote Racers is disappointing on so many different levels that it is difficult to find anything good to say about it.
    • 42 Metascore
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    Don’t let the fact that the game is developed by WayForward fool you; The Smurfs 2 is mostly lackluster licensed fluff. While it is nice that it isn't as disjointed as other games of its type, it’s hard to recommend something this uninspired. If you’re thirsting for a kid-friendly platformer, you’d probably be better off keeping your smurfberries in your wallet and waiting for alternatives in the coming weeks and months.
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    The cheesy music, dull story and lacklustre graphics complete an uninspired package that is guaranteed not to win any in its second time around.
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    Electroplankton Trapy tends to make the Electroplankton experience very simple for the user - maybe a bit too simple, you could argue.
    • 50 Metascore
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    Samurai Sword Destiny twiddles between the line of mind-numbing and oddly enjoyable combat, in a compulsive kind of way. In the end, though, it's tough to shake the hollow feeling present in both the gameplay and presentation.
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    Sure, the Mario theme is cool and the ability to actually have some interaction with the experience makes it a bit more practical than the Animal Crossing Clock, but ultimately it's still not enough.
    • 46 Metascore
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    Between these limitations, as well as a general lack of options or control precision, this collection is only for casual gamers and even then only if they are looking for a collection that will let them play a lot of different games but none of them well.
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    While it's not all bad — there's nothing "broken" and younger players will enjoy dressing up their hamsters and collecting new cages — the experience is simply too thin to justify its price tag.
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    Young players might love the idea of stomping baddies as their favorite Big Hero 6 characters, but be warned that there is nothing even slightly super about this one.
    • 43 Metascore
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    Ben 10: Omniverse falls into a lot of the same traps that lesser games in this genre do — lots of repetitive button-mashing gameplay, uninspired level design and clunky controls.
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    We appreciate Funfair Party Games' wholehearted attempt to inject motion controls into classic carnival games, and while when they work well the games can be quite fun, in most cases, the controls are either too unresponsive or too confusing to use effectively.
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    While Zombie Skape functions and does what it sets out to do, you'll be hard-pressed to get any lasting enjoyment out it.
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    The fans and faithful of the Jewel Quest series who don't mind wildly cramming gems into a corner for several minutes might very much enjoy the newer takes and elements of The Sapphire Dragon.
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    Play French is barely educational and only mildly fun.
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    Sometimes licensed games made for younger players can surprise us, and exceed our expectations. Sadly, this is not one of those times.
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    Chronicles of Vampires: Origins is too short and relies too heavily on a bland storyline to make this worth a recommendation, though we admire its attempts to innovate within the hidden object formula. While you're searching for items or solving puzzles it makes for some decent casual fun, but overall it's flawed and far from special.
    • 41 Metascore
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    With a much larger collection of words and maybe a couple more ways to play, uWordsmith could be a very solid, brain-based party game. As it stands now, however, its lack of vocabulary is a telling blow that makes it hard to find the words to recommend it.
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    Gabrille's Ghostly Groove Mini takes the idea of a streamlining to an almost satirical extent. With a measly four songs — which are each about one minute long — and no sense of challenge whatsoever, it's hard to imagine who, exactly, this release is targeting
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Go Vacation's main problem is that its controls are, nine times out of ten, too unresponsive to make it any fun.
    • 42 Metascore
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    Those looking for straight-up, no-frills Texas Hold ‘Em can find it in Governor of Poker. Those looking for engaging goals and atmosphere, however, likely will not; the constant tug-of-war on the tables to build the funds to buy the next non-interactive building feels more like a chore than a real accomplishment.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion dripped with potential upon announcement, but the final result is a more smudged affair. A fun, if basic, platformer lies at its heart, yet it's coated with unbalanced difficulty and drawing mechanics that interrupt its flow regularly, while the number of worlds is very disheartening. Disney fans will get a kick out of seeing which characters turn up, but if you're expecting another Castle of Illusion, you're going to be disappointed.
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    At 200 Points, Gene Labs is cheap, lengthy and an okay way to waste time, but that's about all it has going for it.
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    While Gene Labs is not a completely unplayable game, there is no real reason to want to play it.
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    A typically rushed movie tie-in, and an unfortunate blemish on an otherwise excellent franchise.
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    A game let down by its own control scheme. The concept is sturdy and the distinct personalities and abilities of the characters lend a small amount of rotating variety to the gameplay, but the overall experience suffers from unintuitive and unreliable controls.
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    In the end, Percy’s Predicament feels like an unfinished build of a game that could’ve released for PC back in the late 90’s.
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    With only three different mini-games to play and no real challenge in taking care of your little pets, from an adult perspective this game gets old very quickly.
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    As it stands, there’s no real incentive to buy this as its central gimmick wears off too quickly and all that’s left is you, spinning around endlessly, zapping imaginary aliens.
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    Inkub is a decent game that unfortunately outstretches itself. While tower defense titles live or die by the strengths of whatever flourishes or mechanics they add to the genre, Inkub piles them on indiscriminately and then sinks from the weight.
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    Although we welcome the presence of new tricks on the DSiWare service, the two presented here aren't really up to scratch.
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    Try as it does, Bounce & Break never rises above unremarkable and ultimately feels hollow.
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    As far as word puzzles go, Mega Words is a pretty bland experience. It does what it sets out to do, but it doesn't particularly excel or do anything new or otherwise noteworthy. Hardcore word puzzle fans only need apply.
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    With the exception of new categories and a colour swap, Word Searcher 3 is literally the exact same thing as Word Searcher 2. If you are absolutely in love with word search puzzles, couldn't get enough of the other Word Searcher games available, and have an extra 500 Points, feel free to purchase this game knowing that its aim is to provide alternate, rather than better, content.
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    If you're a die-hard fan of Olympic shooting you can give it a try, but we'd suggest choosing any one of a myriad of other games on the Wii featuring target shooting instead.
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    Those looking for a simple yet challenging experience will be happy with this collection and will have over a thousand unforgiving challenges to keep them busy. This quantity, however, won't matter to the majority of players, who will likely get too frustrated to continue after about ten or so.
    • 30 Metascore
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    Blowing up cars is entertaining, but the game somehow manages to fumble this core concept with way too many irritations: dull graphics and repetitive missions and objectives are bad enough, but even they could be overlooked if the game's control scheme wasn't so bad. Transformers: DotM - SFE is over in just about four hours, but after struggling with its cumbersome controls, you may be thankful to say goodbye to this scrapheap.
    • 26 Metascore
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    Overall Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle feels half-baked.
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    Beyond its educational value, though, Parking Star 3D is like real-life parking: stressful, tedious, and makes you regret not using public transport instead.
    • 44 Metascore
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    Kids and kids-at-heart may get a thrill out of seeing dinosaurs kinda-sorta duke it out in 3D, but the game itself fails to offer much beyond its really simple structure and fight mechanics, both of which get old just a little too quick.
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    There are so many other puzzle games on the 3DS that are far more enjoyable and engaging, so we suggest you look elsewhere unless you really, really like word searches.
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    There's simply not enough content in The Trash Pack to justify its price, but we will say that the mini-games - forgettable as they are - control well and serve their modest purposes. It's a release that suffers not because it does anything particularly wrong, but because there's almost no reason to recommend it. Die-hard fans of the toy line may enjoy adding this to their collections, but we doubt anybody else will be impressed.
    • 48 Metascore
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    A bit of a let down and feels like a step backwards in terms of gameplay as the game itself is little more than one massive scavenger hunt with most of the storyline progressing through bland, boring cut-scenes.
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    Farm Frenzy is a bland time and resource management game with limited content and flawed execution. There are plenty of similar, better options on DSiWare, so try one of those instead or you'll end up udderly disappointed.
    • 53 Metascore
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    Ice Cream Surfer gets some of the basics right and offers players a crazy, wacky world, with colourful locales and varied, interesting enemies. Unfortunately, the game built around that world is just not particularly fun to play, with little challenge, poor presentation, some annoying gameplay quirks and almost no replay value.
    • 56 Metascore
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    The simple fact of the matter is that this game is just too sluggish and doesn't offer up enough gameplay variety to keep most people's interest for more than a few minutes.
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    When licensed titles are developed with more love and care — see the potential of Disney Infinity and some others from studios such as WayForward — it's difficult to play a rushed and dull product like this one. It's destined for the bargain bin once the movie is out of theaters, and there are simply too many good racing titles out there to warrant a purchase. Players are advised to steer clear and spend their time and money elsewhere.
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    My Exotic Farm is a functional, cute farm management sim; at an affordable $4.99 price point it's also decent value. But beneath the kid-friendly exterior, it's nothing more than an empty test of your micromanagement and grinding skills.
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    This is the exact type of game that has the opportunity to build off of its predecessor, but instead sticks to the basics and ends up suffering for it.
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    It's bad enough that Master of Illusion: Funny Face is essentially a two-trick version of some fairly simplistic card gimmicks, but worst of is the fact that the developers couldn't even bother to come up with two new tricks: they pulled two existing ones out of the DS retail release from a couple years back.
    • 32 Metascore
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    Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric is a worrying misstep for Sega. While we applaud the idea of refreshing the characters for newer audiences, Rise of Lyric feels like a mishmash of ideas that never got to fully develop.
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    Hard-Hat Domo is for enthusiasts only. Enthusiasts of what? We'd rather not know.
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    Overall this third Master of Illusion DSiWare release is probably the strongest one yet, but that's still not saying much. There's just not enough content included to warrant even the mere 200 Nintendo Points the game costs.
    • 53 Metascore
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    Lets the series down; it feels more like a tech demo than anything else – there's no replay value because high-scores and full games have been removed, and then you have to be content with the fact that there are only 20 microgames to play (instead of the hundreds available in every other WarioWare!)
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    It may be a worthwhile purchase for those who skipped First Semester, but bear in mind that this release assumes you already know how to use the tools and interface, so...good luck with that.
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    It's respectable to see a clever title developed for the eShop on a tiny budget by such a small development team, but IQ Test's gags quickly wear thin with a high price point for a shallow experience.
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    Escape Trick: Ninja Castle is essentially a book of puzzles in graphical adventure form. Its low-pressure "tap and see" approach is bound to appeal to certain gamers, but it's just as likely to leave others feeling bored and annoyed.
    • 61 Metascore
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    Arkanoid DS disappoints in so many ways. Even with a retail price of $19.99, the game is just not worth picking up. If you're looking for a great remake of a classic arcade game, then pick up Taito's other retro remake - Space Invaders Extreme.
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    Ghost Party Mansion's sloppy play control and recycled mini-game ideas end up making the title feel more tedious than fun and ultimately overshadow the game's well-executed haunted house theme.
    • 33 Metascore
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    Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! for 3DS is less playable than its Wii U counterpart, and its cut corners show everywhere; it’s not the game that Adventure Time fans deserve or should expect from a developer like WayForward.
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    Heavy Fire: Special Operations 3D is a better game than its predecessors, yes, but it is still a needless do-over for an undeserving game.
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    007 Legends' greatest failing is that it cherry picks moments from Bond's illustrious history but fails to capture their hearts, all the while lacking self-generated value as its own game. Die-hard Bond fans will feel underwhelmed - if not peeved - by the treatment of these films, and the lowest-common-denominator approach to gameplay is downright bland.
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    Sokomania 2: Cool Job is a competent, playable little puzzler that, at its low price point, could provide the player with a few minutes of diversion.
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    While its components are far more fun and appealing than previous iterations in the DSiWare Petz series, there are just too few of them and too many issues along the way in the game's often imprecise controls and confusing design mechanics.
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    LEGO The Hobbit attempts to take what has arguably become one of he most repetitive franchises in modern gaming and make it feel new again, but unfortunately falls short of hitting its mark every step of the way.
    • 57 Metascore
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    This isn't how a game port to a more powerful system should be, and if you absolutely have to sample Mickey's latest adventure we suggest looking to your old system or the Wii Menu.
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    Steadfast fans of classic arcade titles might find some enjoyment in the traditional action, but the rest of the package is nothing but a disappointment.
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    Animal Boxing manages to offer up a rather impressive visual presentation, but unfortunately, it's heavily overshadowed by its serious lack of gameplay variety.
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    Kakuro by Nikoli is straightforward almost to a fault, and value-neutral novelties like local multiplayer make it difficult to justify its asking price. Considering there is only one other kakuro title on the eShop - the rather excellent and more diverse Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro - Kakuro by Nikoli is by default a decent next step for more of this type of puzzle. However, if this is your first kakuro rodeo then you're better off grabbing Telegraph's less expensive and more expansive offering.
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    a snooze from the past. Even with perfectly adequate controls, pretty nice graphics and a four player multiplayer mode, the simplistic, repetitive gameplay and unimaginative challenges deliver little fun, moderate action, and a whole lot of regret.
    • 51 Metascore
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    Skater Cat's concept of speeding up by grabbing cats which you reward with treats is quite a nice idea, but unfortunately the overall package is fairly dull.
    • 44 Metascore
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    It's entirely possible that one day UFO Interactive will crack the code of a genuinely interesting game, but with a sense of humor about as basic as its mechanics - which is to say incredibly so - Johnny Kung Fu still has a ways to go.
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    Still, taken totally at face value, this isn't a great game — and regardless of what kind of comment the developer is trying to make, that is surely all that truly matters at the end of the day.
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    We hear life has some really cool photorealistic visuals and built-in voice chat too.
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    With a short main game and no multiplayer, Brain Drain is nothing more than a passing, casual experience to be enjoyed on one's lunch break or while waiting for the bus. At home on your Wii the game can still provide some brief amusement for fans of puzzle games, but we suspect you'll find better things to do.
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    While JV Games has added some very nice improvements to their original Pong Toss concept, unfortunately it's still very much the same game and one that still doesn't translate well into a video gaming experience.
    • 58 Metascore
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    Uses an ineffective gimmick as its foundation and includes far too simple takes on seven sports, featuring some cumbersome controls and tedious pacing to boot.
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    SpongeBob and company may prevail in the end, but Plankton's already had his true revenge: an uninspired, repetitive game that does nothing with the boundlessly bonkers potential of its legendary license.
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    Bang! gives you the absolute bare minimum and while its presentation is colourful and chirpy the core game mechanics are stale and dated.
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    Let's Create! Pottery suffers from unresponsive controls and uninspired presentation but, more importantly, it also suffers from not being very much fun.
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    Lack of proper instructions, sluggish presentation, and various oversights make Tales to Enjoy! Puss in Boots a mundane experience that really feels like it's short on the care needed to educate and entertain young children.
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    Fans of the ScaryGirl character may like being able to import pre-made characters, but other than that we suggest sticking with software that's more robust.
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    We hate to complain too much about a game with such an affordable price, which has the intention of wholesomely entertaining and educating young children, but there are so many other far better options on the market at comparable prices. Tales to Enjoy! Little Red Riding Hood is innocent software, and it’s not exactly broken, but it ultimately isn't of a high enough quality to merit a purchase.
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    While there's nothing drastically wrong with it, Puppies World 3D is still a mixture of niggling flaws, missed opportunities, humdrum presentation and broken promises; the kind of shovelware that has plagued the industry for years, never aspiring to go above and beyond what has already come before it.
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    Absolute Brickbuster is by no means bad: it controls just fine, and it does everything it promises to do, but unfortunately that isn't much, and it doesn't deliver anything surprising in addition.
    • 55 Metascore
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    Ultimately, it's an average game diminished by its own bugs, glitches, and largesse.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With a hands-down fantastic soundtrack, a boat-load of charm, and a genuinely insightful celebration of the game development process, there's the ghost of a very good game buried somewhere inside. But confusing design choices, recurring glitches, and boredom that sets in far too quickly make it tough to recommend.
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    The 3DS edition of How to Train Your Dragon 2 is less expensive than its Wii U counterpart, but it's still a tall retail price to ask for a muddy, repetitive adventure.
    • 44 Metascore
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    It's a bold move for Natsume to develop a game that strays away from the series' conventions and tries new things, but the overall experience is lacking the polish and charm that the Harvest Moon name has come to represent.
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    No beating around the mulberry bush with this one: My First Songs is nothing more than a glorified karaoke machine.
    • 52 Metascore
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    This one is short, shallow, and frankly too easy to keep anyone interested for long.