|System: DSi (DSiWare)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Suzak||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 19, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The controls in this Domo game are a bit more complex than in the other ones, though that's a good thing because it allows you to do what should be done. For example, if you press the right trigger, you'll be allowed to scroll left, right, up, and down for a full view of the course being played. This will let you calculate the direction of your shot properly. You can select the trajectory with the D-Pad, and once you're ready, just hit A and the power meter will show up to let you figure out how hard the shot will be and how far the ball will go - easy enough and fun enough. One nice touch is that the courses are never the same. The coins and the holes change around each time you play, so it always stays fresh. It's not a great mini-putt game by any means, but it's the best you're going to get for 200 points on your DSi, and that's a lot.
Rock-n-Roll Domo - 2.0 / 5
This Domo game had me as fast as it lost me. Domo and his friends Tashanna and Mr. Usaji are all geared up with their hottest music equipment, up on the stage, singing and playing songs Rock Band-style. The screen shows three note markers, and different color notes scroll down the stage following the rhythm of the song, much like it would happen in any of today's popular music games. You can follow the rhythm by tapping the proper markers at the right time, or you can use the D-Pad to select the correct note marker and then press A at the right time to hit the note, which slows you down considerably.
Either way, the game is very challenging right off the bat, not leaving any room for mistakes or enjoyment. If you don't keep the audience happy, you'll quickly be kicked out and will have no choice but to restart the song. Three tries and you're out. While I managed to get through a couple of songs, the unforgiving controls made me feel like a loser and I quickly lost interest in what could have been the most interesting Domo game out of the five. Of course, don't expect an A-list soundtrack either, but the songs are cheery and cute, which would have been enough if the gameplay was good. The game also includes a mixer to practice songs, but the buttons to change venue, tempo, and difficulty didn't exist on my copy of the game, so I couldn't even try this out. Weird!
White-Water Domo - 3.0 / 5
This is the first game of the bunch I tried out. Domo races down the wild river rapids while avoiding treacherous obstacles, jumping past unstable waters, and zooming through the gates in an effort to reach the finish line in first, second, or third place. Just like the other games, you're given three lives, which means you can replay stages but only three times before your score and game are reset. Coins and meat and potato stew are also part of the formula, helping you out time-wise. On the other hand, hitting a rock or diving into dangerous sections of water will result in time penalties. While the gameplay is compelling enough, the controls don't seem to seal the deal. Paddling is done by holding B, you can jump with A, and then move Domo with the D-Pad. Unfortunately, the waters end up getting too wild and unreasonable after a few stages, making the game almost uncontrollable. This game isn't particularly fun compared to Hard-Hat Domo, Pro-Putt Domo, or even Crash-Course Domo, but if you must have the collection, it's also not that bad.
None of these Domo games shine as far as presentation. It's the kind of graphics you saw on the GBA years ago, and the sounds are equally primitive for a modern game. However, we're talking about a 2 dollar price point, and considering 200 point games like Birds & Beans, Master of Illusion, or Paper Plane Chase are not very technically advanced either, I guess we can't ask for more. What matters is to have fun, and some of these Domo offerings manage to provide that. If you're a Domo fan in search of quick, pick-up-and-play games for your DSi that won't break the bank, some of these might be good options, though there's always Dr. Mario, which is actually money well spent, even if it's more.
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