|System: DSi||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: SRD Co.||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 10, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The single-player mode is essentially a horde-style mode where you can attack relentless enemies. The game doesn't have any in-game enemies, so you'll have to fight against other photo fighters that you have created, or against yourself. The single-player mode is definitely interesting for a little bit, but after fighting scores of enemies, it does get a little tedious, and it's a shame there isn't more to the solo mode of this lightweight title.
Fortunately, there is a two-player mode that allows you to fight against friends. However, what is different about this two-player mode is it uses a single DS console. You can't play wirelessly or online, and each player has to use their respective side of the DS. The D-pad /facebuttons can be used to move around, and the shoulder button is used to attack. It sounds a little complicated, but because the fighting system is so simple, the two-player mode works well.
Technically, this game is not all that impressive, but when you consider that all of the visuals in the game (minus the menus) are created by low-resolution cameras, it is forgivable. The sound in the game is also all user-generated, except for some light background music, which is generic but inoffensive. Much like the game itself, the visuals and the sound will only be as good as you make them, so make sure to follow the camera instructions precisely and record clear sounds.
Photo Dojo is a simple game with an easy gimmick. Taking this game as a serious fighter, you'll probably be disappointed. However, if you embrace the photo gimmick, you'll have some fun with this title, and if you bring it to parties, this game is likely to be quite a hit. And the best part? Until June 11th, this title is completely free to download. After that, it will be 200 points, so make sure you check it out soon!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor