new systems have to be graced by an appearance by
their flagship iconic characters. Nintendo's ever-popular
Pokemon was released to coincide with the release
of the new DS system which also features WarioWares:
Touched. Both versions show a decided lack of imagination
in utilizing the system's unique touch and dual screen
Dash is a really uninspired racing game. It seems
to be aimed at kids as young as a fetus with the exception
of the sudden increase in difficulty that even gave
me a headache. And not because it was challenging
but because it's annoyingly difficult due to the lack
the stylus to outline a path, you guide Pikachu through
an obstacle course to various checkpoints on the map.
The faster you move the stylus, the faster Pikachu
will move. You'll encounter hazards such as lava fields,
ice flows and open water. To traverse this inhospitable
terrain you can use power-ups to run over them or
find balloons that will float you over them. The balloons
can be moved in any direction. Being in the air is
the only time you'll have a good look at the map and
where it is you're supposed to go. The radar system
basically disappears when you're on the ground. You
can poke the balloon to land quickly but you risk
stunning Pikachu if you land on a hard surface.
first the difficulty level is way too easy. If you
can breathe, you can expect to win. The other characters
that are supposed to be racing against you move like
they just got out of rehab. Then without warning things
take a turn for the worse. The pace becomes faster
but the claustrophobic view of the environments does
nothing to accommodate you. If you haven't been through
these levels a number of times you'll never stand
a chance because there is no way to tell where to
go unless you have the path memorized.
top-down view is void of any real relief or dimension.
Everything looks flat. I've seen better looking GBC
games than this. The colors are good and the sprites
are nicely animated but the overall lack of detail
is unacceptable. You could get away with these graphics
in an RPG but not in an action racing game. The music
is average but those annoyingly cutesy Pickachu squeeks
and gurgles have got to go.
to six players can take part in the multi-player mode
but each will have to have a copy of the game which
is most likely since the majority of kids that would
want this game are too young to read this review.