|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: PhoenixSoft||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Midway||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 21, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
As you might imagine, most of these games are fairly simple, but this isn't Wario Ware, where you can learn a game in a fraction of a second. These games are a lot more complex and do require that you get a handle on the rules. That means burying your nose in the instruction manual for those games you can't easily figure out. It's not a difficult task, but it's annoying for those of us with attention deficit issues, who just want to jump right into the action. There are no in-game tutorials or instructions of any kind, and trust me, some of these games are almost impossible to figure out on your own. It's a pain to be sure, but there's no other way around it, you've just got to learn the rules first before you can break them.
Touchmaster 2 is colorful, bright, and clean. The graphics are simple, giving it a generic quality that just screams budget title. The music is also simple and repetitive, and the sound effects are barely on par with an early 80s arcade game. Once you get over the relatively low production values and into the actual gameplay, you will appreciate the uncluttered screen, smooth animation, responsive control system, and sound gameplay mechanics. Of course, looking at the game you would not settle for anything less than relative perfection. There's just no reason for this game to have any problems. At thirty bucks, this is not a budget-priced game.
You certainly can't go wrong with a rental of Touchmaster 2. But keep in mind that most of these games, or variations of them, can be found on the net for free. The only two factors that make this version unique is that it's portable and features the touchscreen control system. If you don't care where you play these games and can live with a mouse and keypad control system, then you might not want to reach out and touch this game.
CCC Senior Writer