|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Beanbag Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Electronic Arts||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 28, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Outside of gameplay, developer Beanbag Studios has done an admirable job with Travel Games organization. The presentation and touch-screen controls are as straightforward and manageable as the games strategy lessons. It is very easy to navigate from lessons, to practice, to puzzles, and the simple menus and tabs lend themselves perfectly to the games format.
Unfortunately, there are a couple of minor downsides: the text and touch detection. Though the fonts and spacing are clearly legible to me (Ive got 20/20 vision), I can imagine some folks may find the small type to be tiring on the eyes after awhile. Also, entering letters while playing Crosswords can be occasionally difficult; some letters arent recognized as readily as I would like. Nevertheless, quality touches like being able to save and quit each puzzle at any time and using a help interface from the menu go a long way to making this a very smooth and pleasant portable experience.
Travel Games For Dummies is a very good game for business travelers and casual gamers. Combining classics like Sudoku, Solitaire, and Crosswords together was a grand idea. Moreover, the addition of clearly taught strategy lessons to the mix is a great way for teaching or improving your knowledge of these games, and it helps to differentiate this title from other brain games out there. If youre in the market for a title thats great on the go, or you simply want to get a better handle on these classics, Travel Games For Dummies is a nice option. However, if you tend toward hardcore titles or crave adventure and story, definitely look elsewhere.
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