It is a week without a retail release.
Well, that's not strictly true. There are a few DS games that will be hitting store shelves, but, by and large, the already slim pickings for this juncture are further limited to downloadable services and web games. That said, we present you with the week's barren calendar.
A tie-in for the forthcoming motion picture, the fourth in Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids universe, this DS game sees players using their wits and gadgetry—as well as their platforming reflexes—to navigate side-scrolling levels and defeat The Timekeeper and his minions. Players control the newest child agents, Rebecca and Cecil, each of whom will have unique, special skills. Spy Kids: All The Time in the World will be out Tuesday, August 9.
Thankfully this is not a port of the execrable Jekyll and Hyde game on the original NES, nor a reimagining thereof. Instead, this version replaces oddity with mystery, challenging players to solve puzzles and spot clues in static environments as they take on the identity of one Inspector Newcomen. The game's title promises a link to the famous Robert Louis Stevenson novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but I'd hate to spoil anything for potential players, so we'll just stop there. The game, a port of a PC title by the same name, will be in stores Tuesday, August 9.
It's a heavy puzzler week for Nintendo's former flagship handheld. Promising over 1,200 puzzles in over 17 types of games, people who pick this up will be faced with tried and true classics such as crosswords and Sudoku puzzles, as well as word searches and jigsaw puzzles. Care to play a game of hangman against your DS? Here's the title for you. Puzzler World 2 will be available Tuesday, August 9.
DLC Slated for release this week:
Hidden Gem of the Week: Kyotokei
Tell me, players, are you familiar with a vertical scrolling shooter by the name of Ikaruga? The spiritual successor to Saturn critical-darling Radiant Silvergun, Ikaruga introduced a unique mechanic in which players' ships could switch between black and white modes, allowing them to absorb same-colored attacks and deal extra damage to opposite-colored enemies. Kyotokei, named for its two protagonists (Kyo and Kei), is a horizontal-scrolling, fantasy take on the same formula with vibrant, sprite-based graphics. As with Ikaruga, the screen is often filled with far too many projectiles to avoid, necessitating the careful and rapid management of one's color-state as players have to actively move through attacks, in addition to firing off their own. Though certainly a bit derivative, Kyotokei has visual panache, large sprites, and intricate bullet patterns, making it a shooter to watch and, perhaps, give a whirl. It will be available as WiiWare on Thursday, August 11.
By Shelby Reiches
CCC Contributing Writer
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