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Game Hits

 

 

SCORE: 79

 

Game Hits 

 

Our friends over at Destineer totally shocked us with a reviewable copy of Game Hits. This is a Nintendo DS video game that includes clones of four classics. The four classics are Pac-Man, Frogger, Space Invaders, and Tetris. Yeah we are talking some of the big boys from the history of the video game industry. A robot is the playable character in these games. He is actually a cute little guy. Something I noticed about Game Hits is how the difficulty is toned down. This makes these games approachable to more family members.

The graphics in Game Hits range. Falling Bricks is colorful, and has various background graphics that change while playing. Space Shoot also has some nice colors, although it also has violence as your space ship is blowing away enemy vessels. The different kinds of ships looked good. I am not a fan of the graphics in Game Hits, because they are a little small. Maze Munchers looked nice with some variety here and there. It's graphics were also a little small.

Game Hits has some fun little sounds. I enjoyed successfully completing a level because of the celebration sounds. The music inside the levels is okay, but many times I blew through a level so fast it did not stay with me for long. The music never got annoying, which is a good thing. Losing a level has a sound that did not bring joy to my life. I did not find any offensive sounds while playing Game Hits on the DS.

If you get into Game Hits there can be a fair amount of replay. The games in Game Hits are good clones, and can be very addicting. Since they are clones there are a few minor issues that the next section will deal with. The main goal in Game Hits is to get the highest score. This hearkens back to the past of video games. If you enjoy getting the highest score then you will find a lot of replay value to this hand held video game.

Space Shoot has fantastic controls. The other three games in Game Hits have okay controls. I found Highway Hopper could be touchy and register multiple jumps when I was trying to do just one. Maze Munchers has some strange mazes that lead to some issues trying to get around. We may have thought the controls were great in Falling Bricks except Tetris Party Deluxe recently released and is a lot more forgiving. The paces of the games in Game Hits is a lot slower than the classics and this feels a little strange.

The only issue I can see with Game Hits is the violence in Space Shoot. Players are given three lives, and can earn more while playing. Lose all your lives and it is game over. Then you can see if your score puts you in the top five of the game. Game Hits contains a multicard download so two people can play together. Game Hits is an interesting idea that I am not sold on, but not hostile towards either.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 77%
Sound: 79%
Replay/Extras: 88%
Gameplay: 72%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%
System: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Destineer
Rating: 'E' for Everyone
{Mild Cartoon Violence}

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