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Art Style PiCTOBiTS





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When the Nintendo Dsi launched this past April, I was thrilled to hear about Nintendo’s online service, the DSiWare Shopping Channel. There are many great titles that have been added to WiiWare, so I was more than thrilled when I got my DSi. The Art Style series consists of puzzle games with unique art styles and innovative gameplay. This will be the first of my Art Style reviews, as it is my favorite.

Gameplay wise, it’s very simple and fun. The player must match a row of similar colored blocks to create famous Nintendo characters from the past. The bottom screen is where the playing field is, while the top screen holds your scores, as well as the pixelated images that you form with the colored blocks. As you go along, you earn coins. If your screen becomes full and cluttered, you can use the coins to clear a small path of blocks. This adds a strategic element, as you must save and collect your coins carefully. Once the player has completed the level, they have an opportunity to purchase the “Dark world”, which is a harder (And I’m talking HARD!) version of the level.

Graphically, the game is very nostalgic. Like mentioned above, the player must construct pixelated images of characters. Not a single detail has been missed. Characters from the Mario series, Ice Climber, Zelda, and other famous series have been included in their 8-bit glory as you solve your way through puzzles. No offensive images were shown.

The sounds and music of PiCTOBiTS is nothing but awesome. Nostalgic sounds and music have been remixed for the game. My favorites have to be the Super Mario levels or the Excite Bike level. The music can be purchased for any extra coins left over at the end of each level in the sound test room. Save the coins! It’s worth the hard earned cash!

Art Style: PiCTOBiTS is a golden example that download service titles can not only be fun and inspiring, but family friendly and educational. PiCTOBiTS teaches players to keep their cool under pressure and to have fun. Children and adults alike will love this game for the familiar characters and challenges that are ahead. If there is one DSiWare title I recommend the most, it is PiCTOBiTS. 


Graphics: 90%
Sound: 90%
Replay/Extras: 90%
Gameplay: 85%
Family Friendly Factor: 85%
System: Nintendo DSi
Publisher: Nintendo
Rating: 'E' for Everyone

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