This week's Nintendo Download features a pair of Square Enix WiiWare games originally released in Japan as Kumanage, which sounds a lot cooler than The Tales of Bearsworth Manor.
North America cannot handle Kumanage, so we get The Tales of Bearsworth Manor, two 1000 Wii point games featuring a similar pop-up storybook look and feel but different types of gameplay. In Chaotic Conflicts, young boy Kina throws paper bears across 30 stages to defend strange blue gems. In Puzzling Pages, young girl Pina places paper bears to solve puzzles and collect red candies across 30 stages.
Are you a boy of action or a girl of thought? I suppose you could be a boy of thought or a girl of action as well. Either way, there's bear throwing, and you can't go wrong with bear throwing, can you?
If you can, there are several other games available for WiiWare and DSiWare this week, including a new Art Style game for the Wii and several different DSi puzzle games, all waiting for your points.
Art Style: Rotozoa Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 600 Wii Points Description: Control a circular creature-like organism known as a rotozoan and nimbly make your way through level after level of primordial ooze. Comprised of only three distinct parts (coloured sides, tentacles and life force), the focus of your rotozoan life is simple: grow your tentacles. After playing a few levels and learning the basics of your microscopic world, you begin to unlock additional modes of play and the ability to choose the number of tentacles on your rotozoan. Each mode has its own specific purpose: reach a particular length with your tentacles or grow them to the greatest length possible. In either mode, growing your tentacles means absorbing enemies known as goobugs by touching them. There's just one catch: Successfully absorbing a goobug depends on matching its colour to your tentacle. Also, longer tentacles can more easily come in contact with incorrectly coloured goobugs (causing damage to the tentacle and decreasing your life force), and the goobugs themselves multiply and begin adapting to your movement. Luckily, objects such as the restorative heart item and special attack-enabling cyclone item can be found floating in the ooze to help your rotozoan survive. With atmospheres ranging from peaceful to intensely challenging, Art Style: Rotozoa offers a wide variety of levels. Victory can only be achieved through quick, precise movement and the ability to remain calm under pressure. Are you ready to take on the goobugs? Games in the Art Style series feature elegant design, polished graphics and pick-up-and-play controls, creating an experience focused purely on fun and engaging game play.
The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Chaotic Conflicts Publisher: SQUARE ENIX Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence Price: 1000 Wii Points Description: A crumbling mansion is home to a most peculiar picture book. Gather your courage and open the door to this odd, unsettling and slightly scary tale. Turn the tide of frantic battles by using the Wii Remote™ controller to throw animated paper bears into the picture book's unusual pages. Use all the tools at your disposal to defend the shining blue jewels found within against Kina, the mysterious young boy residing in the mansion. Thirty exciting and challenging stages await you.
The Tales of Bearsworth Manor: Puzzling Pages Publisher: SQUARE ENIX Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence Price: 1000 Wii Points Description: A crumbling mansion is home to a most peculiar picture book. Gather your courage and open the door to this odd, unsettling and slightly scary tale. Solve innovative puzzles by using the Wii Remote controller to throw animated paper bears into the picture book's unusual pages. Grab all the red candies found inside, carefully place your bears and cleverly manipulate the unique environments. Delve into the unfolding drama of Pina, the mysterious young girl residing in the mansion. Thirty exciting and challenging stages await you.
Spin Six Publisher: Nintendo Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Spin Six is a puzzle game in which you rotate numbered panels to line them up and make them disappear. The real challenge lies in your ability to create chains of uninterrupted changing or elimination of panels and to connect many chains to score big points. Puzzle mode offers nearly 200 puzzles to solve, either in the One-Turn or Chain categories, while Time Attack mode allows you to challenge yourself to see how quickly you can eliminate a set number of panels. If you're more into points, the goal of Score Attack mode is to see how many points you can score within a set time limit (make the Spinnerator appear and get into Fever Time to really maximise your score!). Chain Challenge mode is all about the number of chains you can make without interruption. Give Spin Six a whirl to discover its multiple modes and deep yet easy-to-master game play.
Puffins: Let's Fish! Publisher: Other Ocean Interactive Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Dive into the deep blue sea and fill your belly with delicious fish in Puffins: Let's Fish! This action game has you swimming the beautiful ocean in search of a puffin's favourite meal: the elusive capelin. But watch out! The ocean can be a dangerous place, and you're not the only one hunting for food. Sharks, jellyfish and other fearsome predators are just waiting to take a bite out of you. It's an all-you-can-eat feast with two different and exciting modes across 18 underwater stages. Take a deep breath, jump in and come out with a full belly!
Mega Words Publisher: Digital Leisure Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Cartoon Violence Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: It's time to put on your thinking cap and see how many of the hundreds of puzzles you can solve in Mega Words. Three classic puzzlers are included in this puzzle pack: Word Scrambler, Anagram Hunt and Hangman. There's no need for erasers here! These portable editions feature extensive dictionaries to challenge novices and expert players alike. See how fast you can unscramble words, sharpen your vocabulary and stretch your mind with Mega Words.
Super Swap Publisher: Teyon Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Can't get enough of swapping puzzle games but want something different? Swap till you drop with Super Swap, an exciting blend of arcade action and matching fun. Drag colourful blocks in one of four directions to connect three or more blocks and clear the board. As new blocks fall, you'll have to move fast to keep the stack from reaching the top. Experience plenty of twists and never-before-seen game play as you make combos, collect special power-ups and gain additional points in four different game modes. With so much fast and furious puzzling fun, you'll never want to stop the swapping!
Legendary Wars: T-Rex Rumble Publisher: Interplay Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Cartoon Violence Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points Description: In a dark corner of prehistory, a tiny tribe of humans fights for the future of mankind. Struggling to survive, these ancestors of humanity desperately search for food and the means to defend their village. The human race teeters on the brink of extinction. Only inspired leadership can save them. Command more than 20 men to defend your village and simultaneously manage the constant search for food. Lead your warriors against hordes of dinosaurs in real-time battles. Control your tribe's actions to efficiently gather resources and boost their numbers. Gather knowledge to increase their power. Enlist the help of a powerful Shaman and direct his magic to heal your men and confound your enemies. Do all this using a new style of interface to intuitively group your men and issue orders with simple drags of your stylus. Under your leadership, the human race has a fighting chance.