Gamevil's role-playing game Zenonia is an excellent iPhone title, its one significant flaw being the lack of a real directional pad. With the DSiWare release of Zenonia, that problem gets solved.
While it might not be as pretty as its iPhone predecessor, the DSiWare version of Zenonia makes up for it with real physical controls. If I had not already played through the game twice on the iPhone, I'd be first in line with my 800 DSi points this morning when the game goes live.
The rest of this week's download is your basic fluff: two puzzle games and lawn darts. It sounds like a role-playing game week to me.
Zenonia Publisher: Gamevil USA, Inc. Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™ Description: Classic RPG action returns with ZENONIA. Get ready for the endless journey of Regret, who is on a mission to find the reason for the death of his father at the hands of a demon. He begins his quest by choosing one of three classes: Paladin, Warrior or Assassin. Players can equip and customise using hundreds of different types of weapons and armour. There are tons of items to refine or combine from five different item classes: normal, magic, rare, unique and epic. There are even more astonishing features such as full skill trees which you can level up, along with stunning visuals and sound effects. ZENONIA offers extensive playtime with numerous main and side quests, plus good and evil storylines to choose from. Anime-style graphics and innovative real-life systems such as a day/night cycle and hunger/weight system make ZENONIA a unique gaming experience for everybody.
Fizz Publisher: DK-Games Players: 1 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points Description: Welcome to FIZZ, the explosive puzzle game. In FIZZ, you earn points by creating rings of energy. To do that, you must align identical colours and create links between the different nodes. The bigger your rings, the more points you earn. There will be outside events that get in your way, such as asteroids, meteorite showers and aliens who'll try to break your nodes. Magnetic storms and pulsars will change colours, and magnetic spheres will prevent you from using the nodes in the surrounding area. Exceedingly simple to understand but challenging to master, FIZZ is an inventive puzzle challenge that will have gamers on the edge of their seats.
Target Toss Pro: Lawn Darts Publisher: Incredible Technologies Players: 1-16 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) Price: 700 Wii Points Description: Target Toss Pro: Lawn Darts is a new video game based on one of the nation's most infamous backyard games. There are four types of flying-dart action to choose from: Classic Lawn Darts, 501, Cricket and Poker Darts. Each game has a unique scoring method and strategy to keep players entertained for hours. Classic Lawn Darts involves throwing three darts at two circles with an escalating Red Dot Bonus bull's-eye in the centre. 501 is similar to the classic pub darts game of the same name; throw three darts at a dartboard during eight rounds of play until all 501 points – and not one point more – are cleared. Cricket is another classic pub darts game of three tosses per round, challenging players to close out the bull's eye and the numbers 15 through 20 before their opponent. Poker Darts involves launching five darts at a deck of 52 playing cards while attempting to get the best poker hand and highest scores over three hands.
Astro Bugz Revenge Publisher: Sudden Games Players: 1-2 ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence Price: 700 Wii Points Description: Astro Bugz Revenge is an action-puzzle game with a retro vibe. Protect our solar system from astro bugz and blast them by matching three or more bugz. Pick up valuable power-ups and activate them to annihilate the incoming invaders. Flip to the other side in Revenge mode and play as the bugz. Test your skills against your friends by playing in Co-Op or Versus mode. This action-packed game will surely keep you challenged.