A great month this time around. Managed to get a load of stuff added to the collection. I also managed to add a couple to my top 10’s.

World Cup USA 94 – Sega Mega Drive

World Cup USA 94 is a top-down football (soccer) game recreating the namesake tournament. Beside the 24 teams who qualified for the actual World Cup, other significant footballing nations like England, France and Denmark can be drafted in. Tackling is difficult and passing is easy, making for a flowing end-to-end style of play. The presentation of the menus is largely icon-based, with the official mascot featured prominently.

Rating – Boxed No Manual
Price Paid – £4.00 (Cash Converters)

Lotus Turbo Challenge – Sega Mega Drive

This sequel to Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge is again a behind-the-car viewed racing game. The racing takes place in eight distinct circuits, with new surface and weather effects such as desert and snow. Later in the game, you must race through two-way motorways with oncoming traffic (incorporating civilian cars and trucks), and face tougher levels aided by speed and time boost pick-ups.
You are no longer racing directly against other cars or over laps; instead, racing is time-based as you have limited time to reach each checkpoint. Reaching each of these extends your time, and any remaining time is turned into bonus points if you successfully complete the track.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £4.00 (Cash Converters)

Cool Spot – Sega Mega Drive

Cool Spot is a colorful 2D platform game featuring the 7-Up mascot as the main protagonist. The game objective is fairly simple and straightforward. The player character has to collect enough number of cool points throughout each level in order to find and rescue his captured uncool Spot buddies and complete the game.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £9.60 (Cash Converters)

Batman Returns – Sega Mega Drive

Batman Returns is a platform game in which the Dark Knight must traverse five action-filled levels on his way to confront the Penguin.
Areas include the rooftops of Gotham City, Max Shreck’s department store, the Red Triangle Circus and the sewers. Besides run-and-jump action, there’s also a lot of combat in the game, as many of the Penguin’s henchmen stand in Batman’s way. He can knock them out with punches and kicks and a number of extra weapons stored in his utility belt. These include batarangs, which come in standard and self-seeking varieties, and smoke bombs that stun enemies for a while. In addition, Batman can shoot from his grappling gun and unleash a deadly swarm of bats towards enemies. All of these weapons have limited ammo, however, that must be collected.
Other special tools Batman can use include the grappling hook to reach high places or swing across chasms, and his cape, which can be used to slow falls.
Each of the five levels features several boss battles against Catwoman, the Penguin and others.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £9.60 (Cash Converters)

Talmit’s Adventure – Sega Mega Drive

In the land of Coni, its inhabitants lived in harmony. At its center lies a mountain called “Peace”, in which an amusement park known as “Marvel Land” resides. This park is well-protected by the Fairies. Later, King Mole became rule of the under dwellers and sent his minions to take over Marvel Land, imprisoning the Fairies inside crystal balls.
A young lad named Talmit is called upon to rescue Wondra the princess, and free the Fairies from King Mole. Marvel Land consists of five worlds with seven stages each, and the game plays in platform style, in which you need to run through the level, killing enemies, and find the exit door. More often than not, you have to go through a bullseye to reach it. If you hit the bullseye at its center, you are awarded more points than you do by hitting it above or below.
You kill enemies by either jumping on their heads or attacking them with clones, which trail your movement unless you use them to attack enemies or collect food. The clones have a limited life and disappear one by one as you use them.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £4.99 (Cash Converters Online)

Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair – Sega Mega Drive

Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair is a quite different game to most of the games in the Wonder Boy series. You play a green-haired dude who must attack the invaders that attempt to collect weapons and use them to destroy the land. The game starts out like a simple platform game, but it’s just when Wonder Boy enters the skull further on that the game is transformed into a shoot ’em up, so basically the gameplay consists of action and shooter scenes.
In the action scenes, your vitality decreases as you make your way towards the skull, but this can be restored by collecting fruit. A wide variety of weapons can be picked up, and not only does these allow you to use the weapons for a limited amount of time, but they also increase your vitality.
In the shooter scenes, you ride your pink friend as you make your way through the scene. Here, your vitality remains static unless you are hit by an enemy passing by. As usual, there is a boss waiting for you at the end which you must defeat. Every boss changes color to show how much damage has been done to it. You have to defeat some bosses in two stages.
If your vitality gets low in each scene, you’ll lose a life. You can also choose to have Wonder Girl join you, as two players can play the game.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £12.99 (Cash Converters Online)

Alien Storm – Sega Mega Drive

The aliens are invading Earth, and it’s up to the “Alien Busters” to wipe them out and destroy their creator. The Busters consist of Karla, Gordon, and Scooter. Each one of them have their own weapons and special attacks.
When you start the game, you can select any one of these characters to play as. There are eight missions to complete with several stages, and each mission has you blasting aliens all the way to the end, from the streets to the mother ship where you’ll meet the mother of all aliens. Unfortunately, blasting these aliens will not be an easy task, as they get tougher in every mission, and are capable of hiding into objects such as plants, postboxes, trashcans, drums, and several others. Each mission has an objective such as rescuing people destroying an UFO.
When you deal with a few aliens, flying heads will appear, which you can shoot to collect life or energy (by the way, life is important to you, since if yours get empty, you’re dead). However, rather than using your ordinary weapons, you can use the special attacks that are enough to kill aliens you currently see. These types of attack vary depending on the character you choose at the start of the game. For instance, Gordon summons a U.S. Air Force Jet that drop bombs across the street, while Scooter is able to teleport out of his present location, and leave a series of bombs that will blow up aliens on sight, he will then re-appear. However, using your character’s special attack uses up a lot of energy, and if you have little or no energy, you can’t use it.

Rating – Boxed No Manual
Price Paid – £9.99 (Cash Converters Online)

Toy Story Manual – Sega Mega Drive

This manual is to complete my copy of Toy Story I recently purchased.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – Microsoft Xbox 360

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is an installment in the Metal Gear series and set four years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. The gameplay is very different from most of the other games in the series, with fast-paced action gameplay similar to Platinum Games’ own MadWorld or the Devil May Cry series. The protagonist is the cyborg ninja Raiden, who was previously the main character in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. After the shadow organization The Patriots was destroyed in MGS4, the various private military companies have turned into developing cyborg superhumans. Raiden is one of them, working mostly in security for PMC Maverick Securities with his colleagues Boris, Courtney, Doktor, Kevin and Sunny. During one of the assignments securing the safety of an African prime minister, the rival PMC Desperado Enterprises interferes and kills the politician. Raiden is badly damaged, but eventually returns to investigate Desperado’s plans. Through different chapters Raiden has to defeat the members and various cyborgs as powerful as himself.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £2.40 (Cash Converters)

Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP – Limited Pink Edition

This is a limited edition pink variation of the Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP. For more info on the console, please visit the page here.
This console did not come with the charger, I purchased the charger from eBay for £11.95.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £75.95 (Cash Converters, eBay)

Excalibur Space Invaders Electronic Portable Handheld Game

One of the all-time gaming classics is back to challenge and delight. Classic Space Invaders tests your reflexes as you move your laser gun left and right in an attempt to destroy wave after wave of aliens. As the battle progresses, you must also take out the mother ship to gain extra bonus points. Presented with a color screen, this mini arcade version easily fits right in your hands.

This is a really interesting handheld. Instead of having the usual colour screen, this features a screen that flips only halfway open. You view the screen by viewing a mirror which the main screen is reflected into. It is a novel way of viewing the action.

Rating – Loose
Price Paid – £8.00 (Cash Converters)

Game Boy: The Box Art Collection Book

Whether you’re an old-school Game Boy fan, or discovering the wonders of Nintendo’s million-selling portable system for the very first time, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection is the book for you – it’s a vibrant celebration of some of the finest cover artwork for this monochrome marvel, which kick-started the handheld games industry.

Price Paid – £29.99 (Bitmap Books)

Sega Menacer Light Gun

For more pics and info please visit here

Rating – Boxed No Manual
Price Paid – £48 (Cex)

Silent Hill (Platinum Edition) – Sony Playstation

Harry Mason, an average man, is driving to the town of Silent Hill with his daughter. Upon approaching the town, a cop speeds by on a motorcycle. When Harry gets closer to town, he sees that same motorcycle sprawled in the middle of the road. Harry also spots a woman standing in the road, but due to the dense fog, he can’t stop in time, so he swerves to avoid her, crashing into a railing, knocking him unconscious.
When Harry wakes up, his daughter, Cheryl, is missing. Sensing that she would head to the town to seek help, Harry sets out on a journey, not knowing what to expect from this eerie town, enshrouded with fog.
You play Harry Mason, a normal man, with no powers or training of any kind. You must search through the town of Silent Hill, looking for your daughter. You will come across many people, some friendly, some not. You must visit many different areas, such as the school, and the church.
Will Harry find his daughter and safely get out, or is there more to this town than a simple fog layer?

Silent Hill is the first installment in the Silent Hill series of psychological survival horror video games. The game was developed by Team Silent and published by Konami. It was released for the Sony PlayStation in 1999.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £55 (Cex)

Q*Bert – Atari 2600

Q*bert is a popular arcade game. The goal is to change all of the tiles on a pyramid to the target color. To do this you guide Q*bert around the pyramid, and every tile he hops on will change color. On early levels, a single hop will change the tile to the desired color, but on later levels you may need to hop on a tile multiple times or even avoid hopping on a tile multiple times! Trying to stop Q*bert are many different creatures which wander around the board, including Coily the snake, Slick and Sam, and falling balls. On the edge of the board are floating discs; if Q*bert jumps on one of these discs when the snake is in pursuit, the snake will fall off the board while Q*bert is safely transported to the top.

Rating – Loose
Price Paid – £3.20 (Cash Converters)

Smurf – Atari 2600

Smurfette has been kidnapped and is being held atop a platform in Gargamel’s castle. The player controls a smurf across the screen and must jump over obstacles, away from spiders, eventually up to smurfette to rescue her. Completing of this task restarts the game with faster moving obstacles and it also takes longer (more scenes) to get to Gargamel’s castle.

Rating – Loose
Price Paid – £3.20 (Cash Converters)

Donkey Kong – Atari 2600

Released in the arcades in 1981, Donkey Kong was not only Nintendo’s first real smash hit for the company, but marked the introduction for two of their most popular mascots: Mario (originally “Jumpman”) and Donkey Kong.

Donkey Kong is a platform-action game that has Mario scale four different industrial themed levels (construction zone, cement factory, an elevator-themed level, and removing rivets from girders) in an attempt to save the damsel in distress, Pauline, from the big ape before the timer runs out. Once the rivets are removed from the final level, Donkey Kong falls, and the two lovers are reunited. From there, the levels start over at a higher difficulty.

Along the way, Mario must dodge a constant stream of barrels, “living” fireballs, and spring-weights. Although not as powerful as in other future games, Mario can find a hammer which allows him to destroy the barrels and fireballs for a limited amount of time. Additionally, Mario can also find Pauline’s hat, purse and umbrella for additional bonus points.

Donkey Kong is also notable for being one of the first complete narratives in video game form, told through simplistic cut scenes that advance the story. It should also be noted that in many conversions of the original coin-op game for early 1980’s consoles and computer-systems, Donkey Kong only used two or three of the original levels, with the cement factory most often omitted.

Rating – Loose
Price Paid – £4.00 (Cash Converters)

Nintendo Game Boy Pocket Battery Pack (MGB-002) Japanese

This Rechargeable Battery can be used in the Game Boy Color, Game Boy Pocket and the Game Boy LIGHT. The battery life is about 10 hours in Game Boy Color or Game Boy LIGHT. The battery life is about 8 hours in Game Boy Pocket.

This battery came with the Game Boy Charger (MGB-003) so I’ll need to be on the lookout for that.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £11.99 (Cash Converters)

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 – Nintendo Game Boy

Wario, Mario’s greedy rival from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, is more determined than ever to get a castle after being booted out of Mario’s. He has heard that the pirates of Kitchen Island have a golden Statue of Princess Toadstool that’s worth a king’s ransom! Wario figures that if he swipes the Princess’ statue for himself, as well as all the other loot the pirates have hoarded, he’ll have more than enough cash for a castle that’s even bigger and better than Mario’s!
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 is different from previous games in the series in that you control the brutish and greedy Wario. Even when small, Wario can break most bricks with a punch, and some enemies are so weak to him that they’ll just be pushed aside! Wario has a body slam attack that he can use to destroy enemies, and he can also pick them up and throw them at his foes. If that wasn’t enough, there are three different power ups that Wario can find. The Bull Hat lets him plough through bricks in a single hit, ram his horns into the ceiling to hold onto it, and butt stomp to stun all enemies. The Jet Hat allows him to fly horizontally for a short period of time, and increases his jump height and speed. Finally, the Dragon Hat allows him to breathe a long stream of fire for a short period of time.

Rating – Loose
Price Paid – £4.00 (Cash Converters)

David Crane’s The Rescue of Princess Blobette Starring A Boy and his Blob – Nintendo Game Boy

This unusual game is a mix of action and adventure. You control the Boy, who is accompanied by the very versatile Blob. Your goal, of course, is to rescue the Princess Blobette from a large castle. In order to do so, the Boy must use the Blob to get past the castle’s many obstacles. The Blob is an extremely useful creature. By feeding it jelly beans, it will turn into useful things like a trampoline, ladder, or key.

Rating – Loose
Price Paid – £3.20 (Cash Converters)

Konami Golf – Nintendo Game Boy

Konami Golf is a golf game with two courses which can be either played in training or tournament mode. After inspecting the field from an overhead view, the shot is performed from a separate window. First the player gets to choose the direction and club and then the classic “two click” system comes into play: a symbol moves on a circle and its position after pressing the button influences the drift and strength of the shot. It is important to consider the wind direction

Rating – Loose
Price Paid – £2.40 (Cash Converters)

Disney’s DuckTales – Nintendo Game Boy

Scrooge McDuck is the richest duck in the world. Regardless, he is searching the world for a lost treasure. He will have to explore jungles, castles, and mines to find all of the fortune. In each location he visits, Scrooge will also have to face a number of creepy and dangerous enemies. After completing one of the five levels, McDuck will be whisked to the next location by a variety of vehicles including transporters, a helicopter, and a UFO. Help a rich duck get even richer in DUCK TALES.

Rating – Loose
Price Paid – £4.00 (Cash Converters)

Balloon Kid – Nintendo Game Boy

Balloon Kid is a unique side-scrolling platform game. You control a little girl who’s brother has floated away on a big bunch of balloons. It’s up to you to chase after him through 8 treacherous levels. Instead of the usual jumping from platform to platform, you have a pair of balloons that allow you to float through the level. You must control your height carefully by tapping the ‘A’ button. Meanwhile, the screen is always scrolling to the left, and you have to keep up.
In addition to the single player adventure, there is a 2-player mode that allows you to compete against a friend via the Game Boy link cable. In this mode you try to get your opponent to maneuver their balloon kid into the various level hazards.

Rating – Loose
Price Paid – £2.40 (Cash Converters)

World Cup 98 – Nintendo Game Boy

World Cup 98 is a licensed game of the 1998 Football World Cup held in France from June 10 to July 12. Unlike the PC and console versions of the same name, this release does not feature official player names. Also, this version of the game features a 2D isometric view instead of the 3D graphics of the previously mentioned title. It uses the same engine and most graphics from the Game Boy version of FIFA 98: Road to World Cup.

Rating – Loose
Price Paid – £2.40 (Cash Converters)

Asciiware Game Boy Portable Carry-All Dlx

This is a hard case intended for use with the original Game Boy. The housing design of the this was modeled on the corrugated back of the Game Boy. The case has both a length-adjustable shoulder strap and a handle. One side of the case offers space for the Game Boy, some game instructions or, alternatively, the 4-player adapter, headphones, 4 AA batteries, a game light, the link cable and the Rechargeable Battery Pack 1. The other side of the case can hold up to 12 Play in protective covers, as well as another cable of your choice.
This case has slightly yellowed due to its age, it is in need of a little retro-brighting session.

Rating – Loose
Price Paid – £15.99 (Cash Converters)

Pokemon Emerald – Nintendo Game Boy Advance

Pokémon Emerald is the fifth Pokémon game of the advanced generation, after its predecessors Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, and LeafGreen. It takes place in the world of Hoenn but can also connect with Kanto-based games FireRed and LeafGreen as well. Like Pikachu and Suicune were for Yellow and Crystal respectively, Rayquaza plays a vital role in this game along with the other Legendaries, Groudon and Kyogre. Though similar to the original storyline that occurs in Hoenn, Emerald offers more changes than Yellow and Crystal.
The gameplay and controls are mostly unchanged from previous games in the series; players control a Pokémon trainer from an overhead perspective. As with Ruby and Sapphire, the player’s general goal is to traverse the Hoenn region and conquer a series of eight Pokémon Gyms in order to challenge the Elite Four and its Champion, while the main subplot is to defeat two criminal organizations attempting to harness a legendary Pokémon’s power for their own goals. Along with Pokémon that debuted in Ruby and Sapphire, the game incorporates Pokémon from Pokémon Gold and Silver not featured in Ruby and Sapphire.

I got this game for one reason only, to resell. I don’t do a lot of reselling because I am trying to build up a collection. I will occasionally buy a bundle consisting of a console and games, sell what I don’t need and use the cash to fund the collection. I intend to do it with this game. At the time of writing the game store CEX will give me £113 in cash or £133 in a voucher. I will opt for the voucher, because I can get something I will be happy to add to the collection. I have no desire to play a Pokemon game.
This game needed the CMOS battery replaced, please see here to view that process.

Rating – Boxed Inc Manual (No Insert)
Price Paid – £39.99 (Cash Converters)

Philips G7000 Game Bundle

I purchased this bundle from a seller on Facebook, which was a nightmare, read all about it here.

Videopac 9 – Computer Programmer (Cased, No Manual Or Insert)

Videopac 35 – Electronic Billiards (Cased With Manual)

Videopac 33 – Jumping Acrobats (Cased With Manual)

Videopac 22 – Space Monster (Cased With Manual)

Videopac 25 – Skiing (Cased With Manual)

Videopac 10 – Golf (Boxed With Manual)

Videopac 11 – Cosmic Conflict (Boxed No Manual)

Videopac 1 – Race / Spinout / Cryptogram (Boxed With Manual)

Videopac 18 – Laser War (Boxed With Manual)

Videopac 4 – Air Sea War / Battle (Loose)

Videopac 6 – Bowling / Basketball (Loose)

Price Paid – £50 (Facebook)

The Chessmaster – Sega Game Gear

The Chessmaster is a game where the player has the chance to play against the CPU controlled Chessmaster at a standard game of chess.
To play the game, the player must pick up the chess pieces with their hand cursor and place it in the desired location, within the rules of a standard chess game. There are 16 different difficulty levels, including 2 beginner levels, 13 standard levels (ranging from an average of 5 seconds to 4.5 minutes per shot depending on level), and an infinite level that will keep thinking of a shot until a perfect shot can be made or it is forced to make a move. There is also a teaching mode that shows the player all the possible moves with the selected piece. Two players can play against each other with two controllers and there is also an option for letting the Chessmaster play against itself.

Rating – Loose
Price Paid – £1.59 (Cash Converters)

George Foreman’s KO Boxing – Sega Game Gear

Players are cast as George Foreman to go through a series of boxing matches against different opponents to win the championship title belt. Compared to the other titles, these versions have new opponents and show the boxers from the side. Players can move left or right in the ring to avoid punches. Other moves including blocking, and left and right punches that can be varied into jabs and crosses. Matches can last up to ten rounds and when no regular or technical knock-out occurs, the winner is based on the jury’s points, provided between the rounds. During knock-out phases, no buttons need to be pressed to get the boxer back to his feet. At the start of the game, a slow or fast speed for the gameplay can be selected.

Rating – Loose
Price Paid – £1.59 (Cash Converters)

The House Of The Dead 2 – Sega Dreamcast

The House of The Dead 2 is a conversion of Sega’s popular light gun arcade game. In this game you play the role of a detective out to stop a madman who has unleashed zombies and other horrid creatures on an Italian city. You have to kill the monsters, save people and find out the plans behind this mayhem. The game uses a auto game camera which pans around in a preset manner as you venture through the city killing the creatures and rescuing people. Extra modes like training and time trial are included for replayability.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £15.00 (Cex)

Dark Souls III – Sony Playstation 4

Dark Souls III is the fourth entry in the Souls franchise (with Demon’s Souls being the spiritual predecessor to the series). There are many references to the previous entries scattered throughout the game, such as old NPCs, familiar places and items, and so on.
The gameplay remains true to the series (particularly to the first Dark Souls game), despite also having clear influences from Bloodborne. The player starts the game by choosing one of the 10 available classes, being able to customize the appearance of the character to their liking. The flow of the game is clearly faster than the first Dark Souls game, though not as fast-paced as Bloodborne – there is still the need for planned out blocking and dodging, while waiting for your chance to counterattack. Also available is the regular host of weapons and armor to choose from, allowing for a very high level of replayability. The level design also remains true to the series, with several interconnected paths and secrets spread throughout. The covenant system is back along with the multiplayer mode, where players can interact in the same fashion as before, with invasions and co-op. One of the new additions to the game is the Weapon Arts system. This mechanic allows the player to have a specific stance for each of the weapons encountered in the game, being able to unleash a special movement with them by spending FP points (which are also used for casting magic, like in Demon’s Souls). This new system only adds to the depth of the game, paving the way for even more diverse character creation.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £18 (Cex)

Demon’s Souls – Sony Playstation 5

Demon’s Souls is an action RPG focusing on brutal hack-and-slash gameplay in a fantasy world and a high difficulty level with few introductions. It is a remake of the 2009 game of the same name. It stays faithful to the original vision, only adding smaller additions and changes to the gameplay, but visually redone entirely including new motion capture animations. The game can be run in a Cinematic mode with 30FPS and a native 4K resolution or a Performance mode with 60FPS and a dynamic 4K resolution.
Character customization has been expanded with more options. New elements include armor, rings and weapons. There are also new items called Grains providing temporary resistance against various ailments. The carry capacity and encumbrance system has been revised, for instance to reduce the amount of grasses the character can carry as healing items and more weight assigned to potent ones. The game can now be paused and a Photo mode is available. There is also a Fractured World option that reverses the environment layout. The original score was redone entirely now utilizing a choir and a full orchestra. The voice acting was redone as well. The DualSense’s haptic features are used to provide aid in timing parries and the feeling of striking metal.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £48.00 (Cex)

Aladdin – Nintendo SNES

Disney’s Aladdin is based on the 1992 Disney animated film. For the GBA and the SNES editions development was handled by Capcom. Like other versions, the game is a side-scrolling platformer where the player controls Aladdin through locations from the movie like the city of Agrabah, the Cave of Wonders, and Jafar’s palace. Some locations not appearing in the film include a trippy, candy-colored world inside the Genie’s lamp and an ancient pyramid. Enemies standing in Aladdin’s way include the Sultan’s guards, animals and various magical creatures. They can be dispatched by jumping on top of them or by throwing apples at them. Besides jumping and throwing, another one of Aladdin’s abilities consists of him pulling out a blanket and using it to slow his fall.
Besides the platform levels, the game also includes magic carpet rides as well as a bonus game played between levels: if Aladdin collects a golden scarab in a level, he can play a wheel of fortune for extra health, lives or continues.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £25.00 (Cex)

Pilotwings – Nintendo SNES

Fly a selection of aircraft (including training vehicles, fighter planes and helicopters) through a range of training programs and missions. The more training you complete, the better the chance that you will complete the even bigger missions. Try your hand at landing, taking off, party tricks, fly through bad weather and shoot down targets.

This cartridge is very yellowed, but I will swap this cart with my loose copy of the game.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £22.00 (Cex)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Nintendo 3DS

Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a social simulation game. The player takes on the role as the new mayor in a small village populated by animals. Gameplay consists of improving the village with new buildings and decorations, collecting furniture and items for one’s house, and donating fossils, fish, insects and art to the local museum.

Several features in the game make their series debut here, while others have been brought back from older Animal Crossing games after having not been seen in the DS or Wii entries. These include public works projects, which allow new landmarks and buildings to be added to the town, as well as altering the appearance of certain major buildings; the Dream Suite, which allows players to visit other towns in a single-player session; a tropical island that hosts minigames and multiplayer interactions; Re-Tail, a store that acts as a flea market and allows the player to customize certain furniture items with alternate color schemes or patterns; and QR code sharing for player-made clothing and patterns.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £14.40 (Cash Converters)

Mario Party DS – Nintendo DS

Mario Party DS continues the Mario Party gameplay on the Nintendo DS. It is a multiplayer game played as a board game. Each player can choose between well known characters from the Mario universe such as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Yoshi, Princess Daisy, Toad, Wario and Waluigi. Players play mini-games to earn stars. At the end of the game the player with most stars wins the game.

It is possible to play the game with four players in multiplayer. With download-play only one cartridge is required. Each round the players roll dice to advance on the board. Somewhere on the board a star is located, which can be collected by the first player to reach that spot. After each round the players play a mini-game, this can be free for all, 1 vs. 3 or 2 vs. 2. The game includes 74 different mini-games and some of them use the stylus or microphone.

Rating – Complete
Price Paid – £14.40 (Cash Converters)