Fifty prizes of Datel DS goodie bundles are up for grabs…

Design a Game for Datel!

Fifty prizes of Datel DS goodie bundles are up for grabs…

The Nintendo DS has a thriving home brew scene, with skilled programmers creating all sorts of wonderful games and applications. They’re easy to use too – just get a home brew solution such as Datel’s MAX Media Dock, download the software from sites such as and transfer them to your media dock. You can then launch them through MAX Media’s intuitive desktop.

Max Media Player - For DS

To celebrate the success of MAX Media Dock for the Nintendo DS, Datel is looking for the best home brew games around to offer as downloads or to possibly be bundled with future products. They don’t have to be new games – if you’ve already released a game onto the home brew scene, feel free to submit it for the competition. We’re not after exclusive publication rights either. If your game’s one of the lucky winners, you can still distribute it on the net and issue updated releases. In fact, if you’ve already written a game, entering the competition will be no effort at all!

But what’s in it for you?

Easy – we’re giving away up to 50 bundles of Datel DS goodies, worth £100/$180 each! And if that’s not enough, your game will also get a much increased distribution, with Datel’s seal of approval bringing it to the attention of professional DS coding teams who might – just might – be looking for new recruits.

To enter, just send a copy of your game with a few simple instructions to by Tuesday 31st October. If you’re one of the winners, we’ll get back to you after this date.

Max Media Player - For DS
Entries so far...
Breakout DS Breakout DS
The arcade classic finds its way on to the Nintendo DS thanks to Max Media Player.
DSokoban DSokoban
Clever treasure puzzle game with puzzles ranging from easy-peasy to tricky enough to make you pull your hair out in frustration.
DSudoku DSudoku
The pen-and-paper classic comes to the DS, and the developer has put a great deal of effort into turning it into a videogame.
Earth Invaders Earth Invaders
Positioned at the foot of the screen Space Invaders style, You blasts out bullets with attitude for as long as your stylus is on the touchscreen.
Super Snake DS Super Snake DS
Guide your roving reptile around the screen, eating the fruit and food scattered around the playing area.
Warrior Training Warrior Training
an interesting mix of game styles.
London Underground AMAP4DS
A map of the London Underground is always a handy thing to have when visiting the capital. This is the Nintendo DS version.
Stringy Things Stringy Things DS
Stringy Things DS is a compendium of word games.
Minesweeper Minesweeper DS
Fans of classic gaming will soon be able to play it on the move.
DDRlite DDRlite
It does what it says on the tin, with no real surprises.
Battleship Battleship
Now here’s a game worth playing! A fair old rendition of the classic pencil-and-paper offering.
Memory Memory
What can you say about Memory that isn’t obvious from the screenshots?
Tic Tac Toe Tic Tac Toe
This one’s Noughts and Crosses on the DS.
Prohibition Prohibition
Interesting – an Amstrad CPC game brought to the DS in an unofficial conversion.
Joggle DS Joggle DS
It’s daunting at first, but as you sit and think, all sorts of words present themselves.
PaddleBattleDS PaddleBattleDS
Now here’s a text-book example of how to make good use of the touchscreen and create a game which could only have appeared on the DS.
Fushido Fushido
Another delightful puzzler!
There really is an IRC client for the Nintendo DS, and it works a treat too!
Bahlz Bahlz
Played entirely on the touchscreen, Bahlz offers you a grid of spheres which you must destroy by touching groups of similarly-coloured units.
AquelaBall AquelaBall
AquelaBall you must win over 75% of the screen by boxing it off.
Double Skill DoubleSkill
It’s daunting at first, but as you sit and think, all sorts of words present themselves.
Chain Reaction Chain Reaction
It’s often the simplest games that are the most addictive, and they don’t come much simpler than Chain Reaction.
Hexa Virus HexaVirus
How low can you go?
CarreRouge CarreRouge
Drag a red square around with the stylus, and avoid the floating blue shapes.
Chess DSChess
DSChess is definitely one of the more ambitious home brew games out there.
No Place To Hide No Place to Hide
Now here's a killer! No Place to Hide offers ten minigames based on a single theme.
Pop The Balls Pop The Balls
Another simple winner, this little puzzler presents the player with a grid of coloured spheres.
The Collection The Collection
The Collection is a compendium of four games in a single pack.
Digger DS DiggerDS
DiggerDS is a port of the classic Digger or Boulderdash game.
Bubbles Bubbles
The aim of the game is to keep your bubble alive by fusing it with smaller bubbles of the correct colour.
Invasion Invasion
You play the part of a UFO pilot, guiding your craft around the screen with the stylus, and pressing pretty-much any button on the DS to send out a shockwave which blows the heat-seeking missiles targeted at your craft out of the sky.
Blazing Blocks Blazing Blocks
It won't win any awards for originality, but at least it has a two-player mode.
Letter Link DS Letter Link DS
The longer the word, the higher the score..
Sonic DS Demo Sonic DS Demo

Not an official Sega product, this is basically a demo of what a DS Sonic game could be like. A rough demo. A very rough demo...

Zi Zi
You start with a square grid, with new pieces falling onto the playing area from all four sides.
Puzzle DS Puzlle DS
Puzzle DS is a reproduction of those slidey puzzle devices where you had to recreate a picture by sliding tiles.
Caisses Caisses
It's clear a lot of care and attention has been paid to the presentation here.
Doublons Doublons
An interesting theme on the old memory chestnut.

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JNKplat JNKplat
A reach-the-exit platformer from the old school.
Marshmellow Duel DS Marshmellow Duel DS
The idea is you move around an arena made up of horizontal platforms, snatching weapons from floating bubbles and using them to strike at your opponent.
Numberminds NumberMinds
You're attempting to guess a five-digit number here. You get 24 attempts in Easy Mode, 16 in Medium and 12 in Hard Mode.
WiFi Blubb WiFi Blubb
An interesting twist on the Battleships theme, you can move your ships as you play here.
Hangman Hangman
Hangman is a worthy download. By retaining its focus on ease of play for quick games, it’s found its niche as a means of killing a spare minute or two..
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