Design a Game for Datel! Competition entries


Perpetual PD favourite Sokoban comes to the DS with the inevitably-monikered DSokoban, a rather neat offering from Adree. The game’s mechanics are well known, but just in case you’ve never come across it before, it’s all about pushing boxes. And only pushing. You can never pull them, or edge them sideways; only push. You can only push one box at a time too, so be careful about moving boxes next to each other.

Each level features a series of boxes which must be moved, one square at a time, to the given goals. Push the wrong box in the wrong direction and you can render the level unsolveable. A unit in a corner, for example, cannot be moved at all as there’s no way of pushing it into a clear space. If you make a mistake, you can undo your last move, or restart the level entirely should you completely mess it up. Complete a stage and you get a warp code so you don’t have to start from scratch every time you play.
There are two modes in DSokoban, namely the new Treasure Castle, and the Boxxle Levels lifted from the PD classic. Both are fiendishly addictive, with puzzles ranging from easy-peasy to tricky enough to make you pull your hair out in frustration. It’s the ideal game for short journeys or a spare five minutes, though if you’ve more time to spend, it can fill an afternoon.

Breakout on the Nintendo DS
Above: DSokoban on the Nintendo DS starts off easy

Breakout on the Nintendo DS
Above: But before you know whats hit you the levels get tough!

Breakout on the Nintendo DS
Above: The games main screen interface

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Competition 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.
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