Design a Game for Datel! Competition entries


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. PaddleBattleDS is a take on that old arcade favourite Air Hockey, where the two players batter a plastic puck with circular Perspex paddles, aiming to score in the goals at either end of the pitch. On the DS interpretation, the action takes place across both screens, with your opponent’s goal at the top of the upper screen and your own at the foot of the touchscreen. Control is via the stylus – touch the screen and it appears.

PaddleBattleDS just oozes attention to detail. There’s several tables to compete on, three computer opponents (all illustrated with pictures of cats) and even a couple of mini-games. The collision physics aren’t perfect (the puck tends to move sideways more often than it really should), but the AI is spot-on, offering a real challenge without being impossible.

This is what DS home brew is all about. Simple, addictive, and fun – everything a good game should be.

Stringy Thing
Above: Joggle intro screen on the Nintendo DS

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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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