Plot: What’s it about?
A major trend in video games of late is “pick up and play” titles, games which require little to no lead-in and allow players to dive right in. If you have five minutes, you’ll have five minutes of full entertainment and if you have an hour, that hour will be packed with enjoyment. As we all know, some games require a great deal of time invested, thanks to storylines and deep gameplay, but we don’t always have that kind of time to put in. So when you just want to have some instant fun, games like Touchmaster 2 fill that void quite well. In this sequel to the popular Touchmaster, you’ll find over 20 new mini-games to delve into, fun stuff like pool, bowling, visual puzzles, and even some cool arcade style ones. So regardless of your own preference for type of game, Touchmaster 2 is sure to have ones you’ll spend hours with.
When I first put Touchmaster 2 into my DS, I intended on doing a quick scan of the available games, maybe spend fifteen minutes just scoping it out. But an hour and a half later, I was still exploring the games and I hadn’t even played half of them yet. So when the case tells you that Touchmaster 2 can be addictive, that is not hype. Touchmaster 2 has over 20 new games, all organized into five sections, which are cards, action, strategy, puzzles, and picture. As you look into each section, you’ll find a nice varied selection of mini-games, most of which are a blast. Each game can be played several ways, such as a standard high score mode or a time attack mode, to score as much as possible within a given window. If you’re skilled at the games, you can win different trophies, which adds some replay value potential. You can also hook up with friends who have the game, which can lead to some very fun multi player battles. In the end, Touchmaster 2 is a lot of fun and if you’re a fan of these mini-game collections, it is well worth a look.
Video: How does it look?
The visuals here are rather simplistic at times, but have impressive moments. The DS can provide some great visuals and it does here, especially in the picture section, which yields some detailed images to scour. All of the games look good, but only a few look great, though the visuals never impact the fun factor, which is great news. The images here are bright and colorful, well in line with similar releases on the DS. So not a graphics powerhouse, but the games all look fine.
Audio: How does it sound?
The audio is passable, but not memorable. The music is not the best, but sounds appropriate for this kind of release. Same holds true for the sound effects, with all the elements coming across is clear fashion. So no technical flaws to mention, just a decent, if forgettable audio performance.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This release includes no bonus materials.