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This was originally posted by me on March 18th, 2008 for a short-lived and soon-returning series of posts entitled DS on DS, for the site I write for, www.DigitalSomething.com. I will be posting the rest of the articles throughout the week leading up to the return of DS on DS on Friday.
This game is trash. Plain and simple. If I were your daughter and you bought this game for me as a gift, I would assume that you hated me, and I would run away from home. Then I would probably meet A Pimp Named Slickback and get sucked into a world of drugs and selling my body. That's how bad this game is.
Let's start with the story. The Bratz are trying to get to a fashion show to win a pair of diamond covered go-go boots. Or something like that. I wasn't paying too much attention. After the asinine intro, you then choose a pet to adopt. You can either choose a dog, cat, or bunny. There is also a fourth mystery pet who is unlocked at the start. Best I can figure, it has to be some sort of demon because this game was obviously forged deep in the bowels of Hell.
After you pick your pet (I chose the bunny), you are inside the tour bus. Although, it isn't really a bus, it's actually the trailer of a freakin semi. Yes, the stars of this game are living out of a semi truck. I guess if they don't make it to the fashion show in time, they can always become a roving band of Lot Lizards (if you don't get it, ask someone who's a truck driver). Inside the trailer, you control one of the girls. You can walk around inside the trailer doing little activities, like applying makeup with the stylus, or caring for your virtual pet (which has less features than the original Tamagotchi). In the makeup "game", I painted the girl's entire face purple, which took forever to do considering the size of their heads and the fact that the drawing tool has a width of one pixel. Then I exited the "game" and she was back to normal. None of it stays there, thus rendering the 15 minutes it took to completely cover her face a gigantic waste of time, much like the rest of this game. So, I decided to turn it off and go back to playing Nanostray 2.
The bottom line: Don't buy this for anyone. Unless you really do hate them. This game will get the message out loud and clear.
This was originally posted by me on March 4th, 2008 for a short-lived and soon-returning series of posts entitled DS on DS, for the site I write for, www.DigitalSomething.com. I will be posting the rest of the articles throughout the week leading up to the return of DS on DS on Friday.
What do you get when you take a widely known song and mix it with squeaky, high pitched singers? No, it's not the American Idol tryouts. You get Alvin & The Chipmunks for the Nintendo DS.
It took me a while to figure out what I was going to say about this one because I have very mixed feelings about this game. On one hand, it has a high nostalgia factor because it is Alvin & The Chipmunks. And on the other hand, it is Alvin & The Chipmunks. I mean, that is the deciding factor on whether or not you will want to purchase this game. Well, that and the fact that it is a music-rhythm game.
The game plays like a mutant offspring of Guitar Hero and Elite Beat Agents. The controls are fairly solid. Yes, there are a few things that are kind of wonky, but overall they work good. The only thing I don't like doing is yelling "Alvin!" in the middle of a song. Not only is it out of place, but yelling at your DS always gets you strange looks.
There is something that somewhat resembles a story mode, but there isn’t much to it and the only reason to play it is to unlock songs (14 in all). It's something about trying to get to a big concert venue or something. I wasn't really paying attention.
The most important song by Alvin & The Chipmunks, the Christmas Song, is in the game. I have to be honest though, I was surprised at the rest of the song selections for this game. Chipmunked versions of songs like "Love Shack", "Video Killed the Radio Star", and "Shiny Happy People" turn up, but the one that surprised me the most was "Walking on the Sun". They actually didn't change the lyrics and the "What the hell happened" is intact, yet they changed half the words in "Tubthumping". Odd.
If you can stand the songs and like this style of game, this one may actually be worth buying. I never thought I would say that about a game based on Alvin & The Chipmunks, but there you have it.
I leave you with a short clip of "It's Tricky" on Hard. Making this video taught me something though. It is hard as hell to play with a camera on a tripod between you and a DS.
Ok, so, I vanished for a while. And even though I know none of you are asking "why", I am going to answer.
At the time of my original disappearing act, I had just started a new full-time job in the world of radio. I ended up taking on a LOT of responsibility, which ended up killing most of my free time.
Then in April, we found out my wife was preggers with baby #2. Everything was going great.
Near the beginning of July, my wife lost her job. The company she worked for decided to close the office in our town, and that was that. We were okay though.... I was making enough to cover the bills, and we had our insurance through my job.
Then, three weeks later, the owner of the station I worked for decided to make the station almost 100% automated.
So, here we are, both unemployed, 6 1/2 months pregnant, and my wife not getting unemployment because of a part-time job working for her Aunt that she quit three months before she lost her other job. I fucking hate Michigan.
On the bright side though, I had some people give me money to buy a working 360.