Adding another "casual" game to the already grandma-friendly DS catalog is something that most who claim themselves to be hardcore gamers would sneer at, but I've always argued that the term "hardcore" should be used to describe those with a passion for great video games, regardless of where they come from or what genre they're crammed into.
Enter NEVES, the new puzzle game published by Yuke's of America. Using what is arguably one of the simplest concepts the puzzler genre has ever seen, NEVES approaches all the classically styled block games that have found a cozy home on the Nintendo DS and asks if they want another roommate.
NEVES, on its surface, is just what you'd expect from any typical puzzle game. It's fun, it's insanely addictive, and it utilizes blocks in some manner. What sets it apart, however, is how inherently simple it is, and how it conjures so much goddamn fun from something so absurdly basic. You've probably done something like it a thousand times, (maybe in kindergarten,) but somehow it still manages to feel like a fresh experience.
The meat of the game is Silhouettes? mode, and the other three modes are just variations of it. 7 Steps mode requires that you place each block in the correct position on the first try. Deselecting a block in favor of a more attractive one counts as a turn against you, so you'd better know what you're going to do with that triangle, otherwise you've failed. Time Pressure mode is self-explanatory, and the multiplayer mode (which only requires one DS card, hooray!) consists of trying to clear your puzzle faster than your opponent can.
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