I’m going on vacation next weekend to visit Disney World with my adorable nieces and the rest of our family. My older niece, however, will not let me get too much gaming on the flight done, so instead of bringing a game I can really engross myself in (like Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance), I took a look at three casual games from publisher Rising Star Games where I’ll be able to get in five minutes here, five minutes there.
Jewel Master: Cradle of Persia
Developed by Cerasus Media, Cradle of Persia is a Match-3 casual game, from the best-selling Jewel Master series. To advance through each of the 100 levels, you need to match 3 jewels on the screen. You can do this by tapping on them with your stylus, or dragging one from the other. You can only go up and down, or left and right. The challenges will only get harder the more you play, and there are plenty of trophies for you to earn depending on how quickly and in what manner you solve the puzzles.
Jewel Master: Cradle of Persia is available now for the Nintendo DS and you can probably pick it up for under $20.
Jewel Master: Cradle of Rome 2
Like the predecessor on this list, Cradle of Rome 2 is another Match-3 casual game from developer Cerasus Media, except it’s the first one in the franchise to be on the Nintendo 3DS. There are also another 100 levels for you to play through, and a variety of trophies for you to try and achieve.
I turned on the 3D for only a few moments before getting the expected headache. (In fairness, I tried the game on my daily commute which takes place on a subway.) I played the rest of the time with the 3D turned off.
Jewel Master: Cradle of Rome 2 is available now for the Nintendo 3DS and you can also probably pick it up for under $20.
Based on two popular iOS games, To-Fu Collection includes The Trials of Chi and To-Fu 2 and is developed by HotGen Ltd. If you never played on your iPhone, you stretch and ping a character named To-Fu through 200 levels with your stylus. You’ll need to collect Chi while trying to avoid booby traps like saws. To-Fu will stick to almost anything, though on glass surfaces, he’ll slide down.
The game is played on the bottom screen of your DS, while achievements for different feats you pull off are displayed on the top DS screen.
This was easily my favorite of the three games, and I’m surprised I missed these games when they originated on the iPhone. While I’ve yet to play them on that platform, I found the stylus incredibly intuitive, and the level design was stretched (pun intended) in such a way, that there were numerous solutions based on the ideas the game had taught you previously. I found myself turning back to this game regularly.
If I can only pack one game on my way to Disney, it’ll probably be this game. (Though I can almost guarantee my niece is going to want to try it too.)
To-Fu Collection is available now for the Nintendo DS and, as you guessed, you can probably pick it up for under $20.
* Full Disclosure: A copy of all three of the games above were provided by Rising Star Games to the writer for the purpose of these reviews. *