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Gaming to Go: Picross DS

Math is fun! Or something. Normal people likely don't put much stock in the words, but every now and then a complex equation or three can be a great way to get the mathy part of your brain up and going. You could also just play Picross DS, an interesting take on the puzzle genre that emphasizes...

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Gaming to Go: Picross DS (p2)

A description of how a typical Picross puzzle plays out won't be the most exciting thing you'll read today, but bear with me for a moment as I run through the rules. You'll start with an empty grid of varying size -- starting at 5x5 and ultimately running up to 25x20 -- and a series of clues for...

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Gaming to Go: Picross DS (p3)

And there's the simple fact that it's fun, too. I've never been huge on number puzzles, but the ones included in Picross DS deftly combine good challenge and good entertainment, making it a great title to take with you whenever you're on the go. Amazon has it for a little under twenty bucks at the...

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Gaming to Go: Zoo Keeper

Zoo Keeper did two things I frankly never expected the moment I finally got my mitts on the cartridge. The first was a highly distressing personal evaluation delivered to me by a balding man with a suit and a cigar: "You are a total failure." These words stand alone in a sea of poorly-translated...

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Gaming to Go: Zoo Keeper (p2)

As the screenshots suggest, gameplay in Zoo Keeper is what we've come to grow to love from classic titles like Bejeweled and Planet Puzzle League. You'll see a random assortment of icons on the screen, more falling down every time you successfully switch the blocks around and line up three or more...

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Gaming to Go: Zoo Keeper (p3)

But what of sleep mode? Yeah, Zoo Keeper lacks it. I've read it comes from a bug in the programming which was fixed for European release, though that doesn't help the American audience much in the grand scheme of things. Being able to close the lid and put your game on hold is one of the more...

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Gaming to Go: Professor Layton and the Curious Village

A game revolving solely around time-consuming, tear-inducing brain teasers likely isn't anyone's first guess for the kind of quick gaming the DS so clearly excels at. Layton might be an unusual choice for this week's edition of Gaming to Go, but it's most certainly not a bad one, as the unique...

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Gaming to Go: Professor Layton and the Curious Village (p2)

As previously mentioned, Layton goes out of its way to make this whole puzzle-solving thing an even more pleasant experience. Some of the gameplay mechanics even make the title decently well-suited for gaming on the go, which is admittedly not what I expected at all the first time I fired it up. ...

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Gaming to Go: Professor Layton and the Curious Village (p3)

Amazon even has Layton for five dollars off right now, so what are you waiting for? Yes, the puzzles are difficult, but the fantastic graphics and charming storyline complement them well, so there's really no reason not to pick it up. Unless you hate puzzles. In which case you disappoint me...

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Gaming to Go: Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (p3)

So what are you waiting for? Ecclesia's utter newness means it still commands full-price, through thirty bones for such a quality title seems pretty reasonable. And the the game itself is well-suited for both speedy gaming and longer stretches of play, meaning you'll get your money's worth no...

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