101-in-1 Explosive Megamix

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Alex Porter, Common Sense Media
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A big collection of varied but uninspired short minigames.

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One of the games has you sticking pins in a vodoo doll.

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One minigame is a 2D battle between tanks. Another is a paintball shootout.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a collection of short minigames presented in an simple, cartoony style. There is some mild cartoon violence which shows up in minigames about a 2D tank battle, sticking a voodoo doll with pins, and a paintball battle.

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What's it about?

101-IN-1 EXPLOSIVE MEGAMIX offers a sequence of different minigames - each under two minutes long - most using the DS stylus directly on the touchscreen to control the action. Games have players juggling rings, tossing darts or ninja stars, shooting a basketball, popping balloons, sticking a voodoo doll, and so on. There are a wide variety of genres here, from sports to space shooter, and some light puzzles, too.

Each play earns you coins and points. Once a player either exceeds a given point score and beats the computer score or earns enough coins, they can purchase the next game or advance automatically until all 101 games are unlocked

Is it any good?

While there are lots of short games rolled into this single, budget game; few are unique and most are mediocre variations on minigames seen before.

Some are easy to beat, others are frustratingly difficult. The games seem to be strung together in a random fashion, with maddeningly tough one next to very simple. Also, there's no way to access different genres of game; there are sports, space, puzzle and other types, certainly enough to warrant an option to play by genre. To be fair, this is a budget title. At 20 bucks, you get a few hours of diversion. Not a bad thing on a long car trip.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their favorite games. Would you rather play a game with a deep story or explore short minigames like the ones found here? 

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $19.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Atlus
  • Release date: May 12, 2009
  • Genre: Mini-games
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischeif, Mild cartoon violence

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