A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game encourages players to explore different types of puzzles in an upbeat setting. New achievements are celebrated with swirling stars.
Positive Role Models
This is a game full of casual games to explore by yourself. There are no other characters.
Ease of Play
The games are very simplistic. Most can be figured out without directions -- but each walks players through the rules and has a help button that's always accessible and can give them a refresher if they've forgotten how to play.
Violence & Scariness
In one mini-game, players must dodge rolling balls and a stampeding bull. If they're hit, they're knocked to the ground.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that TouchMaster: Connect is a collection of 20 mini-games for the Nintendo DS handheld gaming system. Included among them are clones of sudoku and solitaire along with other matching puzzles, card games, and action games. There are some minor privacy concerns, as players can log in to Facebook and Twitter to post their scores and achievements they earn as they play. Also, a global leaderboard lets players rank themselves against others, but no personal information is sent. Multiplayer is limited to head-to-head using local Wi-Fi and system swap (letting players hand the DS back and forth). Several games require users to use basic math skills to play, which can be a fun alternative to doing tables on a blackboard.
Is It Any Good?
There's nothing particularly original in TouchMaster: Connect. All of the games are offshoots of familiar other titles, such as the "Match 3 or more" gameplay of Bejeweled or the "knock the blocks" style of Breakout or "tic tac toe trivia" of Hollywood Squares. That said, they don't need to be original. This game brings them all together in one cartridge. If one isn't suited to your tastes, there are plenty of other options. There is, literally, something for everyone. The game is generous with its rewards and achievements, which encourages you to keep playing. And the new social aspects -- especially the leader boards -- will be a big hit with the series' avid fan base. This is the fourth game in the Touchmaster series.
Online interaction: Players can post their scores and achievements on Facebook and Twitter directly from their DS via Nintendo's Wi-Fi connection. There's also a worldwide leaderboard.
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