TouchMaster 2 is a collection of various styles of games for the Nintendo DS. You’ve got 20 different games to play varying from card games to block style puzzlers, word scrambles, billiards, bowling, and so on and so forth. Each game can easily capture your attention for minutes or much longer. The point of each game being to basically rack up the highest score you possibly can. With an addictive quality yet simple pick up and play mechanics TouchMaster 2 looks to build upon its predecessor.
Let’s be honest with each other. Games like this are never going to be the greatest graphically speaking. A table of cards can’t really get dressed up too much. And that should be okay with most people because the gamer playing TouchMaster 2 are basically looking for something simple, as easy to pick up and play as it is to put down and get some work done. No frills. Nothing fancy. That’s what you’ll get here. Just basic graphics. Nothing horrible, nothing that stands out as being amazing. Take it for what it is, a collection of simple games varying in nature built more for fun than for looks.
The same things apply to the audio quality of TouchMaster 2. Simple tunes that neither stand out nor get in the way, though, after a while you’ll more than likely end up either turning the sound down or just tuning them out. Just perfect for waiting for something in a large crowd. You don’t need to follow the audio cues, so you’ll be more than okay if you don’t listen to the hum-drum music that accompanies the game.
TouchMaster 2 does pick up the pace with the gameplay portions. Each mini-game is easy to control using the stylus and is especially easy to grasp in concept. Playing through each game is a simple task and is entirely stylus driven. Most of the games included are of the simple variety that you might play on a PC, which also makes them familiar for many people. Games like Solitaire will be instantly accessible to anyone who has ever tried to play it on a PC or even the old fashioned way; with a deck of cards. Either way, the games represented here are simple and easy enough to grasp within a minute or two of playing, yet challenging enough to warrant frequent visits to try and top your previous high score. Add to that the fact that you can play against friends and you have a pretty fun game, simple, yet entertaining enough to kill a few minutes or a good chunk of time.
One thing to keep in mind is that the games are extremely simple; everything from the graphics to the sound to the gameplay. Provided that you enjoy even a handful of these games, you will find TouchMaster 2 a decent little game. My guess is that the target audience would tend to skew towards the older and more casual type of crowd and/or the younger and less experienced DS owner. Hardcore gamers will probably be turned off by the simple graphics and slow gameplay, but this isn’t a game geared towards them. Either way, you should be able to distract yourself for several hours with this game and while it’s not the greatest collection of mini-games known to gamers it is a solid title for those looking for a little casual gaming.
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