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Sep 092015

As great as it is to download classic NES titles onto the Nintendo 3DS from Nintendo eshop, there are also some interesting 3DS downloads as well. One of them is 10-in-1 Arcade Action. I think that speaks for itself.

Since the ten games featured are completely different from one another, I’m going to go over each of them separately. Let’s start with Black Nightmares. There are many games in sets like these to be similar to Space Invaders or Galaga. Black Nightmares is like a combination of both that includes occasional power-ups and bonus levels. Normally I would prefer the original Atari version of Space Invaders to any other, but since there’s hardly any chance of that title ever coming to the 3DS downloads, you got to take what you can get.

The next game is Gem Breaker. It’s much like Alleyway for Gameboy only taking place in the sky and the music is awesome. As you progress, the number of blocks increase and some take more hits to destroy. There are also power-ups that make your platform longer or shorter and other stuff I didn’t recognize. Why couldn’t any of these games come with an instruction manual?

That would also be helpful for the third game, Special Delivery. It’s an interesting side scrolling platformer with a nameless deliveryman armed with a slingshot. He jumps gaps, collects coins, and bops enemies like pooping pigeons and gangsters that just stand in the way. Aside from the one hit deaths my only real concern is that the hero never stops walking. You can slow it down or speed it up with the control pad, but not being able to stop is annoying, yet still fun to play.

Game number four is Ninja Monkey. With the hero’s dark presence and stormy backdrop I expected something cool, but it runs short of my expectations. This game is a mediocre 2D shooter where you throw throwing stars at flying dragons that drop demons and bombs. If any of them touch the ground you lose energy, even though they’re not actually touching you. What’s also different is that the hero just stands there and all you can move is the angle to throw your projectile. Not bad, but could’ve been better.

Then we have Box Logic, which is a puzzle game where you move square boxes to the shadowy parts on the floor. Yeah, it’s not that interesting. Moving on.

Game number six is Tangled Space. This is lot like the classic game Asteroids. The only real difference is that you collect coins after completely destroying each asteroid. The backdrop is cooler and the music has a fun upbeat piano tune. If you were playing this 10-in-1 set for the first time, I would suggest this game to start with.

In Perfect Landing, you’re an alien trying to land your spaceship safely while dodging missiles, jet planes, and men riding parachutes. The control is stiff and you can’t really shoot many enemies since your ammo is extremely limited. At least landing in the right spot is easy.

The hardest game in the whole set is definitely Saucer Room. You control a flying saucer in a confined room, but touch a wall once and you’re dead. The biggest reason for its difficulty is the control. In order to change direction you have to gradually move the control pad around and the saucer never stops moving either, so you have to be on your toes all the time. And I thought Surround for Atari 2600 was tough.

The ninth game is Devil Maze, where you’re an angel gathering stars (souls) in 2D maze-like areas while avoiding devils. This one is actually pretty good, but why does the angel look as dark and creepy as the devils?

Last but not least is Ghost Cage. At first I thought it was like PAC-Man, but it’s actually a puzzle game where you match the colors as they come down. Those are usually fun. What makes this one different is that the screen fills up from below as well as above.

At first glance it seems like most of these games are cheap knockoffs of classic titles from the Atari 2600, while the others are just puzzling. However, they’re still fun to play on occasion.