Carnival Games
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94 of 97 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon July 28, 2008
If you have a little patience to learn and appreciate the differences between this and the Wii's Carnival Games, then you are sure to enjoy this game! It's neither harder nor easier as a whole, and it's biggest benefit is you can take it with you anywhere and play it in small spaces!

I loved the Wii version (see my review for it), but the DS one is quite a departure from that one in a number of ways. It's still a fantastic game though and here are my thoughts about it in great detail...

As you start your game, you will create your character with the newly added option to change his/her skin tone (how they left this out of the Wii version, one may never know!). Then once you have your person ready to go, you are free to explore the Carnival.
To start with, you can freely roam this carnival (looks a lot like Animal Crossing in some ways, I think)...but you can walk up to each individual game, or browse the grounds and check out the little things like getting your picture taken or helping a cat find his lost yarn, or riding a seesaw with a little girl to get bonus items. But as you walk up to the games, you will hear a person yelling something specific to a game (like in the Wii version), and yes this one is fully voiced through and through. You can then click on a game and start playing it, and here is what I have to say about the individual games:

First of all, each of the 23 games have instructions that appear when you start them, like in the Wii version, so you will know how to play...

Frog Leap: This has frogs (lilypads), cannonballs (pirate ships), and baby chicks (nests) that you launch into the places they belong using a stylus pulled launching mechanism. It is slightly frustrating for me because I am so disturbingly inaccurate. haha :p I like the game, I am just not real good at it. The control is great, but my personal aim is not!

Alley Ball: (aka Skee-Ball). I happen to love this. I liked it immensely on the Wii version, but I also love this DS one as well. This is much more accurate than it seems, and I have learned after many plays that you can easily ace this game. My highest score so far is 530. I have no trouble at all flinging this ball into the 100 point holes or the 50 point one. It gives you 8 balls to roll up the alley. I like how you can control the direction and strength of your ball entirely with the stylus. It's one of the best games on this compilation.

Test Of Strength: This is such a weird game. You have to use your stylus to rub back and forth on a weight-lifting arm as a meter fills up to your left, then quickly tap a bullseye when it is green, and BAM you get the bell to ring. This is hardly a true test of strength and is incredibly easy to master. On my second play of the game, I had won the largest prize.

Star Shootout: This one was definitely better on the Wii. I just do not have a steady hand and that is an absolute requirement for this particular mini-game. On the DS version, it is a bit awkward and takes some getting used to. You have to use your stylus to point/aim at the specific part of the star you want to shoot out while you hold down the L or R button to shoot. Believe me, that is odd. I like the game concept but the controls on this leave much to be desired.

Nerves Of Steel: Well this game is definitely less frustrating on this version compared to the impossibly difficult one on the Wii. Here, you use your stylus to hold steady the wand as the wire passes through it. This wire is kind of long, but I can actually make it to the end! The game isnt too bad, and I like that it isnt overly difficult to do.

Clown Splash: This game was horrible. I tried a few times to play it and it's just ridiculous. Next!

Buckets Of Fun: To play this one, you turn the DS on it's side, where the touch screen is on your left. You take your stylus and fling your ball into the bucket on the right. For each ball that makes it in and stays, you will find that the bucket shrinks a bit. This game is pretty difficult but I keep trying! I have gotten 2 in so far out of 5.

Spilled Milk: This is the same game with radically different gameplay than the one on the Wii. In this version, your stack of milk bottles goes jumping all over the screen and when it stops, you have a tiny amount of time to tap the stack and knock them over. I know this sounds retarded but it actually isnt too bad. How else could they have made this on the DS? I have hit all 3 stacks, by the way, so it isnt too hard to do.

Honey Falls: This game is hidden in a tree (tap the honey/bees), it is to the left of the Spilled Milk game. Anyway, in this game you have a little pink bear (yes, pink) and he is carrying a pot of honey. He has to move back & forth (control pad) to catch honey falling down from bees above. Sometimes a bomb drops and makes a hole in the ground so you have to use a button to jump lest you fall in the hole. If you do fall in, it's game over. This one is kinda cute but an odd fit for a carnival.

Meter-O-Love: Another strange one. This has a machine that sends out little hearts and broken hearts that you tap on. The more hearts you tap, the higher your score. The more broken hearts you tap, the lower your score.

Balloon Darts: This game is fun once you get over one major annoyance. The dart always reverts back to a place that is right of center if you let go of it before you launch it. Once you make peace with that flaw, the fun can begin. It's a bit challenging to get all of the balloons because this lacks the accuracy of something like Clubhouse Games' Darts. That's not to say it is truly inaccurate but it just doesnt have that kind of polish and sharpness that it needs. It is fun enough though, when considered with the rest of the games in the carnival. My score averages between 200-300 points, but that's come with plenty of practice!

Loud Mouth: I always play in a room where I need to be quiet so this is not one I like. What you have to do is yell "stop" when it lands on a high number. Children might enjoy this one! :) It's not hard to do, either.

Hoops: Oh my, this is an abomination to Carnival Games. What were they thinking?! This is so NOT about shooting hoops. If you watch the balls going in the hoops, you will lose. In this game you have to tap pictures of balls as they light up on your right and then quickly tap a bullseye on your left. The secret to success in this game is in having a rhythm as you tap. 1-2-3 - bang. I really am disappointed with how this was done. Had they not seen the successful version of another hoops game on Touchmaster DS?

Bubble Gum Battle: This is definitely one for the younger audience. In this game, you "pay" to play with tickets, and then blow in your microphone to make a big bubble. If you blow while the meter is red, it will pop. If you blow while it's green, the bubble gets bigger. Not my kind of game.

Clown Bonk: This is like Whac-A-Mole. You bonk clowns that pop their heads up out of holes. If you hit a pie that pops up, then "splat", your game is over. All of this is done with the stylus.

RC Raceway: This is a racing game where you have an overhead view of a track. A little car has to make it's way around, 3 laps, in a short time. You control it by steering with the control pad and using buttons for gas & brakes. I am awful at controlling this car because I always go too fast! I definitely need more practice.

Going Nuts: In this one, you have a little squirrel with a basket, trying to catch nuts falling down a tree, Plinko style. It's easier than the Wii version because I think the stylus gives you better control.

Great Swami: This wastes tickets. I dont mess with it.

Bumper Boats: The controls on this are awful. There are these little boats you have to zoom around in and try to bounce into numbers that give you points. But the boats seldom go where and how you want them to. It's like trying to zoom around on ice. I really do not care for this game.

Wild West Showdown: Okay this one is great!! This game was on the Wii version as an unlockable but on the DS it has a booth. Anyway, the purpose of this game is to tap targets in a shooting gallery, to get the highest score. It's a blast (no pun intended). I would say this is one of the best on this compilation. It has a cute wild west scene with bullseyes, bottles, moneybags, etc. to shoot at, and it is completely stylus driven. Super accurate too.

Shooting Gallery: This is another stylus based shooting game where you have yellow ducks with bullseyes on them that zoom by. This has some challenge to it because they become increasingly fast and there are red ducks that if you shoot them they take away points. This is another favorite game in this set, as it is quite fun and sharply accurate.

Dunk Tank: This is the same game as the Wii version but again with radically different gameplay. Since it is on the DS, they had to find another way to get you to dunk the guy in the tank, so they came up with the idea of having a ball trail that you need to follow with your stylus as it loops and stretches from your "hand" to the "target" in a short amount of time. It's a bit challenging but I have won all three rounds after some practice.

Radio Replay: this is an unlockable game, and I have not yet unlocked it, but according to the game manual, it has you play notes in order after they are highlighted on the touch screen. Apparently you have to memorize them. I am not sure how to unlock this, either.

Most of the games in the carnival will either unlock prizes as you win the games, or give you tickets that you can use to buy items. The prizes in this game are all used on your character (no more teddy bears or fire engines). Instead they are all items that you can wear or carry. Some are even functional. Right now, my character is carrying a "Gizmo" in her left hand, and a "Guitar" on her back. The gizmo is something that you tap on and it teleports you via UFO to an opposite corner of the park, which is very useful because it's a long walk otherwise!! And the guitar allows her to play a rock & roll riff when I tap on it. There are many other things like these though, including banjos, horns, etc.

Even though the DS version of Carnival Games has a few quirks and shortcomings, I still think it is an excellent game overall. It fills in the gaps that the Wii version left, especially with allowing you to really walk around the carnival (using stylus or control pad), and interacting with things. You can even buy cotton candy which makes your person walk faster. It's a really cute game and I definitely recommend it to fans of mini-games, carnivals, or shooting galleries. The colors in it are vibrant and the graphics are smooth and well-done too.
Another great family-friendly game, to pass the long days of summer! :)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2008
I have 20 DS games and I like this game a lot.
I like that you can get tickets from all kidns of games and buy all kinds of clothes. It is extremely fun. My favorite mini game on Carnival is one game where you have to shoot different targets and I got one of the hightest scores. Some of the games are challenging. For example, one of the challenging games is where you have to move a magnifying glass with your stylus and there is a line that you have to follow with it. If you touch the line, you get electrocuted! It is a wonderful game. And there are all different varieties. William S. Panama & Florida
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2009
I like to collect DS games that are comprised of a nice assortment of mini-games, such as Touchmaster and even The New Super Mario Bros. But I have to say I was a little disappointed with Carnival Games for DS, despite it's good reviews.

The game is cute in style, and creative in concept. You fashion your character to your own liking, then have him or her wander around a carnival from booth to booth where you play games and try to win tickets. If you get enough tickets you might even unlock a prize which goes into your collection of clothes, shoes, hats, and accessories. The collection delivers some interesting clothing/accessory items, and some of the accessories even have special abilities--for example the radar gun zaps you up into a UFO and drops you off onto a different part of the carnival grounds. But there really isn't much else to do aside from trying to complete this collection.

Some of the games were okay, but none that I really had any desire to play over and over after winning both prizes, even just to accumulate tickets. Most of the games were ridiculously easy to master, while some were a little difficult, and a few just downright frustrating. There were also a few secrets that didn't take me long to figure out that got me some rare items to add to my collection--but still nothing that made any significant changes in the game itself.

If you can find this game for about half the cost of what you would pay for it in the store then I say go ahead and give it a shot. But I just feel like it was a bit of a waist of money for me to only have played it less than a week and already put it down for good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
this game will give you crazy fun ! it's siimple and passes the time. i especially love alley ball, and the milk bottle toss. if you are looking for a game to pick up and play for a few minutes this would be it. i don't think this will keep you occupied for hours because there are just so many games on there and once you have played them all like 100 times, you will get bored. i have unlocked all but one item and i discovered all the little secret things walking around the park but i find myself picking this up when i have a few minutes to pass time. i am an adult gamer and shorter attention span than most, i get bored VERY easily. get this game if you loved those carnival games as a kid...it might just bring back some memories. overall this is a great game and in fact, i have ordered 2 more for friends for christmas. have a great time at the carnival !
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2008
I thought the Wii version of Carnival games was a lot of fun despite some problems. I picked up the DS version expecting a scaled down version of the Wii game. Unfortunately, a lot of fun was lost in the translation

Skee Ball/Alley Ball was one of my favorite games in the Wii version. The DS version is set up where you flick the stylus to roll the ball. The problem is you seem to only be able to not flick the ball far enough or flick it so hard that it misses any of the high point targets

The Basketball Shooutout is now just a timing game. You have to tap 3 basketballs in a row and then try to tap the center of the moving target to shoot. Even when I hit the center of the target, the shots still missed. You also miss all the shots on the top screen since you are focused on the bottom screen.

The new games for the DS version are bumper boats, rc rally and the shooting gallery. bumper boats is a top down driving game where you try to pick up points. There is no way to brake which is fusturating as you have to worry about bombs on the water that can harm you. rc rally is another top down driving game with poor course design. Oil slicks are placed in a narrow spot of track where they are difficult to avoid. Shooting gallery is fun and has interactive sound targets

The basket toss makes you flip the DS sideways to toss the balls in the bucket. It appears you have to use your left hand to use the stylus to toss the balls.

One improvement over the Wii version is you get more attempts per game so you have a better chance of getting to the more difficult parts of the game. Basket toss gives you 5 tosses verus 3 on the Wii for example.

Overall some of the games are fun but I was expecting the game to be better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2011
My 5 and 7 year olds love this game!!! Lots of fun for them on the DS. Full of mini games to keep their attention and prevents them from getting discouraged.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2011
This game will definitely be one that my son (age 6) and myself (age 26) will keep playing over and over again. It is a great way to keep him (and myself) entertained with the many different games available. We really like how the game is set up. It's like you are walking through a real carnival and then up to the different booths to play the many games it offers. There are also some games that are sort of hidden like a boombox sitting on a park bench, boards set up around the grounds for you to snap a photo at (do them all and unlock a special prize!), and there's even a bee's nest in a tree. Some of the games are a little more tough than others and take some practice to get the hang of them but it's not so difficult that my son wants to give up on them. Overall, we love this game and it will remain a staple in our DS game library!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2011
My 5 y.o. son has been playing this game since it arrived. He loves it! It has a good variety of games that are easy enough for him and challenging enough for me. You get to win prizes and open up new games as you progress which turns out to be quite rewarding for him. It is pretty easy to navigate and tells you the instructions for each game each time, although you can bypass this by clicking past it. The graphics aren't fantastic, but it has bright colors which are appealing. Overall, I would say this is a great buy for the price.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2008
I just got a new Nintendo DS Lite for Christmas, and I got Carnival Games. It was the 1st game I played on my new DS, and I also got a Nintendogs game. The 2nd day after Christmas my Grandma and Grandpa started playing it too, and my mom started playing it as well! It is addictive for sure! It has games from swami to bunber boats. You can use the DS Microphone for the Bubble Gum Battle and Loud Mouth, and it is very fun. My top favorite games on Carnvial Games are Test Of Strength, Dunk A Punk, Leap Frog, Meter Of Love, and Alley Ball. You can rack up prizes for the ammount of accuracy you get, and the score you get. Small score you get a small prize(tickets), medium score(prize), Big Score(Big Prize),and you can use those prizes to wear and customize your charachter or use the tickets to play the swami. I could play it 10 hours in a row it's so fun! I hope they put the Mini Golf game of Carnival Games on the DS too. I would probably say this is a game for all ages. 5 Stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 2011
I bought this game for my 4yr old who loves it! The good thing is that my 8yr old loves it even more!!! This game has a bunch of different carnival type of games in it so the kids don't get bored. Some are more challenging for the little ones than others. It keeps the kids busy for hours. I love some of the games myself. I would definitely recommend it to parents who have little ones. Older kids may find it boring.
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