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Travel Games for Dummies - Nintendo DS

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Nintendo DS
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews) 62 / 100

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  • How-to-mode allows users to learn the rules of the game through an interactive tutorial.
  • Practice mode gives players the opportunity to practice at their own pace while getting hints through an interactive interface
  • In Play Mode players can now take what they’ve learned and test their skills in authentic games
  • 3 Games Included: Sudoku, Crosswords, and Solitaire
  • Over 600 puzzles for continuous fun

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 4.9 x 0.6 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,191 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

The popular For Dummies series is available on the Nintendo DS for fun interactive learning and play with Travel Games For Dummies. With 3-games-in-1, you can take the fun on the go. Choose among three popular games: Sudoku, Crosswords, and Solitaire. Through a simple and interactive interface, users can comfortably and easily learn and play these games at their own pace.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Sabrina Williams for Breeni Books January 2, 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
For the video game enthusiast who tends to gravitate toward puzzle games when browsing store shelves, Travel Games for Dummies for the Nintendo DS may be the perfect item to occupy your time. Whether you're actually traveling or just relaxing with your DS, the light challenge this little cartridge offers is the perfect combination of mental stimulation and old fashioned fun. Featuring three time tested puzzles--Sudoku, Solitaire, and Crosswords--Travel Games appeals to players of all ages, and parents need not screen this choice for sex and violence before handing it over to young gamers.

The game can be picked up and mastered almost immediately in its simplicity. Three choices, each choice offering different levels of expertise, and an easily accessible help menu provide instant entertainment. It is not clear how Sudoku and Solitaire made it into the "dummies" classification, but the crossword puzzles are fairly simple, even on the most difficult level. Several of the clues repeat, and words can be deciphered by trying out different letters until the computer accepts them. If you're easily frustrated with the inability to finish a crossword, have no fear. In addition to the aforementioned cheats, bonus letters rotate around the board, so if you happen to solve a clue while it's highlighted, you can earn up to three bonus clues at a time. Later, when you're having trouble coming up with an answer, you can use a bonus to receive an extra clue.

Sudoku and Solitaire require more strategy than knowledge, so the difficulty will vary with the user's skill. Personally, I'm not so hot with numbers, so even the beginner levels of Sudoku were a challenge for me. Solitaire also relies on the luck of the draw, so some games are naturally more challenging than others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun May 11, 2009
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
First I should admit that I find Sudoku boring, so I did not purchase this game for the Sudoku. I have dallied with the Sudoku and appreciated the quick pencil option to run through the Sudoku puzzles quickly. I've tried the crosswords, and they are good, but limited. Definitely use the keyboard option because the print recognition doesn't work all that great. I couldn't get it to recognize "m"s no-how! What I would most recommend on this game is the Solitaire. There are many different types of Solitaire offered. The game works faster than solitaire on the computer and is very easy to use and understand. My only complaint about the solitaire is that in the blink of an eye, the game quits and tells you there are no moves left. I'd have preferred it if the game let you run through once or twice before telling you that.

However, this game has given me endless hours of fun and I highly recommend it for the Solitaire. If you like Sudoku, there are about 100 puzzles per skill level and about 5 skill levels. The crossword is good, but again, limited.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great travel game from home December 8, 2008
By J. Hart
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Loved the Solitaire so much, that I have not done the Soduku at all. The crossword does not try to guess at your handwriting; it features a tiny keyboard. I sold two copies by suggesting it to friends!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crosswords that won't make you cross July 18, 2010
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I enjoyed playing the Travel Games for Dummies crosswords games and whipped through them in no time. I also own copies of both the CrossworDS and the New York Times Crosswords games. The Crosswords game interface in Travel Games for Dummies is much better, particularly in that you can choose letters from a keypad. CrossworDS and NY Times games depend on handwriting recognition, upping the annoyance factor when it comes out wrong. Also, switching direction from horizontal to vertical is easier in the Dummies game. I would have liked it if there had been a few more challenging words. That being said, I'm glad it isn't like the NY Times games, which is all about being in the know w/regards to celebrities and the like.

The Sudoku games are fine, though I like Brain Age Sudoku better. The biggest annoyance I have w/the Travel Games Sudoku is that when you win a game, it just disappears. Oddly enough, I like it when a game gives you a little bit of a thumbs up upon completion.

All in all though, if they came out w/a Travel Games for Dummies II, I'd purchase it just for the Crosswords games.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK Game for Traveling April 24, 2011
By Elaine
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I am a moderate "older" DS user and was looking for a good travel game. I tried this out because it has solitare and crosswords and I am a big "Dummies" fan. However, there is something to be desired in this game. I tried a couple crosswords and although they have different categories they repeat alot of questions throughout the categories and often only a couple questions have anything to do with the category. I do like the "hints" feature though. Also, the solitaire is so hard and it always quits automatically when there are no more moves left. It just shuts off right after you click on a card and says "game over... no moves left". I played about 20 games and it did this on 17 of the games. It was really difficult and that was an irritating feature of the game. Also, there are about 20 different subtypes of solitaire which is fun but they are hard to win also. I don't remember the simple computer version of this being so difficult. I like the "Dummies" features but there are some problems to this game in my opinion but it still makes a pretty good travel game to fill your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Vert well!
Published 27 days ago by Claude Guitar
5.0 out of 5 stars jamaica
I already have the game I just need one for my wife and a friend when we travel its a great game to be able to play with on the plane and also great to sit on the blacone late at... Read more
Published 16 months ago by jacques senechal
5.0 out of 5 stars birthday gift
Purchased for our 7-year-old granddaughter's birthday and she loves it. I would recommend it to any parent who has a child that loves to play games while traveling.
Published 20 months ago by L. Chesnut
The SUDOKU puzzles included here go from the very easy to the very hard.

For the "Hard" and "Very Hard" puzzles I specially like the optional feature that can pencil-in... Read more
Published on February 13, 2010 by Stevens
2.0 out of 5 stars Travel Games
This game is okay. It has a good variety of Solitaire games, but I prefer Brain Age's Sudoku and CrossworDS' Crossword puzzles over the ones in this game. Read more
Published on January 25, 2010 by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game
This game is great. It's addictive and lots of fun. I don't go anywhere without it.
Published on December 28, 2009 by B. Bodine
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Travel Game!
This game was worth more than what I got it for. There are so many puzzles for Sudoku. I like how you can select the number you want instead of having the game guess what you are... Read more
Published on December 17, 2008 by A. Ho
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