Video game developer Other Ocean Interactive has a diverse set of titles under its belt: Diner Dash on the iPhone, Ultimate Mortal Kombat on the Nintendo DS, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on Xbox Live Arcade and Ten Pin Alley 2 on the Nintendo Wii.
They are once again showing off their versatility with Puffins: Island Adventure on the Nintendo DS. So is their latest title worth the price of admission? Find out in this hands-on preview of Puffins: Island Adventure for the Nintendo DS.
Puffins are sea birds with large, colorful peaks. As part of the flock, you will live the life of a puffin. Your activities include flying, swimming and diving. You can also start your own family.
For a Nintendo DS 3D game, Puffins: Island Adventure looks surprisingly solid. The character models for the puffins specifically are nicely detailed.
The music in Puffins: Island Adventure is based on the Atlantic Canadian style. So expect to hear familiar musical instruments like whistle and fiddle.
Puffins: Island Adventure basically boils down into a mini-game collection.
Fortunately, the Nintendo DS game doesn’t just composed of boring menus to navigate from one mini-game to another. You can explore an island in order to meet other puffins, find new mini-games, perform given tasks and unlock secret areas. Other activities include decorating your home and raising your family.
The real meat of Puffins: Island Adventure comes from the mini-games. In total, there are over 100 events in the game ranging from racing to fishing and more. Most mini-games are based on the habitual behavior of the puffins.
One of the mini-games in Puffins: Island Adventure is called Egg Roll. You must return the lost egg to her mother in this event. To do so, you need to roll the egg by touching it with your stylus, drawing a directional line to create a spring-like device and letting go to roll the egg into a given direction. The longer your line is, the more momentum you will get with your roll.
Found in the Egg Roll mini-game in addition to other events are Golden Capelins. By collecting these optional golden fishes, you will unlock items such as real life footage of puffins.
The final version of Puffins: Island Adventure includes 2-player Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection support in addition to 4-player local wireless connection multiplayer.
At just $19.99, Puffins: Island Adventure is a pretty nice bargain if you are looking for a Nintendo DS title for young kids. The Nintendo DS title will be released at the end of May.