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DS (short for Dual Screen) is the 7th generation portable console from Nintendo and a successor to Game Boy Advance. It was released on November 21st, 2004 in North America and on March 11, 2005 in Europe. The most characteristic feature of this handheld are two screens (including one touch screen). DS is the second most popular console in the history of gaming industry (right after PlayStation 2). In 2011 it was succeeded by 3DS.

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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (NDS)
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (NDS)

Action 25 June 2010

A licensed LEGO action-adventure game, set in the fantasy universe of Harry Potter, created by the British writer J. K. Rowling. The story was based on the first four Harry Potter books and their movie adaptations by Warner Bros. During the gameplay, you witness the adventures of Harry and other characters, explore Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and fight many enemies, including the main antagonist of the cycle, the evil Lord Voldemort. Mechanics-wise, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 combines the features of the earlier productions by Traveller's Tales, including the distinct sense of humor, with more serious elements of Harry Potter productions by e.g. EA. The game is set in a partially open world and features many varied activities, such as magic lessons, potion making or flying a broomstick.

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Anno: Create a New World (NDS)
Anno: Create a New World (NDS)

Strategy 20 May 2009

The fourth major installment in the popular series of economy simulators that began in 1998. It was developed by Related Designs, a subsidiary of Ubisoft. As the title says, the action takes place in the Middle Ages during the Age of Discovery, and the players assume the role of colonists who managed to reach the eastern coast of Asia. The gameplay mechanics do not deviate from the well-known standards of the series. Starting out with a modest colony established on a remote island, we have to develop it and transform subsequent cities into metropolises brimming with life. Anno 1404 offers a sophisticated economy model that involves creating complex production chains as well as effective trade and diplomacy. Among this myriad of lesser novelties, especially noteworthy one is the sandbox mode that allows us to play freely without any plot limitations.

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DiRT 3 (NDS)
DiRT 3 (NDS)

Racing canceled

The third full-fledged installment belonging to the incredibly popular racing-themed franchise developed by Codemasters. The DiRT subseries has cultivated traditions initiated in the late 1990s by the Colin McRae Rally series. After the previous game, which emphasized off-road competition, DiRT 3 constitutes a return to the original concept behind the main Colin McRae series, bringing back rally competition in its most classic form (the game uses the official WRC licenses). However, this third iteration still introduces a massive number of novelties, such as stunt arenas from the X-Games competitions, or a completely new type of contest, that is the so-called Gymkhana - it was popularized by one of the most famous drivers in the world, Ken Block. Gymkhana is all about being fast and showing off at the same time - a designated route has to be completed as quickly as possible, but the player is rewarded with points for performing various stunts along the way. As usual, a wide set of licensed cars is at the player's disposal here, many of them originating in different time periods. Also, DiRT 3 features buggies and pickups - those are typically used in off-road competitions.

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Neighbours From Hell (NDS)
Neighbours From Hell (NDS)

Logic 12 June 2009

A very humorous strategy game with adventure game features. In Neighbours from Hell the player is tasked with making the life of his neighbors as miserable as possible. The player assumes the role of a participant of a reality show who is tasked with presenting the toxic relations between the inhabitants of a single block of flats to wider audience. The action is shown from the side perspective and the game consists of fourteen scenarios of different difficulties and types of tasks to complete. Not only must the player set various traps and pull sophisticated pranks on his neighbors (for example by breaking household items), but he must watch for dangers as well. Some flats are guarded by dogs that make completing the task harder. During the game the player is constantly forced to improvise and discover unknown properties of seemingly useless items. The humorous tone of the game is highlighted by nice, cartoonish graphics and a catchy soundtrack. The game uses a simple, intuitive interface.

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Chronicles of Mystery: The Secret Tree of Life (NDS)
Chronicles of Mystery: The Secret Tree of Life (NDS)

Logic 25 February 2011

Continuation of the adventure game Chronicles of Mystery: Scorpio Ritual, created in 2008 by Polish City Interactive. This time the main character has to deal with the mystery of the ship Marie Celeste and the mystery of Count de Saint-Germain.

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Disciples II: Dark Prophecy (NDS)
Disciples II: Dark Prophecy (NDS)

Strategy canceled

A turn-based strategy embedded in the reality of fantasy, which is a direct continuation of Disciples: Sacred Lands. We enter a magical world reminiscent of the Middle Ages, where four races fight for vast territories. Compared to the previous part, graphics, user interface and artificial intelligence of opponents have been improved. The game has a multiplayer mode for up to four players.

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005) (NDS)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005) (NDS)

Racing 15 November 2005

The ninth installment in a legendary racing game franchise created by Electronic Arts company. After two Underground games, featuring illegal night street races, the franchise went back to its roots, combining ideas from the two most recent titles with classic elements. The player’s goal is to climb to the top of a black list of the most wanted drivers. Again you get to explore a huge virtual city, taking on different racing challenges. These include circuit, sprint, drag, elimination, time trial, speed challenge, and police pursuit. After completing enough of these you can challenge subsequent drivers from the black list. Apart from elements typical for the series, such as licensed cars and diverse soundtrack, the game features complex car customization, both in terms of appearance and performance.

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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (NDS)
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (NDS)

Action 15 November 2011

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is the sequel to a 2010 release, an action adventure game by Traveller's Tales, combining the world of LEGO with the universe from the popular series of books and their movie adaptation. The plot of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is based on the last three books in the series, and the story is focused on Harry's fight against the powerful Lord Voldemort, who, after gathering more followers, becomes a real thread to the whole world of magic. During the game, the players can control various characters known from the universe created by J.K. Rowling, and visit a number of equally well-known locations, which at the same time feel completely new, since they are built out of LEGO blocks. The game is filled with adventure and arcade elements, but it also has its share of logic puzzles. Compared to the prequel, this game presents a gloomier and more serious world.

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LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (NDS)
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (NDS)

Action 10 May 2011

Another installment in the popular arcade action games series by the British studio Traveller’s Tales that re-imagines famous pop culture universes as LEGO bricks. This time around, it is the Pirates of the Caribbean movie saga. Plot-wise, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game covers themes from four movies dealing with the adventures of captain Jack Sparrow, starting with The Curse of the Black Pearl and ending with On Stranger Tides. The well-known events are presented with a light sense of humor that is typical of the series. In the title, around 70 characters with various skills make an appearance, including Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann. There are also more than 20 levels full of arcade sequences (platformer levels, combat) and simple logic puzzles. Each stage is focused on certain events from the movie original and enriched with cinematic cut-scenes. One of the novelties of this installment is the possibility of visiting one location multiple times in search of additional treasures. LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean can be played either solo or in cooperation mode with another player on a split-screen.

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Pokemon Platinum (NDS)
Pokemon Platinum (NDS)

RPG 22 May 2009

Pokémon Platinum is another game in which we can become a trainer of popular Pokemons. It complements the other titles of the series - Diamond and Pearl - while being their improved version.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops (NDS)
Call of Duty: Black Ops (NDS)

Action 09 November 2010

A first-person shooter, the seventh installment in the Call of Duty series, and a start of a new sub-series. The game was developed by studio Treyarch, the team responsible for Call of Duty: World at War. The story campaign of Call of Duty: Black Ops is presented in the form of flashbacks suffered by the main protagonist, Alex Mason. Having previously worked for the CIA as a field operative, in his memories Mason returns to the age of Cold War. The game offers several single and multiplayer modes, including cooperation and zombie mode. Call of Duty: Black Ops is is powered by modified versions of IW Engine 3.0 and Demonware.

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The Sims 3 (NDS)
The Sims 3 (NDS)

Simulation 26 October 2010

The third major installment in a life simulation game series, The Sims. The title was developed by The Sims Studio in cooperation with Maxis and Electronic Arts. As per usual, The Sims 3 lets you take control of a life of a virtual character from the cradle to the grave. Your job is to provide for the needs of your family of Sims when it comes to their social interactions, family matters, and career. The Sims 3 introduces two significant novelties to the game: lifetime wishes and a personality system that attributes 5 dominant character features to each Sim. As compared with previous installments in the franchise, the game’s 3D visuals were significantly improved.

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Spore Creatures (NDS)
Spore Creatures (NDS)

Simulation 03 September 2008

An unusual simulator, in which your objective is to bring to life a perfectly functioning species of organisms, starting from the lowest step on the evolution ladder. The game is developed by the legendary studio Maxis, led by Will Wright – the man responsible for such cult series as SimCity and The Sims. Mechanics combine elements of many game genres and each stage of your organism’s evolution offers a bit different quests and altered gameplay. Starting with the cell cycle and ending with a whole community, the game offers enormous scope of modification in regard to the appearance and other traits of your species. In later stages of evolution, the primitive organism gets a mouth, limbs, and other attributes that influence its ability to adapt and cope in various external conditions. With the game's progress, elements of competition with other species emerge and our, initially small, village becomes a huge metropolis with the newest technology.

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Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery (NDS)
Anno 1701: Dawn of Discovery (NDS)

Strategy 24 August 2007

Anno 1701 is a position that will be of particular interest to lovers of the laborious development and expansion of overseas properties and growing into power through skillful, economical manoeuvres.

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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (NDS)
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (NDS)

Action 18 May 2010

Another major installment in the famous action adventure game series. In terms of story, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is set between The Sands of Time and Warrior Within, and focuses on the events that caused the drastic, dark change within the Prince. Upon reaching his brother’s realm, the Prince finds the capital city about to fall, besieged by an enemy army. In an attempt to protect the citizens from a massacre, the city’s ruler resorts to using a powerful, yet dangerous magic that eventually turns against him. The game itself is based on the core mechanics of the series. Therefore, we can expect multiple platforming sequences, environmental puzzles, and battles against powerful enemies. An interesting addition is the ability to control the forces of natures, which comes in handy both in combat and when traversing subsequent locations. Of course the series’ landmark feature — the ability to reverse and slow down time — is back. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is powered by the Anvil engine, the technology previously used in the two first Assassin’s Creed games.

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The Sims 2 (NDS)
The Sims 2 (NDS)

Simulation 24 October 2005

A sequel to the bestselling human life simulation game – The Sims (2000). The Sims 2 was developed by Maxis Studio (SimCity, EA Land, and others) in cooperation with the Electronic Arts company. Players again take care of virtual characters leading them through their entire lives – from early childhood till elderly age. The main goal is to achieve as high Life Score as possible, which stands for how well a sim leads his/her life. When compared with its predecessor, The Sims 2 offers much more complex character creator and a wider array of available objects. A new, more efficient game engine allowed for presenting the life of the sims in fully 3D graphics.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (NDS)
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (NDS)

Action 06 November 2007

Complete edition of two bestselling games from the LEGO series, based on the first six movie episodes of Star Wars (divided into classic and new trilogy). LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga consists of 2005’s LEGO Star Wars and its year younger sequel, LEGO Star Wars: The Original Trilogy. They are no different from the earlier productions from TT Games studio (previously known as Traveller’s Tale), both games being colorful action adventure games with platformer features. During the game (alone or in cooperation for two players) we play as numerous characters from the legendary galactic saga and visit locations shown in the movies. Plotwise, both titles have been combined into a single, epic tale, with additional stage in episode V and completely new Challenge mode in the form of time trials, in which the players have to collect a required number of items as quickly as possible.

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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (NDS)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (NDS)

Action 05 November 2007

The fourth installment in an overwhelmingly popular first-person shooter series from Infinity Ward. This time the developers from Encino, California, have decided to break away from the tradition of making World War 2 games and set the action of their new game in modern times. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s story features a conflict with Russian ultranationalist faction, led by an unpredictable individual named Imran Zakhaev. Players get to witness the events through the eyes of several soldiers, including members of the British SAS and US Marines. The main story campaign consists of a series of missions set in different parts of the world. Gameplay relies heavily on cinematic, scripted shooting sequences. In addition to the single player mode the game includes expanded online multiplayer. When it comes to technology, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is powered by IW Engine.

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Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes (NDS)
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes (NDS)

Strategy 01 December 2009

A spin-off of the popular Might & Magic series by Capybara Games, originally released for Nintendo DS, and later also for PC and the eight generation consoles. It is a combination of logic puzzle games and turn-based strategies with significant plot, and visuals-wise it resembles a jRPG. The story was divided into 5 episodes, during which you have to complete quests, explore the world, talk to NPCs, and, of course, fight enemies. The game focuses strongly on creating and managing your team, consisting of e.g. knights, elves, wizards, necromancers, or tamed demons. It allows you to use various strategies and your troops' special abilities in battle. The single player mode is complemented by an online and a local multiplayer mode, in which your team competes against other players' teams.

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Sinking Island (NDS)
Sinking Island (NDS)

Adventure canceled

Sinking Island is an adventure game produced by White Birds Productions studio and signed by Benoit Sokala, the creator of the Siberia series. Players direct the actions of Jacek Norma, a policeman investigating a murder on a small tropical island. The game has a classic "point&click" interface, and the gameplay consists primarily of searching rooms, talking to independent heroes and solving logical puzzles.

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Pokemon Black (NDS)
Pokemon Black (NDS)

RPG 18 September 2010

The next installment of the cycle, in which the player has the opportunity to train and then expose hundreds of different creatures to battle. The defeats fight against others in a truly RPG style. Winning the skirmishes, we expand our collection with more little ones. In total, there are about 600 species to be collected.

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LEGO The Lord of the Rings (NDS)
LEGO The Lord of the Rings (NDS)

Action 13 November 2012

An action game, featuring elements of a 3D platformer, based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels and the movie trilogy by Peter Jackson. LEGO The Lord of the Rings is another "blocky" production from Traveller’s Tale studio. It lets us take the role of a chosen member of the Fellowship of the Ring and set out on a dangerous journey to stop Sauron and his minions. The campaign consists of a series of stages inspired by the most memorable scenes from the movies. The gameplay mixes elements of action, arcade, and logical puzzle games. Similar to previous LEGO-licensed productions from Traveller’s Tale, LEGO The Lord of the Rings offers a two-player cooperation in addition to single player.

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New Super Mario Bros. (NDS)
New Super Mario Bros. (NDS)

Arcade 15 May 2006

New Super Mario Bros. for the pocket console Nintendo DS, is a refreshed version of the classic item from 1985. Producers are returning to their roots, offering us a two-dimensional platformer containing 3D graphics based on polygons.

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LEGO Batman: The Videogame (NDS)
LEGO Batman: The Videogame (NDS)

Arcade 23 September 2008

Another production by Traveller's Tales, blending the world of the Danish bricks with the universe of Batman, known from comics and movies. As you play as the eponymous hero, accompanied by his sidekicks, your task is to fight the chaos unleashed upon the streets of Gotham by such villains as the Joker, Penguin, and Two-Face. The gameplay focuses on exploring the LEGO brick world, fighting enemies, and solving simple puzzles. You can play LEGO Batman: The Video game in a co-op mode with a friend; apart from Bruce Wayne's friends (such as Robin or Alfred), you can also choose from a range of villains, which also allows the players to fight each other. Regardless of platform (the game was released for PC Windows as well as stationary and portable consoles), the game features pleasant visuals.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 (NDS)
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 (NDS)

RPG 28 July 2011

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 is a continuation of the Atlus jRPG game released in 2009. Players take on the role of a Tokyo high school student, who is one of the 13 rulers of demons who can oppose the invasion of Japan by a foreign race. The title is a mixture of RPG and strategy elements and is maintained in the anime style.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (NDS)
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (NDS)

Action 26 October 2010

Created by Aspyr Media in collaboration with LucasArts, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II is a full-fledged sequel to a Star Wars action game about Darth Vader’s secret apprentice named Starkiller, reprising his role as the protagonist in the sequel. Together you get to explore an array of iconic locations set in the universe created by George Lucas, take part in many epic battles, and use the Starkiller’s unique skills as well as the power of the Dark Side of the Force. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II features slightly altered mechanics with balance equally distributed between combat, tactics, and puzzle solving. The main hero has also gained new abilities (e.g. Mind Trick or Force Fury), and the game features more demanding opponents, some of which are resistant to certain attacks, thus forcing you to use different tactics. Apart from ordinary “walking” levels the game includes sequences in which you fight as a TIE Fighter pilot or moments when you are falling down while fighting and avoiding obstacles.

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