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Big Bang Mini is a difficult game to describe. It's sort of like what you'd expect to find if you combined retro arcade vertical shooters, modern art, the DS, and the 4th of July. Strange as that combination sounds, it works out to be one of the most fun games on the DS.
The game features 5 modes, Arcade, Challenge, Party, Relax, and Mission. The base mode, Arcade, has the player controlling a small ship on the lower screen by dragging it on the touch screen. The top screen is filled with various enemies that shoot or occasionally dive into the player, who must stop them by launching fireworks at them, done by flicking the stylus anywhere on screen. There are 10 worlds of 10 levels in Big Bang Mini, each of which have their own distinctive art style, stage effects, and bonuses. The backgrounds and music for these levels would be enough to make BBM incredible on their own, but the addition of the fireworks and bizarre enemies combine to make BBM easily the most visually appealing game on the DS.
That said, BBM doesn't allow you to get too lost in its visuals. The game is often very challenging, especially during the boss fights. This may be a drawback for the easily frustrated, but for me it just made BBM an even more rewarding experience.
The other modes are pretty much what you'd expect them to be. (still fun, though)
All in all, BBM is a brilliantly designed game and is easily the most unappreciated game released for the DS. It's a must-own for anyone that loves a challenge or arcade shooters.