I just bought this from the bargain bin at Bestbuy for $10. I thought it would be a bad port of the xbla classic, but was pleasantly surprised at how well this game plays on the DS. It has a leveling system and awards bronze, silver and gold for reaching specific score goals. This makes every time you play the game more meaningful. Has several different planets you unlock using the geoms as a currency. Only complaint is slight framerate slowdown during very hectic moments but its very minimal.
Normally I have no problem with simple, repetitive gameplay, sometimes I revel in it. I guess I was expecting more with this massively cross-platform title. You're in a closed area, and you shoot stuff that flies at you. That's. About. It.
Seriously, I couldn't imagine continuing to mess with it. Even if I could get passed the fact that it's basically a fast and colorful asteroids, the game's point multiplier system is so punishing! You die, you go back to x1, making those gold medals an exercise in obsession.
The drone functions were ok, but they didn't really DO anything noticeable, which is a bad game flaw; everything that has a function needs to be obvious about its function.
Lots of people like this game, and I guess I can see why. I just think it should have more going for it.
The only bad thing about the DS version is that you have no choice but to play using the stylus. On the Wii, you can choose between a nunchuk-pointer combo, or use the classic controller's dual sticks. I would have liked to use the D-pad and ABXY buttons on the DS.
If you already have the Wii version, the only reason to rent this one is to unlock the Lambda system. I kept this just long enough to do that.