IGN Review of Midnight Play Pack
Though the company's making strides in the downloadable console market on the Xbox 360 and Wii, Gameloft's real bread and butter is in making mobile phone games. The developer's latest Nintendo DS game, Midnight Play Pack, isn't much more than ports of five games that have been seen on countless cell phones all over the world. The five games vary in quality and wouldn't be all that great on their own, but in a budget cartridge such as this it's hard to ignore the value of the package.
So for one low price you're getting a bowling game, a Texas Hold 'Em game, a billiards game, a collection of solitaire card games, and a Breakout clone. The latter, called Block Breaker, will be familiar to Wii owners who peruse the WiiWare channel because Gameloft recently released a version of that game featuring pointer control.
When you analyze each game individually you can easily point out the flaws: the slightly sluggish paddle movement in Block Breaker, the wonky touch-screen control in bowling, and the lame computer AI in Texas Hold'em are among a large bulletlist of issues that would keep each game from hitting the "really good" review category on their own. Each of these games are clearly rushed, but not to the point where they're broken messes of DS games. Yes, they're all sloppily developed and lack a "clean" feel, but they're each somewhat charming even with their goofs.
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