on the DS is a collection of quick-playing games specially designed for just killing time. When I first saw the collection of games, I wasn't too pleased since a good percentage of them are card games. I thought I wouldn't get much enjoyment out of those at all, but boy was I wrong. Not only are they fun, but some are completely addictive, as I soon discovered on a recent plane trip.
There are four collections of game types to select from: Favorites, Cards, Skilland Puzzle. Cards contains Target 21, 3 Peak Deluxe, Go Wild, Phoenix 13, Triple Elevens, Uplift, Solitaire Classic, Power Cell and Double Take. Some of the highlights include Target 21, which has you drawing cards in an attempt to get as close to 21 without going over. 3 Peak Deluxe is one of the above-mentioned addictive games. Hear, you clear each of the three peaks by selecting a card one higher or lower than the card you flip over from the pile. I played far too many games of 3 Peak Deluxe than I'd like to admit. Phoenix 13 and Triple Elevens has you selecting cards that add up to either 13 or 11, respectively. Then Solitaire Classic is always nice to have in a handheld for an easy, breezy time-killer.
Skill contains Artifact, Hot Hoops, 5 Star Generals, Pick Up 6, Pond King Checkers, Trivia and Word Search. Here, my faves included Pond King Checkers which is just like checkers, but with frogs, then a basic Trivia game and also Word Search. Word Search plays exactly like the time-honored newspaper game where you circle the hidden words amongst scads of letters on a page. This one was great fun.
Puzzle contains Crystal Balls, Mahki, Pairs, Times Square, Wordz, Mah Jongg Pairs and Gem Slide. Crystal Balls has a collection of numbered and colored balls piling up and you can break them by matching three of the same color or number, or both for added points. Mahki is a lot like Collapse and is a really fun game. Wordz is just like Wheel of Fortune, nice to have in a handheld and Mah Jonng Pairs is classic Mah Jonng on the go.
Favorites is a best of the best as deemed by the developers and simply contains the most popular games of each group.