Review – 100 Classic Book Collection [DS]

Posted: February 20, 2012 in DS, Reviews
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Although it may not need stating, I shall say it anyway. This is NOT a game, but I will probably keep calling it one throughout this review. This is a library in your hand. A library which contains 100 of the most famous literary works of all time.

As you expect, a game (which is not a game) which involves books is held on its side like a book, left or right depending on what handed you are. It’s best to control the beginning of the “game” using the stylus through the menus getting to the book of choice, since the D-pad doesn’t offer much use to begin with apart from scrolling along the books. However you need the stylus to select your book and start reading. But when you start reading, buttons can be configured to help turn pages. The configuration I found best was using the shoulder buttons to turn the page, since my hand was on the back of the DS while reading. There are too many titles to list but they include in their ranks books by William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Robert Lewis Stevenson and Arthur Conan Doyle. Books can be considered a loose term since many of the works in the game are actually plays.

This is only the start, as other titles can be downloaded from the wi-fi connection and thus extending your collection and calling the game a liar since there will be more than 100 books.   However, there is limited space on the cartridge for books, and each book is a different file size, so you may not have enough space to download all the books on offer to download.

The text is of a reasonable size on both screens, but as you can imagine compared to a page of a normal book the screens are smaller, so you will be turning the page more often. An example of this is The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins which this reviewer has recently finished. In the physical book in his house it contains around 500 pages. On a DS screen at normal text size it is around 5000. As well as the book itself, information is available about the book and the author. Music is on offer as well, to provide some calming background noise, such as a café, airport waiting room and a log fire in the living room. Some dislikes on the music are Summer day and Autumn night, which sound more like a restless night in Spain with crickets chirping… not soothing for me personally at all. You have three bookmarks to use in each book so you can relive those favourite parts without having to flick through again.

If you’re a lover of classic literature or just want to try something new, then pick up this book, which like games which aren’t really games can be bought for £20 or under.

In these reviews we’re meant to come across issues such as gameplay and playability. It seems nigh on impossible to mention these since they’re non-existent. If you like reading lots of books, the gameplay and playability here is outstanding. It will probably take you much longer to “complete” than a normal game, assuming you read them all, and at a reasonable pace. If you chose to buy all these books separately, it would cost much more than the bargain price this game is going for in comparison.

Gameplay 3/5
Playability 2/5
Sound 4/5
Graphics 1/5
Lifespan 5/5

Pr0’s

A] A wide selection of books
B] Ability to widen the collection
C] Some relaxing tunes
D] Long lifespan to read all these books

Cons

A] Not an action packed game, in a sense
B] No strategy either
C] Just books if you’re expecting more

 

TOTAL

85%

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