DaGeDar Review- Nintendo DSDecember 5, 2011
I’ll be honest, before I received DaGeDar for review, I had no idea what this franchise was about. After doing a bit of research, I discovered that it’s a hot new line of kid’s toys. It’s basically the old Hot Wheels racing sets with balls instead of cars, and the collectible balls remind me of Pokemon. With that combination, I can definitely see the toys (as well as this game) on a lot of children’s wish lists this holiday season.
The game version, for Nintendo DS, is actually a lot of fun; children of the 90s will immediately see Sonic The Hedgehog when booting this game up for the first time. You’re racing along a track with loops, turbo boosts, and lots of obstacles. The main difference here is that you are racing against another opponent, whether it be another player (via single card or multi card download play) or computer-controlled.
The gameplay is fast and smooth, and the graphics are clean and bright. These are two necessary components in a racing game, so it’s a good thing Black Lantern Studios got it right. The only major problem this racer has is its difficulty level. It’s quite hard, and there are no difficulty settings. Given who this game is mainly being marketed towards, you’d think the developer would be smart and let the player win more than 1 out of 10 matches. I’ll put it this way- Sonic is a franchise noted for being difficult, and I had a much easier time with those games than DaGeDar. Over time, the controls will become more second nature, but you will need to intensely study the tracks to beat the A.I.- something I’m not sure most children will have the discipline to do.
Once you get the hang of it though, DaGeDar can be addictive and fun. There are over 100 unlockable DaGeDar racing balls, each boasting special attributes such as Acceleration, Top Speed, Defense and Attack modes. At the end of each round you’ll earn points that can be spent on rewards and bonuses. There are 30 unlockable race tracks.
All told, DaGeDar is a fun kid’s title. The only real downsides are that the hardcore players will be turned off by the kiddie vibe, and kids will be turned off by the extreme difficulty. When you put the time into learning its quirks, however, DaGeDar is a good racer for the Nintendo DS. I would recommend it for older children, and I recommend playing with another player, as the game is much more enjoyable with another human rather than the often frustrating A.I. Overall, it makes a good stocking stuffer this holiday season for Nintendo DS players.