40-In-1 Explosive Megamix is a mini-game compilation from Nordcurrent; a developer that has achieved over a million sales with its 101-in-1 series. Their newest title, 40-In-1 Explosive Megamix, is now available on the Nintendo DSiWare/Nintendo eShop service for 800 Points (or $7.99). If you’re familiar with mini-game compilations then you know what you’re getting with the newest entry, however, I will try to objectively give a rundown for prospective buyers.
As the title suggests, there are indeed 40 different games to play on this compilation. At the beginning you will only be able to play the first 10 mini-games. After reaching a set number of points, (30,000, 40,000, etc.), you can start unlocking some of the other 30 games. I am actually a fan of unlocking games in this manner as it will make you want to work towards getting a new game; it took me a little over three hours to unlock all of the games. However, while this may seem like a great deal at first, there a few issues that I couldn’t ignore. First off, there are about 15 games that are at least worth a look, with 1 being the absolute highlight of the entire package, but the others I probably wouldn’t give a second chance. I will get the bad out of the way first.
Over half of the games are either unplayable, or the instructions really don’t help you learn the mini-game. I have encountered issues with hit boxes, non-responsive controls, and just plain not knowing what I needed to do to receive points. For example, the second game (Corn Fever) has you spitting corn kernels at crows that are trying to steal your crop. What I’ve found is that it is near impossible to actually hit the crows. Once in a while I would land a shot, but I had a 90% failure rate. Another game called Raining Rocks seems to be fairly straight forward, but after playing it multiple times I am still unable to get any points. There are many games in the package that operate this way.
There is a nice little gem hidden inside and it’s a game called Sudoku Casino. It operates much like a Sudoku game would, except with a casino theme. You use numbered casino chips to complete the puzzle and it works great. I really enjoyed spending some time with Sudoku Casino and the best thing is that the puzzles do change! I have tried this multiple times and came up with a new puzzle each time; however, I don’t know how many puzzles there are in Sudoku Casino. There are other games such as Mouth Battle (battle an AI opponent to see whom eliminates the most germs), Space Crash (throw specific colored balls into their respective rings), Hit the Monsters (a nice little Mole game) and Toy Traffic (you need to stop traffic with your stylus to avoid accidents). I also found that a few ideas could flourish given some polish; these are Jumping Clown, Photo Safari.
Aside from most of the gameplay, I do have to compliment Nordcurrent on their artwork. I think it is a bit generic, but I did enjoy their use of colors and some of designs. They aren’t mind blowing, but I’ve seen much worse.
Lastly, I have to say that Nordcurrent should have added more songs to the mix. I can’t say that the music is particularly awful, nor is it great, but those three tracks get boring extremely fast. Having a song for each of the 40 mini-games would have added some much needed substance to the package.
40-in-1 Explosive Megamix just isn’t a good game. There are unplayable games, boring music, and generic artwork. The quality just isn’t there and at $8.00 it’s hard to recommend, even with 40 games. Sudoku Casino is pretty good, but mostly everything else lacks polish.
Obtainment: Review Copy