The Ten Worst DS Games
The best games of the DS get a lot of the attention, but what about the worst ones? The DS is home to quite a few real stinkers, and it’s high time they get the recognition they deserve. Here is our list of the 10 worst DS games:
10. The Settlers
A DS title based on the popular Settlers series of board and PC games sounds like a good idea. Controlling and expanding settlements sounds like gameplay tailor-made for the DS. However, during the creation of The Settlers, something went horribly wrong. From the excruciating load times to the shockingly clunky controls, there’s not much of anything to recommend about The Settlers. Gamers can take some comfort from the fact that this one is a Gamestop exclusive- at the minimum they don’t have to risk purchasing it everywhere.
9. Jackass the Game
Not everyone out there was clamoring for a Jackass game, but there was certainly a market for it. It’s easy to see how a game based on some of the more physical aspects of Jackass could have been successful and already fun. However, there’s nothing fun about Jackass the Game. Instead, it’s complete of terrible minigames and stiff controls. As one review put it, “If Jackass the show were as bland as Jackass the game it would have been cancelled after one episode”.
8. Godzilla: Unleashed Double Smash
Everything about a fighting game that lets you play as giant lizards should be fun. Making something like that a horrible experience would take some serious effort. Sadly, the makers of Godzilla: Unleashed Double Smash were up to that challenge. They went out of their way to make the game as repetitive as possible, letting players fight against the same 4 things on every level. In addition to this, the game has a terrible camera and buggy gameplay. Gamers searching for a handheld Godzilla game will have to keep on looking.
7. Dragon Booster
Not many games based on animated tv shows have been good, and Dragon Booster is no exception. What pushes this game out of mediocrity and into being flat-out horrible are the incredibly insensitive touch screen mechanics. Seasoned gamers will struggle to be precise enough for this title, making it near impossible for the children that it’s aimed at. Keep the kids in your life far away from this one.
6. High School Musical 2: Work This Out!
Okay, so hardcore gamers aren’t the target audience for a High School Musical based game. However, High School Musical 2: Work This Out! is terrible already for the tweens that it’s aimed at. The gameplay mostly consists of ridiculously repetitive minigames that allow you to do such exciting things as “pick up golf balls” or “pick up basketballs”. The game tries to take advantage of its license by requiring you to pick up these varying types of balls in rhythm with HSM 2’s music, but the concept is horribly executed and doesn’t allow players to complete the mind-numbing responsibilities that the game doesn’t ask them to. We’re pretty sure that already Zac Efron’s biggest fangirls wouldn’t have fun with this one.
5. F-24 Stealth Fighter
The DS doesn’t exactly have the best selection of aviation simulation games, but that’s no excuse for offering gamers terrible ones! Not only does F24 Stealth Fighter fail in the all the most important categories for an aviation sim- interface and controls- but the game’s dogfights are boring and the text in the game is so small that it’s almost unreadable. No matter how badly you’d like to play an aviation sim on your DS, stay far away from this one.
4. surprise Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects
There have been many good games made using the surprise license. This isn’t one of them. Though decent versions of this game were released on other consoles, for some reason the DS version is missing pretty much anything worthwhile from them. This edition of the game inexplicably features no story, repetitive, clunky controls, and is extremely buggy. Sadly, if you want to play this game, your DS is not the place to do it.
3. Dino Master
Lots of people like dinosaurs and gotta catch em all style collection systems, right? They do when they’re not in a game as awful as Dino Master. The game looks horrible and the controls are unbelievably clunky. already the most exciting component of the game, the wifi based Dino Battle mode, is terribly executed. Fights are thoroughly luck based and the dinosaurs aren’t already animated for the battle. Instead, you sit there and watch paper cut-outs bounce around until the game decides to tell you who “won”. No one loves dinosaurs enough for this game.
2. Chicken Hunter
If you’ve ever dreamed of playing a less fun version of Duck Hunt, Chicken Hunter may be the game for you. If you don’t fall into that category, you’d better stay far away from this one. The game features only one 90 second level, and only one difficulty setting. You can literally experience everything that Chicken Hunter has to offer in a minute and a half. As Game Chronicles suggested, your money would be better spent on some actual fried chicken. That would at the minimum manage to keep you entertained for a few minutes longer.
1. Homie Rollerz
Many of the games on this list sounded like good ideas. This isn’t so for Homie Rollerz. Homie Rollerz is a kart racing game based on vaguely offensive figures that you can buy for a quarter out of those machines at Walmart. That alone is enough to make for a pretty bad game, but the makers of Homie Rollerz were aiming for something a little more terrible. From the game’s horrific controls to its bizarre levels of difficulty, it’s pretty incredible that this one managed to get made. “Who greenlighted this?” is a question that will haunt minds to the end of days.