Tomodachi Life; Worms Battleground; Mind Zero, gaming reviews
There's something quite nineties about Tomodachi Life. As a life sim game (sequel to the Japanese game Tomodachi Collection), it's similar to both The Sims and Animal Crossing but it's also quite stripped back, like having a collection of Tamagotchis based on your friends.
After taking control of your island, you firstly create or import your own Mii and then either import friends' Miis or create new ones. The aim is to keep them happy and encourage friendships, and while simple, it's charming.
If you have ever fancied yourself as a match maker, Tomodachi Life is perfect. While you can't control who falls for who, you can advise whether you think it'd work, and then set up the perfect scenario for them to reveal their feelings. My friend Jack's Mii just confessed his love for my sister...
X-Box 360 (£19.99)
This old-school strategy game, in which players take turns to try and wipe out their opponent's gang of worms, returns on all the latest consoles yet retains the simplicity and humour that made it such a winner.
2D has never looked so good, particularly after perfectly judging the flight of an exploding banana directly onto an opponent. The worms are customisable and just as entertaining as ever.
PS Vita (£23.99)
In modern Japan, precocious high school students with unknown power stumble upon a strange world where forces known as MINDs threatens everyday life. Sound familiar? Mind Zero is the definition of a shameless clone, seemingly ripped from its infinitely superior source: the Persona series. Despite an initially interesting RPG combat set-up, this too suffers from inane level grinding.
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