Best Pick up and Play Games

Discussion in 'NDS - Console and Game Discussions' started by franko, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. franko
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    The recent release of PRISM - Light The Way, made my week, and reminded me of this thread I´ve been meaning to post.

    I often find myself with 5 free minutes to play, and end up using 3 of them searching the supercard menu, deciding on a game, waiting of it to load and then looking at the game's logos. And after playing for 1 1/2 minutes I remember many games do not offer a save-anywhere feature, so many times I can't even save my 1 1/2 minute progress [​IMG]

    So I´m looking for games with save-anywhere or autosave, quick loading times, quick logo displays and skippable intros. The best games I found for my Pick-up and Play folder so far are:

    * Prism - Light The Way
    * Slitherlink (You can finish puzzles from the first groups in 5 min or less, later levels take 30 or more minutes but you can still get progress in 5)
    * Pet Alien (Not a good game, but can be played for small periods of time, so I ended up finishing the main levels even if i didn't like it much)

    Any other suggestions? Help Me GBAtemp, you're my only hope. [​IMG]

    If this is interesting to other people, I will update this post with other people's suggestions like they do on the Essentials threads

    Thanks!
    EDIT: Here's the summary (up to my last post)

    BEST PICK-UP AND PLAY GAMES

    [OVER 2 VOTES]
    ClubHouse Games/42 All Time Classics (6)
    Picross (4)
    Tetris DS (4)
    Mario Vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (3)
    Phoenix Wright (3)

    [2 VOTES]
    Brain Age (2)
    Brothers In Arms (2)
    Cooking Mama (2)
    Meteos / Disney Meteos (2)
    Pet Alien (2)
    WarioWare Touched (2)

    [1 VOTE]
    Drawn To Life
    Electroplankton
    Elite Beat Agents
    Glory Days 2
    Jam Sessions
    Metroid Prime Pinball
    Monster Puzzle
    Namco Museum
    Nanostray
    New Super Mario Bros.
    Osu! Tatakae! Oendan! 1 and 2
    Pac-Pix
    Planet Puzzle League
    Pogo Island
    Polarium
    PRISM - Light The Way
    Puzzle Quest
    Puzzle Series Vol 5. Slither Link
    Sonic Rush Adventure
    Scrabble
    Touchmaster
    Trioncube

    [HOMEBREW]
    Mental Games
    Powder
    Puzzlemaniak
    World Of Sand
     


  2. moozxy

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    Picross
    Brain Age
     
  3. calvin_0

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    Phoenix Wright....you can save anytime by pressing start....but you cant save during critial moment.
     
  4. El-ahrairah

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    Clubhouse Games. The commercials were even targeted at people who only had a few minutes to play.
     
  5. titoboy666

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    Some homebrews fit very well in this:
    -Puzzlemaniak
    -Mental Games
    just to name a few...
     
  6. GeekyGuy

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    I tried Prism -- not my cup of tea. I do disagree with you, however -- I think Pet Alien is a great little game. I don't need games to be uber tough to enjoy them. There's a time and place (and mood) for everything.

    Another good pick up & play game? March of the Minis. Perfect for short gaming stints. Also Bros. In Arms. The checkpoint system in that game really was optimized perfectly for the DS. You could stop mid-mission and come back pretty much right where you left off.
     
  7. rhyguy

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    i reckon you could finish a nsmb level in a few minutes
     
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    Trioncube [​IMG]
    Meteos
    Monster Puzzle

    Not exactly "save anywhere" but the levels are short and it will autosave in between. And I think Castlevania has a "pause and turn off DS" sleep mode.
     
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    Osu! Tatakae! Oendan! 1 and 2
    Elite Beat Agents
     
  10. IAmTheRad

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    I beat NSMB in 10 mins. But that's mostly if you know where every secret exit is. It doesn't take too long to finish a castle/fortress so you can save, however.

    Tetris DS is a good quick play game. It CAN take a while, but the puzzle mode is just thinking about what pieces to use.

    Warioware Touched is a pick up and play game. Just do a stage. Shouldn't take too long (in fact, it's MADE to go quickly)

    In the same vein is cooking mama.
     
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    Play Tetris DS against the computer, good training for Wifi battles.

    WarioWare reminded me of Project Rub.
    Cooking Mama reminded me of Trauma Centre (although the talking scenes in between the operations take a while.. and the operation might take awhile also depending on which level your on)
     
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    How about Namco Museum? A few rounds of Pac-man and you're spent.
     
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    video proof, or it never happened!
     
  14. franko
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    Great suggestions, not many repeats so far, but I´m still editing the top post to summarize. I will group by votes received, so feel free to repeat games mentioned by someone else, just don't suggest the same game twice.
     
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    scrabble!!!
     
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    Polarium.
     
  17. Urza

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    Glory Days 2 and Electroplankton.
     
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    42 All Time Classics
     
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    puzzle quest [​IMG] and some otheres i'll name when im not lazy [​IMG]
     
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    Tetris DS