Gaming 261

Published on December 11th, 2008 | by Greg


DS Duo: Korg and Populous

It hasn’t been a great season for the DS- no real system sellers have been released that can compete with the bounty on the consoles or PC. But that doesn’t mean that you should overlook Nintendo entirely- XSeed has released a pair of nifty titles for the DS that make great stocking stuffers for kids of older ages.

Korg DS-10 is a music creation tool, created especially for the DS, that makes good use of the touchscreen. It’s not that accessible- there are tons of features, but they aren’t easy-to-use unless you’ve previously mixed some tracks in other programs. Korg is a sophisticated system with plenty of bells and whistles, though limited by the range of sound that the DS can produce. This definitely isn’t a game, and isn’t for the weak of heart- but any music-minded and piano-skilled person can get hours of fun creating synth patterns and making your compositions portable in a fun, new way. Korg is one of the best tools for the DS.

Populous, on the other hand, is definitely a game- and a suitable update of the old-school god game classic. Featuring 4-player multiplayer, some new playable characters, and touch screen controls, Populous DS is likely not a good game for kids. It is great for those who have played the original, as it does the franchise justice (unlike some recent ports). The graphics could have used some work- they look and feel a bit too much like the original- but Populous is as fun and challenging as ever, fairly easy to pick up and significantly harder to put down.

Both games available now, in stores and online, for $30-$40.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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