Review: 100 Classic Book Collection
Posted 08 Feb 2009 at 14:40 by Derek Wheatley
|"Some dislikes on the music are Summer day and Autumn night, which sound more like a restless night in Spain with crickets chirping…."
Although it may not need stating, I shall say it anyway. This is NOT a game, but I will probably keep calling it one throughout this review. This is a library in your hand. A library which contains 100 of the most famous literary works of all time.
As you expect, a game (which is not a game) which involves books is held on its side like a book, left or right depending on what handed you are. It's best to control the beginning of the "game" using the stylus through the menus getting to the book of choice, since the D-pad doesn't offer much use to begin with apart from scrolling along the books. However you need the stylus to select your book and start reading. But when you start reading, buttons can be configured to help turn pages. The configuration I found best was using the shoulder buttons to turn the page, since my hand was on the back of the DS while reading.
Here's a select few of the classic page turners you can find on the cartridge.
- Arthur Conan Doyle - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
- Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
- George Eliot - The Mill on the Floss
- Herman Melville - Moby Dick
- Edgar Allen Poe - Tales of Mystery and Imagination
- William Shakespeare Julius Caesar
- Mark Twain - Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Jules Verne - Round the World in Eighty Days
- Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Earnest
For a full listing of all 100 books you can select from, open THIS LINK, in a new tab or window.
This is only the start, as other titles can be downloaded from the wi-fi connection. Here is the selection that was available to us at the time of writing:
- Jane Austen - Northanger Abbey
- Anne Bronte - Agnes Grey
- Susan Coolidge - What Katy Did at School
- George Eliot - Silas Marner
- Elizabeth Gaskell - Cranford
- Henry James - The Aspern Papers
- Henry James - The Turn of the Screw
- Charles Kingsley - The Water Babies
- William Shakespeare - The Merry Wives of Windsor
- Robert Louis Stevenson - The Black Arrow
However, there is limited space on the cartridge for books, and each book is a different file size, so you may not have enough space to download all the books on offer to download.
The text is of a reasonable size on both screens, but as you can imagine compared to a page of a normal book the screens are smaller, so you will be turning the page more often. As well as the book itself, information is available about the book and the author. Music is on offer as well, to provide some calming background noise, such as a café, airport waiting room and a log fire in the living room. Some dislikes on the music are Summer day and Autumn night, which sound more like a restless night in Spain with crickets chirping… not soothing for this reviewer personally at all. You have three bookmarks to use in each book and one bookmark in each book introduction.
If you're a lover of classic literature or just want to try something new, then pick up this "Library", which like games which aren't really games can be bought for £20 or under.
In these reviews we're meant to come across issues such as gameplay and playability. It seems nigh on impossible to mention these since they're non-existent. If you like reading lots of books, the "gameplay" and "playability" here is outstanding. It will probably take you much longer to "complete" than a normal game, assuming you read them all, and at a reasonable pace.
N-Europe Final Verdict
If you feel like kicking back with a literary classic, and a wide selection to choose from then pick this up pronto. If you chose to buy all these books separately, it would cost much more than the bargain price this game is going for in comparison.
A wide selection of books
Ability to widen the collection
Some relaxing tunes
Long lifespan to read all these books
Not an action packed game, in a sense
No strategy either
Just books if you're expecting more