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Recommend On! DS Game for a lady!

mxmarksmxmarks Registered User regular
edited August 2009 in Games and Technology
So my girlfriend is having some minor surgery Wednesday, and actually said she was thinking of getting a new DS game to help her pass the time in bed. She's never been into games, but has lovingly embraced my interests and will hang around while I play stuff. Throughout this, she's become addicted to Dr. Mario.

This led to a "Zoo Keeper" addiction, after she bought me a DS and saw me playing it one day. In an effort to keep her interest in games going, I picked her up a DS of her own, and gave her my Zoo Keeper cart. She's loved it, and added Brian Age 2 to her collection specifically because she saw it had Suduku in it. Little did we know, it has Dr. Mario in it as well, and now I commonly find her playing Dr. Mario on her DS.

So now that you know the backstory, I need some recommendations, because she has weird tastes. She has expressed she doesn't have much interest in any sort of "game" game - no Mario Bros, Mario Kart, platforming stuff. No interest whatsoever in any sort of RPG. And as much as she insists she loves puzzles and mind-games, she still refers to Layton as "The game with the creepy kid." -- BUT will borrow my cart from time to time to just play the puzzles off of it, and loves that. She doesn't have too much desire to go through the story, she just loves the puzzles.

So jeez - what do I get this girl for her surgery? She looked at the Namco collection in the store today (she loves Pac Man), and went back and forth because she didn't recognize any of the other games on it. She DID start to say that she'd more than likely try out some, and who knows what she'd end up liking - so I think she's open to trying new types, but it has to hook her right off the bat, and be kind of easy to jump into.

If I could hunt down a GBA cart of "Chu Chu Rocket", I'd get it in a heartbeat. I want to get her something unique and cool, that's not your cookie cutter Brain Age clone, and a nice puzzler. I tried to show her Henry Hatsworth, but she wasn't really too interested. Any help would be appreciated!

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    GSMGSM Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Maybe Rhythm Heaven? I'd recommend it for the music and very amusing characters. Also it is fun without being impossible (except for a few levels).

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    cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Regent Bears The Name FreedomRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    She'd probably love Puyo Pop Fever, if you can find a copy. It's basically Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine(if you're familiar with that) backed up by eight player multi(on one cart) and a story mode of some kind.

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    TrevorTrevor Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    The story mode is so atrociously Japanese and child-oriented in Puyo Pop Fever that I defy anyone to enjoy any of the cutscenes even if they do have a vagina. That being said the gameplay does have an interesting "Fever" mode that adds a little bit to the old Mean Bean Machine/Kirby's Avalanche standard thing.

    Mr. Driller DS might also be appropriate if you can find it, although it borders on being more of a reflex-oriented game than a puzzle game at times.

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    lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Clubhouse games?

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    VeganVegan Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    The new Professor Layton comes out tomorrow. Of course, if the idea is to distract from pain... something with a bit more action may be better.

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Space Bust a Move, Planet Puzzle League, Peggle Dual Shot, Meteos, Tetris DS, Picross DS, Puzzle Quest, Hotel Dusk maybe?, Brain Age, Polarium?

    What about that mirror based game that Tycho splooged over? "Prism: Light the Way"?

    What about DSiWare titles?

    What about music games like Elite Beat Agents or Rhythm Heaven?

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    mxmarksmxmarks Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Man you guys are awesome folks.

    After looking into some stuff I'm way closer than I was an hour ago to being the hero tomorrow.

    Mr. Driller looks awesome - how 'story heavy' is it? I YouTubed it, and from what I gather of the gameplay, that looks right up her alley. But then I saw a bunch of cut scene videos of it, so Im not sure...


    I'm thinking I may, either way, try to get her something she likes AND Rythym Heaven...and if she doesn't like Rythym Heaven...I will! =)

    Planet Puzzle League also looks good, but I cant seem to find it in stock anywhere, and Im going out to the mall with a Best Buy/Gamestop tomorrow to get some stuff, so we'll see.

    Now looking into all Slash's reccomendations...

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    TekDragonTekDragon __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2009
    Cooking Mama.

    Back in the ki.....

    BAD! BAD, TEK!

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    troublebrewingtroublebrewing Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    phoenix wright games are good for passing time

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    BallmanBallman Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Have you thought about animal crossing? It has few objectives, doesn't have much in the way of puzzles, and just lets you do your thing. You just collect stuff, fish, catch bugs, talk to townspeople, etc. It kept my girlfriend and I hooked for the better part of a year.

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    a_m_a_ta_m_a_t Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I'd second Phoenix Wright games and also recommend Picross DS.

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    GSMGSM Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    The one thing that keeps me from recommending Phoenix Wright to a female is the vaguely sexist and pretty creepy visual gag of
    Mia possessing Maya

    I know, I know. Juvenile humor is abundant in all sorts of popular entertainment enjoyed by both sexes everywhere, but something about it (and perhaps the fact that it is in a video game) kinda makes it an awkward thing to recommend in my opinion. If that wouldn't creep her out, then she would likely enjoy it.

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    freakish lightfreakish light butterdick jones and his heavenly asshole machineRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    mxmarks wrote: »
    So my girlfriend is having some minor surgery Wednesday

    trauma center

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    NaloutoNalouto Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    mxmarks wrote: »
    So my girlfriend is having some minor surgery Wednesday

    trauma center

    :x


    *edit

    seconded on Picross

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    LeumasWhiteLeumasWhite New ZealandRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Nalouto wrote: »
    mxmarks wrote: »
    So my girlfriend is having some minor surgery Wednesday

    trauma center

    :x

    At least she'd already be in the hospital for when she ruptures something from pure rage

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    VeganVegan Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Nalouto wrote: »
    mxmarks wrote: »
    So my girlfriend is having some minor surgery Wednesday

    trauma center

    :x

    At least she'd already be in the hospital for when she ruptures something from pure rage

    Haha I was going to say something along those lines.

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    italianranmaitalianranma Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I too am trying to get my wife to play more games, and the DS and Wii are like gateway drugs in this respect. She loves puzzle quest, originally because she liked the bejeweled game, but more and more she's getting into character in the game "I just need 1 more red to fireball this troll!" I bought the Zelda DS game for her, but she had problems figuring out were to go. Of course she hasn't had the "talk to everyone" rule ingrained in her yet.

    On the PSP side of the house she found a little enjoyment with Locoroco. Actually she said she didn't really like the game, but she probably sunk about 40 hours into it, so you be the judge. I also got her Patapon, but that wasn't a hit with her (it was with me!)

    Finally what would be awesome is for you to get a few of her friends and bring rockband/guitarhero world tour to her hospital room for night. Rockband was my gateway into getting a real guitar, and I'm trying to convince my wife that playing the real drums is just a small step up from playing the expert rockband drums.

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    Asamof the HorribleAsamof the Horrible Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I seriously doubt she would like phoenix wright, that game is all about story.

    The rest are pretty good suggestions though. Maybe warioware touched and rhythm heaven too

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    Xenogears of BoreXenogears of Bore Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Planet Puzzle League is good times.

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    SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Third'ed recommendation for picross. If I had to choose 1 DS game to have on a desert island, well actually that'd be tetris ds, but Picross is definitely 2nd

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    plufimplufim Dr Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Mario vs Donkey Kong is fantastic, it's a mario spin on lemmings with cute wind-up mario toys.

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    SkribbleSkribble Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I bought my girlfriend a DS a while ago and shes taken a shine to a few games:

    - Mario and Luigi - Partners in Time (Puzzle/RPG, not platforming)
    - Trauma Center
    - Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
    - Meteos

    Might try Animal Crossing too, as someone else suggested.

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    plufimplufim Dr Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Oh yes, also Soul Bubbles.

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    Brainiac 8Brainiac 8 Don't call me Shirley... Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Contra 4!

    Yes, she will love it. It's one of the easiest games of all time, but has at least one whole level full of nothing but little doggies. :D

    Seriously though, Rhythm Heaven, she should love it.

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    slash000slash000 Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    For anybody actually, seriously suggesting Trauma Center, it might be wiser to suggest the sequel, because it has adjustable difficulty settings.

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    mxmarksmxmarks Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Thanks everyone. I went with:

    Mr. Driller DS - It was cart only, but $4. I have no idea how to play, and neither does she, but I e-mailed her a link to a gamefaqs manual thing (thats why I was getting the games - she's getting the surgery in her hometown near her parents tomorrow, I'm an hour away and cant get there until Saturday. Bummer.), and hopefully she can figure it out. The little I played seemed like it will be up her alley once she can figure it out...

    Prism: Light The Way - She read the box and went "Oh cool!", but I tried it and it hooked me almost instantly. I think this may end up being the sleeper hit!

    And a nice DS case to hold the DS and her 4 games.

    I also drove around for an HOUR trying to find ANYWHERE that had Picross, because that looks like exactly the type of thing she'd love. EXACTLY. So I ordered it off Amazon and will tuck it away for the next special event.

    Thanks to everyone for the help!

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