i seem to be playing a lot of fluff lately, but i needed a quick game for last week so i gave photo dojo a whirl. the game was part of a group specifically released to show off the DSi’s capabilities, in particular its lo-fi camera. its charms were fairly well appreciated when it was released, and the review at nintendolife.com summarizes it well when it says, “It’s hard to knock Photo Dojo: its versatility and use of the DSi’s functions are superb, and the potential to create fighters based on friends, figures and anything else you can photograph is enough to forgive its simplicity and lack of gameplay modes.”
free on its initial release and only $2 afterwards, the game joins warioware: snapped! as another experience that has limited appeal on its own but has much more entertainment value when played with others. particularly creative players will no doubt enjoy creating and refining their stable of fighters, but not having such talents or interest or friends to force to pose for me i can only really appreciate the game for what it is. i don’t feel compelled to spend a significant amount of time with it, but i agree that it has its charms and that i have no major complaints against it. glad to cross another digital release off of my list, and although only excitebike: world rally has been an essential experience, i’ve enjoyed having these more-bite-sized experiences.
pow! create your own photo dojo links:
– the official site doesn’t hold too many surprises, but it does have a PDF of the outlines of all the poses if you’d prefer to draw your fighters and photograph them
– basic interview with bill trinen
– entry at metacritic