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Master of Illusion Express: Funny Face Review

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Master of Illusion Express: Funny Face is only two dollars, but it's so incredibly thin that it feels more like a demo than something you should actually have to pay for.

This face is all "is thiiiiiis your card?!?!"
Master of Illusion Express: Funny Face is like a little demo of the 2007 DS release, Master of Illusion. It's not really a game, though. Master of Illusion is a series of magic tricks that are done in conjunction with the DS. It's sort of a neat idea, like an electronic version of the old book or video, Penn & Teller's Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends. Express: Funny Face takes two tricks from the cart-based version of the game and breaks them out as a two-dollar DSiWare purchase. This isn't a terrific deal--the tricks themselves are pretty dopey, and even if they were good, you can currently buy the full Master of Illusion game--which comes with over 20 tricks--for around $13.

The Funny Face trick works best when you have a deck of cards. The idea is that your mark will pick a card, you'll ask to see it, and then you'll draw a face on the DS screen that "magically" recites the chosen card. It doesn't take too much to figure out that how you draw the face determines what the DS says. Sorry for, you know, ruining the trick. To its credit, the application does a good job of teaching you how to keep talking during the trick and distract your victim. You also get a "bonus trick" called Vanishing Card, where you select five cards. The DS asks you to focus on one card, and then it makes the card disappear. Magic!

It's hard to complain too much about something that's only selling for two bucks, but Master of Illusion Express: Funny Face feels like the sort of thing that would normally be a free demo designed to entice people into picking up the full package. Even if you're looking to spend the initial 1,000 shop points you get for buying a DSi, you're better off without it.
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Posted by LordAndrew

You draw a face? Sold!

Posted by FlappyHands

Hahaha, dude what!?

Posted by Bertmasta

and nintendo yet again tries to sell crap to unsuspecting parents and children

Posted by Babble

Love the one star picture!

Posted by KnifeySpoony

Hehe, that one star art.

Posted by LiveOrDie1212

finally see a 1 star art from Jeff. like it : )

Posted by FlipperDesert

That's... Certainly an inventive way to kill yourself. Don't do it Jeff!

Posted by ahoodedfigure

I'm pretty sure the term mark is only used when you're trying to hustle someone, not showing them a magic trick. :P

Posted by Crono

the best thing to come out of this game was jeff's 1 star review pic.

Posted by RHCPfan24

Wow, it looks great! ;)

Posted by DeavonW

BOOM ha ha

Posted by Skillface

Jeff and Ryan have given 1 stars before.

Now I wanna see Brad and Vinny's 1 star pics!

Posted by Jared

LOL! Is this the first one star review? Gotta love the one star pic!

Posted by LordAndrew

It's the fourth one-star review. And Jeff's second. His first was Rock Revolution.

Posted by Kohe321

Awesome, love the 1 star picture.

Posted by Bardon

LOL. The one star pic is epic.

Posted by Media_Master

TNT in mouth ha !

Posted by MeatSim

Even if it's only 2$ this shouldn't cost money.

Posted by Chewii101

lmao, best thing about this was the review pic of jeff

Posted by Hausdog

I still don't really get how the trick works. Maybe I'm dumb :( But yeah, a little cheesy app doesn't deserve two dollars, it seems like something I could program on my lunch break.
To find their x-star pics, just copy-paste this:

but replace the name and number with the name and number of the person whose pic you want to see. For instance, Brad's 3-star pic is

Posted by ninjakittyboxrz

 console-console-console WIN!!    

Posted by carpens

There, there.