Code (video game)

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Art Style - Base 10 Coverart.png
Developer(s)Skip Ltd.
Platform(s)Nintendo DS
  • JP: December 24, 2008
  • AU: April 2, 2009
  • EU: April 3, 2009
  • NA: July 6, 2009[1]
Mode(s)Single-player, Multiplayer

Code, known as Base 10 in North America and Decode in Japan, is a puzzle video game developed by Skip Ltd. and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DSi's DSiWare digital distribution service.


The game involves players lining up numbers so that they total up to 10. However, as the numbers resemble those from an LCD display, players can flip around numbers (for example, a 2 can be reversed to become a 5) to complete their objective.

The options featured include a sprint game involving 2 to 10 different digits, a puzzle mode and an endless mode.

There is even a multiplayer option where two players can go head to head with the other player acquiring Base 10 through DS Download on any Nintendo DS console.


Code was announced for the DSiWare service on October 2, 2008 at a Nintendo conference alongside the reveal of the service.[citation needed] It was tentatively titled Code 10.[2] It was eventually released on December 24, 2008 on the DSiWare's launch.[3] It was developed by Skip Ltd. and published by Nintendo.[4]


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Code received a 77/100 on Metacritic based on 9 reviews, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[5] Kotaku felt it looked intriguing, saying it might be their first DSiWare purchase when it releases.[8] PC World called Code the "bar none best math game ever."[9] IGN was initially skeptical, but became addicted to its gameplay.[10] Following the Japanese release, IGN suggested players should purchase Code -and fellow Art Style game [{Aquia (video game)|Aquia]] over other early DSiWare releases.[11] Pocket Gamer called it polished, hoping that future DSiWare games would be as good as this. They praised how the audio is performed in the game, comparing it to the puzzle game Lumines.[12] They included it in their list of the best Nintendo DS games of 2009, stating that it was a standout of the Art Style series.[13] However the game has been criticized for its lack of a left-handed option by Kotaku and GameZone.[14][15] Nintendo World Report enjoyed the game, but noted that it is only good for right-handed players.[16]


  1. ^ "BIT.TRIP CORE Brings WiiWare Library to 100 Games and Counting". Nintendo of America. 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
  2. ^ McWhertor, Michael (March 25, 2009). "Hands On With Nintendo DSiWare". Kotaku. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  3. ^ Langshaw, Mark (2009-01-04). "Feature: DSi Preview". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 August 2009. Nintendo released its first batch of DSiWare titles in Japan on Christmas Eve […] puzzle games […] include Art Style Aquario and Art Style Decode.
  4. ^ pocket gamer review
  5. ^ a b "Art Style: BASE 10 for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "Art Style: Base 10 Review". IGN. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "DSiWare Roundup Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  8. ^ McWhertor, Michael (December 26, 2008). "Art Style: Decode Looks Like My First DSi Ware Purchase". Kotaku. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  9. ^ "Nintendo DSi: The Coolest Features". PC World. 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
  10. ^ Harris, Craig (July 21, 2009). "Art Style: Base 10 Review". IGN. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  11. ^ Tanaka, John (December 25, 2008). "DSi Ware Impressions". IGN. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  12. ^ Jordan, Jon (April 7, 2009). "Art Style: CODE (DSiWare)". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  13. ^ Jordan, Jon (August 4, 2009). "Top 10 DS games of 2009 so far". Pocket Gamer. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  14. ^ "Art Style: BASE 10 Not For Southpaws". GameZone. May 4, 2012. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  15. ^ Totilo, Stephen (July 7, 2009). "New Nintendo Release Exacerbates Lefty Gamers' Lament". Kotaku. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
  16. ^ Ronaghan, Neil (April 7, 2010). "The Best of DSiWare's First Year". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved August 30, 2019.