Code (video game)

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Art Style - Base 10 Coverart.png
Developer(s) Skip Ltd.
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
  • JP: December 24, 2008
  • AU: April 2, 2009
  • EU: April 3, 2009
  • NA: July 6, 2009[1]
Genre(s) Puzzle
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 multi-player 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 eventually released on December 24, 2008 on the DSiWare's launch.[2] It was developed by Skip Ltd. and published by Nintendo.[3]


Aggregate score
Review scores
Nintendo Life8/10 stars[7]

Code received a 77/100 on Metacritic based on 9 reviews, indicating "generally favorable" reviews.[4]

PC World called Code the "bar none best math game ever."[8] However the game has been criticized for its lack of a left-handed option.[9]


  1. ^ "BIT.TRIP CORE Brings WiiWare Library to 100 Games and Counting". Nintendo of America. 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ pocket gamer review
  4. ^ a b "Art Style: BASE 10 for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Art Style: Base 10 Review". IGN. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  6. ^ "DSiWare Roundup Review". Eurogamer. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Art Style: CODE Review - DSiWare". Nintendo Life. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Nintendo DSi: The Coolest Features". PC World. 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  9. ^ "Art Style: BASE 10 proves problematic for left-handed gamers". GoNintendo. 2009-07-07. Retrieved 2009-07-07.