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Great niche game

posted by bjmensz (FAIRFAX, VA) May 30, 2009

Member since Nov 2008

6 out of 6 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

It's a classical first person dungeon crawling RPG in the style of Wizardry (ESPECIALLY Wizardry), Bard's Tale etc.

Most people, even RPG fans, will have a hard time with this game. I knew what I was getting into, but it took a few hours of gameplay for me to really understand what the game is actually about. 95% of games today are about following a nice, cushioned, well-established set path, seeing cool stuff, and finishing the game in however many hours.

Dark Spire is not like that. First of all, it's completely non-linear. Dark Spire is less a story, and more a place in your DS you can visit. You need to set missions for yourself. It's not a regulated process. A great example is locked doors - if your thief fails to pick a locked door enough times that's it, you can't go through that door until your next journey into the dungeon.

The downside of this is that people who are expecting the handholding of a modern game are going to be let down. The upside is there is more freedom, and more atmosphere in this game if you look for it than any other RPG on the DS.

This isn't an epic story about killing an evil wizard in a tower. It's more like a dungeon simulator - the game doesn't CARE if you succeed or fail, which makes all the whacky stuff that can happen to you as you wander around it all the more interesting in a lot of ways.

Also worth mentioning that the game is really funny. I can't really explain this without spoiling a lot of the goofy events in the game, but virtually nothing in the game takes itself seriously. Squirrels, dungeon-sailing pirates, erotic pandas, and hornless unicorns all await you in the Dark Spire.

You also need to use your brain a lot in this game, and either have a good memory or take occasional notes about where you find stuff. It's not really a good game if you're super busy and can't dedicate some mental space.

Fantastic game though, if it sticks to you.

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Very Good

Not for the average gamer

posted by Tiamat (VALLEY VILLAGE, CA) Jul 15, 2009

Member since Mar 2009

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This is a hardcore, old school style first person RPG for the gaming masochist. If you are into and miss the old ways of the rpg (aka might and magic) you may be delighted by this title, despite the absurd difficulty. However, the types who enjoy these kind of games are few and far between, so they do not get much love, and it is a shame because they can be one of the more rewarding challenges in gaming, like playing a graphical D&D game with a really mean dungeon master.

Take a look at the review on the gamespot site for a real idea, but if you are hardcore about your RPG gaming in difficulty then I highly recommend giving this one a shot.

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Old school dungeon crawler.

posted by tiloho (OSHKOSH, WI) May 14, 2009

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Member since Jun 2005

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game reminds me of the bard's tale games for the original nintendo. It's even harder to build up your character levels, though. It's also almost impossible for your thieves to disarm traps. It took forever(at least 5 hours) and many deaths but I finally built up my characters to level 3 and I still wasn't able to disarm difficult(which is most of them) traps. I also was unable to explore the 2nd level of the tower without being killed by the first set of monsters I ran into. There are also only 4 places to visit besides the tower. There is the temple of Order/chaos(depends on your characters' charactor), the guild, the inn, and a shop. The dungeon itself might be interesting, if you can actually manage to get far enough into it without dying, but if you don't like working to level your characters don't bother with this game.

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