This is a "walk around, picking things up and throwing them" type of game. You're an adorable ball of goo, and you can bump into things and carry them around on your head. You pick up items so that you can save them, or to use them as weapons. You can also pick up bad guys and throw them at each other.
The other main functionality of the game is the tank feature. Your first few tank battles are fairly easy, but they get super hard pretty fast. It's possible to become extremely strategic with how you arm and staff your tank, later on in the game. That involves an element of strategy that I think elevates this game past just a simple platformer and into something more. By the end, the tank battles were my favorite parts!
The drawbacks of the game? Well, it does start slow. And it doesn't use the touchscreen for actual game play. Also, I ended up spending a lot of time going back through levels, endlessly collecting items to make other items in the alchemy kettle. It was necessary to do this in order to win the later tank battles, and it was just rote, endless, "find a thing, throw it on the cart" for hours. You'll need something like, oh, 200 of those little red berry things, for example. Also? Just at the end, when I FINALLY had the world's most awesome tank, that's when the game ended.
Final analysis: -slow start -very cute -oddly addicting -friendly -fun to play -tank battles the best part -not just for kids!
Above my expectations for a DS game, however .....
posted by Penelope (MAPLE VALLEY, WA) Nov 8, 2006
Member since Oct 2006
I was worried when they brought this title to DS it would not be that great, however they did rise above my expectations. The game has really good potential and would be a great game for anyone new to the Dragon Quest/Dragon Warrior family. If you are however a die hard fan of the series and have played all the rest of the GBA series then this game will not be very exciting for you. I am looking forward to their next release on the DS in hopes it will be better.