First off don't even consider buying the game, rent it. I rented the game and beat it in less than a day. And i'm bad at video games. So if you like games that aren't too hard to beat then this game is pretty good. However it is a drawback from the first game, the first game was much more difficult and much more engaging. DTLNC has some step ups, the graphics were much more improved and the game looked great for a DS game. The plot line was amazing, there's a lot of twists and turns, so if your a fan of the first game DTLNC is a must. The game follows the typical DTL format, you make a hero, you customize everything that helps you on your adventure. There are an excessive amount of cut scenes, but it most cases it helps with the plot line in major ways so they are necessary. You really have to pay attention to most of the cut scenes in order to even understand the plot line and especially the ending. Overall I think the game was great, despite the fact that it was a little less challenging and the game play was quick. But i highly recommend it.
The controls are similar to the mario series but you get to personalize your character and certain things in your environment. Don't expect detailed artwork, though. The screen is too small and the implements are to big. If you liked the 1st one you should like it, but if you didn't, this one isn't going to change your mind.
I had high hopes for this game after playing Scribblenauts, also made by 5th Cell. A game where you draw a character and then play it sounds pretty cool to me, but this game really screwed it up. Cut scenes seem to make up most of this game, which is really the worst part of it. The game without the cut scenes would take 5 hours to play through, so its not long. I will say that the graphics for everything else is truely great for a DS game, but it just doesn't make up for the rest of the stuff you have to go to beat this game. I rarely write reviews for games but people need to know exactly how bad this is.