I was amazed at this game when I bought it. This being my first final fantasy game, I didn't really know what to expect. What I got was a mix of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, and Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. (Which are my favorite DS games) You level up and get stronger with more health as you randomnly fight enemies along the adventure. And then the puzzles, graphics, and controls are done zelda style. The graphics are great for a DS game and the game runs very smoothly. To direct you character, you will have to touch and hold the stylus in place, but fortunatly for certain players, you may use the control pad rather then the touch based conrtols. Overall, this a great game and I recomend you buy it. This a must have for a DS owner.