first of all i was very surprised at how good this game was. i thought it would be just like any other ds rpg.... but its not! its fantastic! it will definatly provide you with about 15 to 20 hours of gameplay. :) another good is the battle system. its very original and creative and provides lots of strategy. you are almost controlling an army on the bottom screen and your enemy has an army on the top. its turn based. you make units go together and wait however many turns until it can attack and inflict damage. the story was also surprisingly FANTASTIC! another thing i liked was that each units had abilities that were very useful, original, and creative. certain ones are your only realiability for beating a boss. another thing i found really cool was that you controlled many different heroes and the game braught them together fluently. another good factor was that they only let each of your units go to level 5 and your hero to level 10. which for all you big levelers out there dont worry its a good thing. the thing i really enjoy about this is that i hate leveling and unless you level up with surprise attacks its hard to get past level 8 with any of the warriors. however i found myself needing to get to level 10 once or twice simplay because i couldnt beat the boss without more hp. however only being able to go to level 10 is good because it makes you use your brain and strategy more. another up is that the difficulty factor is perfect. you will find yourself struggling to beat almost every boss and losing several times. the battles are hard without using your brain.
2 complaints. 1 is that it is a little repetitive. 2 is that i found the final boss to be a huge push-over. i found him to be the easiest boss. but those 2 things were nothing major. people who dont like reading:
Hi! Now a days some games are so complicated that it takes away from the fun of the game. You are so busy looking up hints and tips or reading a game guide that you lose sight of the pure joy of just picking up a game and playing. I recommend this game to anyone who needs a break from the complex games or someone old like me who enjoys video games but does not have the time or patience to devote to normal RPG games. The only reason it did not get a perfect 10 is because the ending monster is so hard that it does not fit into the game. If the ending monsters grew progressively harder, then I would not have a problem with a tough boss at the end. But in the end, I still won! Highly recommended, Great Game, Awesome Graphics!
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You can't exactly put this game in the category of Puzzle Quest because it takes the puzzle battles to a new level. Instead of competing on the the same board, each player gets there own screen (top/bottom) to assemble their army and launch them against the opponent.
There is much variety in the army types. There are four different kinds of armies, each with three infantry types, two elite types, and two champion types. You can't use them all at once so you have to pick and choose what type of strategy you want to use. That strategy will depend on which of two commanders for each army you choose. In addition, there are eight artifacts per army that give you another special ability.
Now all of these options may make you think that the game eventually becomes unbalanced when you figure out the power combinations (a la Puzzle Quest), but that doesn't happen. This game is beautifully designed to balance offense vs defense and special army powers. This means you can actually play multiplayer with your friends and winning depends on strategy and luck versus who gets their ubber-spell off first.
The story itself is ok. It takes lets you play the four army types through the eyes of one of the commanders. The story is typical fair but at least it doesn't suck. In addition to pure battles, there are puzzle boards based on the unique combining abilities this game employs.
I can't recommend this game enough. It is the pinnacle of puzzle battling on the DS.