I didn't play all the way through the game due to my work schedule, but I decided to buy it and I'm looking forward to completing the game.
I feel that because I am biased toward Okami for PS2 I can't give a completely honest review, but it is a fun game that really works well on the DS. I would recommend that even if you aren't familiar with Okami that you give this game a shot if you're looking for something beautiful, original, and relaxing to play.
A worthy sequel to "Okami". It has fewer things to do, and it's smaller and less epic in scope than its predecessor, but it's still an enjoyable adventure. The brush mechanics work almost flawlessly now that we can actually draw on the touchscreen, the graphics and music are lovely, and the characters are very likable. Of course, it doesn't convey the same sense of freshness and innovation that the original "Okami" did; "Okamiden" is very much more of the same (there aren't even any new brush powers introduced). Still, if you got a kick out of "Okami", it's likely you'll enjoy this latest quest.
Okamiden might be the easiest review I've ever had to write and can be summed up in one simple word. Cute.
Of course, that wouldn't make for a very informative review, so lets dive in.
Before you're even handed control the world's art style will invoke awe and admiration. It's beautiful use of thick "caligraghy" paintlines, soft water colors and dazzling nature scenes will captivate effortlessly. The world feels massive, and its a wonder to behold on the small, ageing DS system. The characters all act and speak with charisma and our titled hero's sideways stares and animated emotions translate powerfully to the player. You will fall in love with the world of Okamiden.
Exploration is done in a more linear style than most adventure types. Paths that were once closed open with new abilities, but the door rotates in one direction for much of the game. You'll be able to revisit the early points of the game later on, to get those last few treasures, but it can be painful to final unlock the brush skill needed to get at the one treasure chest, and repeatedly be refused access to the area of the map its in.
Its all temporary though, and your soon filling out your collections and finding the hidden artifacts that litter ancient Nippon's mystical hillsides and beaches.
The story is standard fare, with corrupting evils polluting the land and only you as the reincarnated sun god's child to restore order. But its pulled off with so much good spirit that you won't care if it feels been-there-done-that ish.