gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I will admit right now that I did not finish the game. I played it for a while, but it just didn't grab me like I would have hoped. Like most RPG players I know, if the story doesn't grab me, I have a hard time getting into it.
The story differs from the original or movie versions of the Wizard of Oz, but there was no way to do this game without them. The biggest thing the story was lacking was individual characters to push it. Gone were the Munchkins, the only person you interact with in the Emerald City was the Great Oz himself, and during your travels the only interactions I found were with cat creatures who served to give you hints and tips on how to move through the game.
The gameplay was an interesting change to the traditional RPG. I found the trackball to be mostly easy to use, but on occasion it was a little tricky to get Dorothy to be where I wanted her to be. The battles were fairly standard with the exception of character speed. Having some characters taking up more attack slots than others was an interesting change, and the random encounters did seem to take that into account, but the advantages rarely felt worth the loss of an attack. I was also confused by which characters had what advantages over which enemies.
The sound and graphics were fairly standard for a handheld game with nothing adding or detracting from the experience.
The only other thing I would add is that it seemed a bit odd that it was impossible to name the Scarecrow "Scarecrow". While I thought it was nice to be able to change the names of the characters, I wanted to use their original names, but there was one letter short for Scarecrow. Nothing to ruin the game for me, but it felt a bit cheap.
Overall, I enjoyed playing the game, but not enough to want to buy the game, or really even finish it.
AGain my fiance has this game. She enjoys the battle system. It's a bit challenging for her, but she doesn't play role playing games that much, so she is learning. The characters are develop well. The story kind of follows the movie, but not completely. It is different then most role playing games on the DS. She would once again recommend at least renting it. Maybe not buying it, but renting it.
posted by adlpchris (ROCHESTER HILLS, MI) Oct 9, 2009
Member since Oct 2009
gamers (33%) found this review helpful
using the "trackball" on the screen to move dorothy around was kinda lame, used to zelda, where you just move the stylus around the screen and link follows.
the fighting pattern was horrible. before the fight starts, you have to choose how you are going to strike and with multiple enemies, that's hard to do, without knowing who is going to come after you first.
after five minutes of playing, i shut the game off and sent it back. good thing I could try it before buying it.