I am a pretty patent person, but this game is so bad even I almost lost it! There are some games with a lot of talking that are great.like Tales of Vesperia, or Eternal Sonata. But I have found sadly that most DS games are very childish and your reviews are right this game is not even playable. I put up with the long boring dialog then tried for like 30 minutes to draw there symbol but nothing worked, no matter how hard or how perfect I made it,it would not work! This game should be pulled off the market as defective!
The level 3 fire spell seemed glitchy no matter how many times I used it. The 1rst couple of times I used it I had no problem but after that it was hit or miss. I had trouble figuring out to look at the spell list(located under the eraser) at the beginning of the game. Even if you memorize the spells you still need that list to time the "circle" correctly. The game was simple because you spent most of your time walking around talking to people but the spells were sometimes hard because you had to get the timing exact or they didn't work no matter how perfectly you traced the symbol. Once you finally figure out what your doing it's also very short(13 chapters). I got it on Saturday afternoon and finished it on Sunday evening easily. The story isn't bad but isn't really exceptional either.