The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourlgass, Review #4
Toon Link, portable!
GAMEPLAY: Is completely touch screen compatible. I can't even remember a time I pressed a button playing this game. Want to use an item? Touch the picture of the item. Swing your sword? Slash at the touch screen. Want to move? Move around the stylus on the touch screen. Want to do anything? Do it on the touch screen! The top screen is there specifically for the map. Which you can draw on to remember places, things, or answers to puzzles. It's the classic Zelda formula: attack enemies, solve puzzles in dungeons, etc. It's beautifully done on the DS, and is every bit as fun as any other Zelda game. There's also some multiplayer, making you walk through a Dungeon dodging Dark Nuts and finding Force Gems to win, all under a time limit. Sailing returns, also all done on the Touch Screen. With the right parts you can salvage for treasure, or fire a cannon at enemies. There are also pirate ships and fights on the high seas, even boss battles.
GRAPHICS: They aren't the best, but The Wind Waker style world works well on the DS, and it looks really good. Everything looks great with the wide use of bright colors. Bosses look awesome, too.
It has a cartoony-feel, just like Wind Waker.
SOUNDS/MUSIC: I...was actually disappointed. This game, even though a Zelda game, didn't offer as good music as I would've hoped. It also repeats songs alot. A couple are reminiscent of past Zelda games, like the Goron Theme, but yeah I was a little disappointed that a game from a series of high quality music was lacking a little.
STORY: This game is a direct sequel to Wind Waker in terms of story. I won't say much about the story from this game, because Zelda games usually have good stories and I just don't want to spoil any of it. But trust me, it is a good story.
REPLAYABILITY: This game is fun. Every part of its gameplay is just fun to do since it is all Touch Screen oriented. There is one dungeon that you have to keep going back too, from the beginning, each time going farther, and if you die, you have to restart, and you cannot save in there, so make time before you go down in there to save frustration. But it's not a big problem. You will want to come back for more simpy because the puzzles are fun to figure out and the controls work so smoothly.
So yeah. I recommend this. Go out and buy it! This game lasts awhile, too.
If you don't care about the music as much, go ahead and make that a 9.5. But I am one that likes video game music, especially Zelda music, but like I said before it just wasn't what I hoped it would be.
So comments? Requests? Let me hear them. After Christmas though, number1supermariofan has Wario Land: Shake It! So you can request the next 2 for the next 2 weeks. ^_^