Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Review Round-up (DS)

Probably the most anticipated Nintendo DS game ever (which by gaming industry standars means for roughly the last couple of years) The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is finally here. Well, almost. But, what's a bit of waiting when Link's first stylus controlled adventure is only a few weeks from reaching our eager hands and Hyrule will soon take over both of Nintendo's portable nifty little screens? Nothing, that's what.

But is it any good, I hear you ask. Of course it is. It's bloody brilliant, filled with dungeons, sporting lovely cell-shaded graphics, featuring Wi-Fi multiplayer gaming and progressing WindWaker's story. Here's a selection of the more important reviews:

Eurogamer (9/10): Stunning controls and graphics. An excellent, fresh yet short (for the franchise's standards, that is) Zelda game and the most complete game on the DS.

CVG (10/10): Not only is Phantom Hourglass testament to the d-pad/analogue-trumping capacity of touch screen control - it's also proof that Nintendo still has what it takes to create real gamers' games. A masterpiece.

GamerZines (10/10): Perfectly intuitive controls, consistently brilliant puzzles, some repetitive gameplay. Gaming on the DS really doesn't get much better than this.

GameBrink (97%): Huge variety of puzzles, wonderful presentation, free exploration, an amazing game bursting with variety unhindered by the mainly touch screen only controls.

According to and Zelda PH also received a mighty 90% from Games TM and Edge, 94% from Game Master magazine and 95% from NGamer. Probably a safe bet, then...

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  1. This game has been getting rave reviews acorss the board - as your handy post shows.

    I'm SO buying this game. I'm really glad Nintendo decided not to kill off The Windwaker style - because despite some gamers' criticisms towards it, I always found it charming.

    It also looks really cool on DS! It can knock out some pretty impressive visuals. :D

  2. Oh SO am I dear J, so am I. And can't wait to actually play a cell-shaded Zelda. Especially on the go and even more so when everyone says just how amazing it plays.

  3. I have SO failed to get into the only Zelda game I've ever tinkered with... The GBA's "link to the past", I've SO missed the Zelda boat, and I'm not afraid to say it...

  4. I'm not a huge Zelda fan, but I do have COMPLETE VERSIONS OF ZELDA: OCARINA OF TIME AND MAJORA'S MASK FOR THE NINTENDO 64!!!!!!!!!

    Ok, now that I got that out of the system, this new game looks great, but if I'm ever going to play it I think I should start with Wind Waker first.

  5. Can't say I'm the most succesful Zelda meself Father, though I'll definitely give this one a chance. After all Twilight Princess was more than impressive...

    Wow, Nebachadnezzar, those are both rare and ueber-classic games you're speaking of. Oh, and WindWaker must be quite brilliant from what I hear. Probably I'll just have to pass though... Can't play eveything...

  6. ok so im new at the game and need help.

    once you get to the Isle of Embers you get the gate unlocked by Astrid. so then i go through the gate and the volcano is erupting. i read on a brick i need to blow out the flames. so i go to the 2 candles and then how to i blow them out??????!!!??

    yah i know i must be stupid..

    but HELP

  7. I can absolutely sympathize with your Zelda troubles dear zeldanoob, but hope this will help: