When I heard about this game coming out, I was super excited. In fact, I wanted this game so much I got the special triforce Zelda DS that came with this game for some extra money. I have to say, it was an overall somewhat fun game, but I was definitely let down. In this review I will share my likes, dislikes and the story in this game, so here we go.
Now before I even start with that, I'd just like to say a bit on the controls. As you may or may not know, in this game almost everything is done by touching the screen in some way. Fighting, moving, even buying items at the store is all done by the touch screen. To me, this was a great feature, but only at times. There were some points in the game where you just wanted the old, button controls back. If I were Nintendo, I would have put an option where you can go back to the older type of controls (example, B- attack.) Unfortunately, Nintendo didn't add this feature to the game. It doesn't really add or take away from this game, I just wanted to point that out. It is a cool new idea though!
Now for what I didn't really like. In this game, the story is just simply boring. The is the lowest a story jas ever ranked in my opinion, in a Zelda game. The problem with it is half the time you don't know what's going on, and even when you do, it's very slow moving and sometimes seems pointless. The games ending is half decent, but other than that, it's a huge turn off.
I also didn't like the temples in this game. They got far to boring and it sometimes seemed like you were just repeating temples again and again. They were long and lacked that much effort or skill, a problem that this game has a lot of. The difficulty of this game is far too low. Nintendo may have tried to make this fun for smaller kids, but it is just way to easy! The only effort this game really takes is to not put it down out of boredom!
The story in this game is as follows. While treasure hunting, Links friend, Tetra, dissappears in a dangerous and monster filled ghost ship, once though to only be legend. Link hears her cries and knows he must save her. Upon his first visit to the Temple of the Ocean King, he meets his coward friend, Linebeck. Linebeck wants the treasure from the ghost ship, so Link agrees to go with him to find Tetra. First, however, Link must find the power, wisdom and courage spirits if he wants to board the ghost ship. What adventures and dangers await them? Does the ghost ship really exist? Play the game to find out!
Although there were some things that I didn't like, there still was some things that I did like. One thing I liked was the boss battles. The boss battles were sometimes decently difficult, but were still very fun. During the boss battles I really liked the styles and touch screen fighting, since it seemed more innovated and more hands on. After each boss you get a reward; a heart container. They will increase the number of your hearts by one.
Another thing I liked was the boating and all the boating features. Once you get Linebecks boat, you can set sail to areas you have a map for. There, you can do a few things. Once you have the fishing rod, you can fish. When you fish, you always want a rare fish. The more rare the fish, the bigger the reward! It is a really fun feature. Another thing you can do on the boat is fish for treasure. You buy an attachment for your boat that can fish up the treasure. When you find an "x" on your map, fish for the treasure here. When you start, you will have to dodge monsters swimming about, and on the way back, you will have to do the same! You can find sand for the hourglass, money, collectibles and more when treasure fishing! A fun new thing.
I also liked all the cool islands you could discover. It kept the game interesting. Sometimes you would find money on these islands, treasure, people or even games! It was very exciting to find a new island I have to say!
If you want a Zelda game to play on the go, get The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for DS!
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