I got this game purely because I had really enjoyed the film Arthur and the Invisibles. And it was a good investment. The characters in this game are from the film, like Arthur, Princess Selinia and her brother (as well as the bad guys).
You have to play a set of mini games, to move onto the next level and so forth. The mini games are varied, and I found that some were very easy for me, whereas others really stumped me. You have to complete a certain number of them in a row (you have 3 lives), and then move onto the next level. I wouldn't say this is a difficult game, but it is slightly frustrating when you've done 29 games in row and lose 3 lives trying to complete you final 30th.
But what I found the best about this game is the variety of ways you can play it. In some of the mini games you have to tap using your stylus to hit things. Then you have those where you have to guide the vehicle without hitting things, or wipe away stuff to reveal a character. There's also a game where you have to match the sets of cards up. And for some games you have blow into the microphone to get rid of the bad guys. I'm quite sure I've out loads but you can find those out for yourself.
Arthur and the Invisibles DS is a game for nintendo ds based loosely on the movie.
Arthur and the Invisibles DS consists mainly of minigames and is similar to wario ware in its design as each character has a different set of minigames. Between each level brief parts of the story are shown.
The minigames vary greatly in difficulty. Some are really easy whereas others are inexplicably difficult and almost impossible to complete. You need to play the harder ones a few times and memorise what to do to succeed in them.
There are three modes, single player challenge mode, multiplayer mode and virtual pet caring, you are able to look after a mul-mul and interact with it.
Arthur and the Invisibles DS is quite a short game and is therefore easy to complete quickly. This means it offers little playing time as the appeal lessens once challenge mode has been beaten. It is a fun game and I would recommend it especially to wario ware fans.
This review is for the Nintendo DS game, Arthur and the Invisibles, developed by Neko Entertainment and published by Atari. This is an action game which is fast paced and primarily involves working through over ninety mini games to progress through the game. The game is a licence of the feature film of the same name, but doesn't really relate very heavily to that film.
You can choose between three different gameplay modes, challenge mode, virtual pet simulator or multiplayer mode. The challenge mode involves working through all of the mini games, and the multi-player mode is just that, an opportunity to share the games with others.
The virtual pet simulator is really just a side part of the game, and involves looking after a small pet which requires attention and looking after. There isn't really much to this, it just involves the repetitive feeding of your pet and giving it attention. It's a fun addition, but doesn't really seem to fit comfortably into the game as a whole.
Back to the main part of the game, which is the challenge mode. There are ninety mini games included, which is great if you have a rather limited concentration span like me! Some of these games are rather hard to be able to understand and succeed in, but they're fun to work through. The mini games are also varied, so they don't become too repetitive.
In terms of how you play the games, they require fast responses and you have to practice many of the games. The style of the play varies, but involves using the stylus quickly by tapping the screen, moving the stylus in various directions of just the use of the microphone. The game does use the various functions of the Nintendo DS well, with the stylus being used heavily to control the game, and the microphone facility is also used effectively. It's an easy game to play in the main, and thought has been put into the control of the game.
The graphics in the game are good, given the number of mini games there are lots of different backgrounds which are bright and fun. Again the sound isn't too repetitive and both the sound effects and the music do add to the atmosphere in the game.
There is a multi player function so that you can play with others using the Nintendo wi-fi function. However to use the multi player function, you need to find others who have their own copy of the game, as the publishers have decided against the route taken by others in only requiring one cartridge. Such a move is disappointing as it isn't likely that you'd want to buy two copies of the game just to play against someone else.
The game is currently available for 9.99 pounds on Amazon, although if you are happy with a second-hand copy, these are available at the time of writing for about four to five pounds on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated as 3+, so is suitable for children of nearly all ages.
Overall, this is quite a fun game to work through, with the large number of mini games meaning that the game stays enjoyable to play. However, once you've gone through those mini games, there's not much else to really keep you playing. However, as this game is available for only a few pounds at the moment, it's not bad value at all, and definitely worth a look.