Product Type: Square Enix Nintendo DS games
Newest Review: ... find monsters is different, the way to capture them, even the way to command and fight with them. You can give orders to specific targets a... more
My kinda game
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (DS)
Member Name: Chaoler
Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (DS)
Advantages: OK story, nice fluent, easy gameplay
Disadvantages: A little tedious trying to level up your monsters, the graphics
OK, so recently my supply of games dried up and felt the need to get a new one to fill the gap while waiting for something big, and instantly fell in love with this. While I have got other games to write about, I feel the need to write about this one now. With its fairly straightforward game-play yet challenging levels and the sense of freedom that you have, this game is definitely one to play.
First, you have the all time classic style of monster capturing and battling. I like the Pokemon series and when first started playing, my original thought was that this was going to be a complete copy, that's less fun to play (having not played the other dragon quest series games). I was wrong. The way to find monsters is different, the way to capture them, even the way to command and fight with them. You can give orders to specific targets and abilities or you can just let your monsters 'Fight' which allows them to attack them head on depending on what 'Tactics' you've assigned to them. I think that this is pretty cool because it gives you the freedom to choose what you want to happen or you just see how strong your monsters are when attacking of their own volition.
Second, you've got the islands. Each island is basically like a different section of the game. Of course every game has different areas but you can choose your favorite depending on your skill level, what monsters you want and how stupid you are. I like this idea because it gives different players the chance to test their skills.
Next is something I really like the idea of. Fusing monsters with a function called 'Synthesis'. Now it may not appeal to all, but synthesis is when you fuse two level 10 or higher monsters together to get a brand new monster. The monster may be available for capture later in the game but some can only be obtained via synthesis so extending the time of play. I do love it when games do things like this to make games longer.
And then there's the story. Now, it's an unusual story. Normally in these types of games your out to stop some maniac from controlling some legendary monster. That isn't the case in this game. On that little note is all I'm going to say about it in case I ruin it for people who haven't played, but it really is a nice spin on the story hen you know. I do love it when the stories are good because who wants to play a game but a dull, short or dull and short story. NOBODY.
The graphics, for the purpose of the game are pretty cool actually, with a sort of artistic-cartoony look to them. Their purpose is good but I don't like how some of the objects are 2D. That's a little annoying.
There's not much to say about the sound. There's pretty much the same set of soundtracks throughout the entire game. They aren't particularly catchy either so begin to bug you pretty quickly.
All in all though, the game itself is pretty good. Its simple game-play, the monster battling, the not bad storyline. Out of 10 I'd give this game about a 7. People who like these kind of games, its worth a try. People who don't, maybe give it a miss, but it's still worth it.
Summary: A nice simplistic game, that's nice to play
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