Product Type: Square Enix Nintendo DS games
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A final fantasy nightmare
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales (DS)
Member Name: wyvern9lb
Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales (DS)
Advantages: test your skill at using the DS sylus and voice control
Disadvantages: very repetative and lame card game
This is no where near like any other final fantasy game. This is a mixture of various types of game play. You have a role playing game, as you are in control of a small cute yellow chocobo and must complete numerous repetative tasks to complete the game. You also a lame card game, which you collect cards to defeat enemies in battle. The game tests you ability of using your stylus and voice control to complete various mini games (very similar to the game Warioworld and Zelda phantom hour)
In a peaceful and rather sickly sweet town, Chocobo are settling down to listen to a story read by a young girl, Shirma. You are interrupted by a travelling book salesman who offers you a new book and asks you to unlock it with a simple sliding tiles game. After you unlock the book, it comes alive in the form of a slobbering dog book. This is the evil Bebuzzu, who wishes to return to his original form. He begins by sucking all your Chocobo friends into his pages (so long, farewell). It is your mission to help rescue your friends (if you can be bothered) and defeat Bebuzzu from draining all the magical crystals on the island of their power. Ok, it's the usual final fantasy storyline, defeat the bad guy from destroying the world, but this is rather childish version. You will be able to tell by the graphics that this game is designed for the younger generation (and they can keep it)
After you create a file to start the game, you have 6 options to choose from:
1) Story mode; This is your main adventure
2) Quick play: Where you can play all the mini games and micro games you have unlocked during your story mode.
3) Multiplayer: compete against your friends (if you have any willing to play the game). You can either challenge them to a card duel or play against them in one of the mini games.
4) Nintendo WFC: WiFi connection is needed, which I don't have. Here you can challenge people to a card duel.
5) Send: If only I had someone to send me the cards they have collect, then I wouldn't have to bother.
6) Options: Select your audio preference from stereo, surround or headphones
If you really want to rescue you pals, you will need to complete various mini games in the form of books. These can be found scattered throughout the game. Most of the titles of the books are based on famous fables and fairytales, but instead you the names of well know final fantasy characters. I must admit these games are extremely repetitive. They each have 5 levels for you to complete (of the same strategy, but just a little harder) as well as trial modes. Each time you complete a level or a time trial, you will either gain a battle card, release a chocobo or react with world to help you progress. Unfortunately, you need to complete most of the levels of the same task in order progress to the final battle.
Considering that most of the games are mini and micro games, I think I should explain. Mini games are all your book games. Quite a few of them are a race against or collect more points than your opponents. One of the books is a rip off of "Simon says". Most of the games test your skill with your stylus, others a matter of just pure luck. Considering I am always unlucky these didn't appeal to me. You will find Micro games throughout the game and are highlight on the map screen as an exclamation mark. They take numerous amount of practise and repetitive time to accomplish. If you know somebody who has completed these, then get them to send you the cards. Then at least you don't have to do it, but you must have very silly mates to have done this.
The battles are just as annoying and repetitive are the rest of the game. (As my review is by now, get yourself a Redbull to continue reading) You will receive a deck storage Via Mog. This is the most pathetic card game/battle I have ever played. You have four circles on the card (top, bottom and sides). These will either contain a sword (means you hit your opponent), a shield (obviously defend) or blank. Each card comes with a description on the amount of damage the card does. You both select a card from you deck. If you both have swords in the same area, you only hit with half the damage of the card. If you have a shield you receive no damage and if the area is blank you receive full damage. Rubbish, eh?
The top screen graphics main shows your map on the form of a grid during normal role playing game. On this screen you can locate where your nearest book is. The graphic change when you are in battle mode. The top screen then shows you your attacks. All the graphic on the top screen are in 2D, in which the characters look as if they are torn out of a book. The movement of the character can descried as puppets, much like the movement of south park character.
The bottom screen is mostly in 3D and is used for control of all movement and games. The colours are vibrant and the animation is cute. Hence, the appeal mostly to the younger generation. There are no real stunning effects that you come to expect from a final fantasy game.
Ok, I suppose you are wondering why I have reviewed this game or how I know so much about it. I was tempted by the final fantasy name as I am a huge fan and have completed all the games for the playstation. I will admit most of the mini games I was just bored. The main problem I had was repeating the same task over and over. The game would be for superior if you only had to complete the task once.
Although some of the tasks I did like and tried my best to complete such the balloon game in which you need to blow into the microphone in order to lift your character and collect points whilst avoiding enemies. I also like the mini games that required skill and not just dumb luck. Unfortunately, I think the game concentrates too much on the capabilities of the DS touch screen and voice control, rather than on actual game play enjoyment. If you like final fantasy, please don't be fooled by the name. It's nothing like the mingames in final fantasy 7, such as chocobo racing, which is still by far the best final fantasy game in the series. If you like playing games such as Warioworld and Sonic Olympics, then you might like this game also.
Summary: This would actually be a good game, if they didnt repeat the same task and lost the card game.
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