- Platform: Nintendo DS
- BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Rogue-like games (named after the ancient 80s PC game from which all similar titles are derived) likes this do have their fans, particularly in Japan, and if youre one of them then this is literal mana from heaven. Combat is initially interesting, with four different types of weapons each with secondary functions such as the flail that doubles as a grappling hook. True to the genres roots though actual fighting just comes down to mashing the same button over and over again. The only other complication is a magical familiar which will attack enemies on its own and which gives you access to a few simple spells.
What cannot be criticised about the game is its 2D graphics, which are easily some of the best seen on the DS. The huge bosses in particular look great and the game features cameos from series regulars such as Flammie and the Rabite enemies. Another boon is a multiplayer mode for up to four people to play co-operatively or competitively. Even so, unless youre already a rogue-like fan, you may find the gorgeous graphics just dont justify the repetitive action.