- Platform: Nintendo DS
- BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Contact (Nintendo DS)
- Abundant gameplay activities including animal-training, item-collecting, monster-hunting, and old-school mini-games
- Dual-screen functionality with mission maps, interior/exterior viewpoints, and more
- Real-time combat with special abilities and powerful Decal Attacks
- Character design by Atsuko Fukushima, whose credits include the PSP hit PoPoLoCrois
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Guide the young Terry along endless stunning islands in your search for the source of scattered energy extraterrestrial teacher remains. Learn new techniques, master magical spells, builds weapons and discovers truth behind the mission of the teacher in this enigmatic role play in which nothing is what it seems. Invite your friends to the unique island wai wai for a very special quest that will contribute to the main quest!
Given its enormous popularity in Japan, its very odd how few role-playing games there have been so far for the DS. Its pleasing to see then that when one does make it out though its as gamely original as the console itself. Despite being a product of the same minds behind the ultra violent killer7, this is a far gentler affair as you try to help a nutty professor find new power cells for his space lab. The big gimmick is that the professor exists only on the top screen, portrayed via retro isometric graphics, while you go about helping him on the bottom screen, where the graphics are rendered in a far more realistic style.
The juxtaposition of art styles works extremely well and the game has a great sense of humour, constantly breaking the fourth wall and mocking the usual conventions of video games. However, like most role-playing games, the main focus is on combat which is less successfully odd than the rest of the game. Fighting is all based on statistics and apart from using items and health power-ups it all runs on automatic, which is not exactly the best way to keep your interest. Thankfully most minor enemies can just as easily be avoided as fought, although you do need to keep levelling up to be strong enough to take on the game bosses. You can also find and use a range of different outfits which give you new abilities such as being able to pick locks, cook, fish and so on. Theres also a limited Wi-Fi mode where you can meet and trade with other players. If only the combat had been more interesting this could have been a genuine classic.
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Of course, I then purchased it and have to say I am loving it so far. Pretty much everything about it works well, and I haven't grown tired of it yet.
This may well be due to the fact that I am, well, a self-confessed geek and RPG fanatic, so I really appreciate the blend of old-school elements with modern concepts, which fit together extremely well and leave little room for improvement. However, it is those elements that may alienate newcomers to the genre.
When you power up the game, the first thing that greets you is the retro menu screen, remeniscent of the computers of yesteryear. The opening cut-scene is also great, setting the tone very well, and introducing the story perfectly.
Here I ought to mention the Professor, one of the main characters. Without going into too much detail, his spaceship crashes, scattering its power crystals around the planet. He enlists the help of a local boy named Terry (although you can change his name) to help him find the missing crystals.
After the introduction you get to take control of Terry. Controlling him is a little tricky at first, but you soon get used to it. You can either use the D-pad to move him, or touch the screen in the place you want him to move towards. The A, B, X and Y buttons all have functions too, although infuriatingly tapping on Terry with the stylus pauses the action to bring up a mini-menu containing the same commands.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have since traded this in...I didn't think much of it, as the technology has moved on so much, and this is old-fashioned. OK if you are new to this stuff.Published on 30 Jan. 2013 by Mrs S L Wilson
I've had this game for years; in fact it was one of the earliest ds games I bought.
I haven't got very far with it at all. Read more
I bought contact after seeing a good rating for it it was a complete mistake the plot is confusing,the fighting system is awful and a load of aimless wandering.DO NOT BUY!Published on 13 May 2009 by Mrs. R. A. Keppie