I'm an older gamer and new to the Nintendo DS. I bought mine to play puzzle games (like Prof. Layton) and after watching Avatar in the cinema wanted to experience more of the film - luckily Avatar for the DS is primarily a puzzle/quest game.
First off, the Amazon description is for the wrong product - the closest you get is the Amazon.com description, but even that is mostly wrong. I've extracted the correct bit:
Product Features - Platform: Nintendo DS
* Become immersed in the world of the Avatar feature film, viewing James Cameron's universe from your own perspective
* Experience a whole new epic Pandoran tale as Nok, a young Na'vi warrior
* Use your Knowledge to Vanquish the Enemy.
* Develop your Character using the Pandorapedia
The 4 screenshots on Amazon.com are the only ones to give a true representation of what to expect.
I much prefer using a stylus to the buttons and the Avatar uses the stylus well to control the action. Yes, there is some fighting, which requires quickness and dexterity, but you soon get the hang of the stylus.
The graphics are good, but the map requires very good eyesight to distinguish the different icons. The storyline does not feature any characters or scenes from the film, although the creatures, plants and backgrounds are well represented.
As an inexperienced gamer, I expected more help from the booklet supplied and more hints from the game itself. I wasted 2 days trying to solve one puzzle, which was frustrating but ultimately rewarding, once I worked out the solution.
I expected some video scenes taken from the film between levels, but there are none. And in answer to one reviewer, I believe the little running black & white Na'vi is there to allow the Nintendo to load a new level (not to deliberately hold up gameplay), as the Nintendo doesn't have enough memory to hold the whole game.
I've been playing the game on and off since Xmas and will be sorry when it's over. Currently nearing the end (I think) but I'm stuck and haven't a clue how to proceed. I've tried everything - jumping, swimming, all the weapons - nothing. I'd recommend the game, but more experienced gamers might find the problem-solving a bit tame.