This has to be one of the best games available for the Nintendo DS.
The game tells the exploits of a Hunter named Red Savarin who is just one of a cast of likeable and unique characters. The story of the game is excellent, combined with the very attractive art style and impressive presentation with gorgeous cutscenes, I found myself enthralled until the end.
The game takes place in a floating kingdom called the Shepherd Republic which is populated by both dog people and cat people (Caninu & Felineko), Red himself is a Caninu. the world is expansive with many different islands to visit, each with their own sidequests to complete, however you must play through the story in order to travel to new islands.
The gameplay itself plays similarly to an action RPG, with you exploring an island in search of collectibles and money, while performing quests for the local quest broker. Red pilots a walking robot called the Dahak which you can upgrade by placing different shaped modules on a grid (bigger is better), shifting them around in order to enhance the robot's abilities. in addition, Red himself levels up by gaining experience points from combat, which increases his health meter. Combat itself is fairly simple, Red's primary form of attack it grabbing and throwing his opponents. He can also dash, which is handy for moving quickly or stunning the enemy. The game's graphics are also very impressive for a DS, with vibrant colours and detailed 3D worlds & 2D animations.
There is a LOT to do in this game, the main story is surprisingly lengthy (assuming you complete the sidequests), and there are a few minigames to play too, with their own rewards.
The game also features a multiplayer mode which is essentially Mario Kart with flying robots. It is enjoyable and can also be done as a minigame in single-player.
If I have one complaint about the game, its that its a little on the easy side, however this is a minor complaint and it only bothered me very early in the story.
Overall this comes together to create a very nice package, definitely one of the best on the system and is highly recommended. It really is a shame that the game is destined to sell poorly, mainly due to the lack of advertising and coverage - even on dedicated gaming websites. So I urge you to buy this game, to support the developers who are willing to make such wonderfully unique games.