Pandora's Tower Review
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but swords and chains excite me. Should you climb the towers in Xseed's JRPG/adventure hybrid to save your cursed (and tragically whiny) girlfriend?
[ Editor's Note: As Nick Olsen is a writer for Theory of Gaming, this won't be counted in the monthly Vox Pop prize. However, it is very much a worthy read. ]
By Nick Olsen
Co-founder, Theory of Gaming
In 1985 Nintendo started a revolution when it...
The Nintendo DS still dominates the handheld market after a year, and many developers have finally figured how to make the stylus work without having players poke through the screen. Like the Wii, the DS is associated with kid-friendly titles, some that sell eye-rollingly well: High School Musical: Makin' The Cut, anyone? Though every recommendation here has an E-rating slapped on it, they fortunately don't slack on sophisticated gamepaly and, above all, fun.
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Link almost always reinvents classic themes, and Phantom Hourglass follows through. It's clever, well-produced, and smooth. Using only the stylus, it cements the interface for the Nintendo DS as much, much more than a gimmick.
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Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings
Publisher: Square Enix
Like Final Fantasy XII but don't like gambits? You know, automated functions for computer bots in a franchise that's always been about turn-based strategy. Wah? Well, you're in luck. Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings follows the adventures of Vaan, now a full-time sky pirate, in full real-time strategy. Make Revenant Wings part of your fantasy soon.
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Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords
Who knew putting skulls in a line could kill a three-hundred-pound minotaur? Puzzle Quest turns the usual gem-swapping mechanic into a full-fledged adventure that will please both casual and hardcore audiences.
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Brain Age 2
You know your brain needs more training. Where are your keys? Where did you park your car? What's your girlfriend's name? These things are important, right? RIght? But really, come on, even your mom likes Brain Age.
Intergalactic vampires are a threat. Even David Boreanaz agrees. Using the power of the sun and moon, you shall cleanse the Earth of its infectious demons - and for once, the anime cut-scenes are actually good!