Review: Magician's Quest Mysterious Times (Nintendo DS)
18 January 2010
Summary: Although Magician’s Quest Mysterious Times doesn’t do anything wrong, it doesn’t do anything right either. The vast majority of the game is a direct planarization of Animal Crossing and the little content added to the game to separate the two is neither very fun or well done. At best the game gives you a sense of deja vu mixed with amusement over the mash-up with a Harry Potter type setting.
Conclusion: If you really put in the time necessary, Magician’s Quest Mysterious Times can be pretty cool. However, it does nothing to hook you, and the poor implementation of the main gameplay aspects will probably turn most people off quickly. If you purchase this game, be ready to invest some time and patience into it.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a game meant to be played over a year's time with kids checking in to play a little bit each week. The gameplay is tied to the internal clock of the DS, with certain events activating once a day or once a week. Some of the characters talk about cheating in school, and gossiping is a theme in the game.
Excerpt: Once upon a time, Harry Potter was the 'tween franchise to beat, but this year's “Twilight”-driven vampire phenomenon seems to have given the wand-wavers a serious run for their money. In spite of that, there are still too many die-hard magic fans to count wizardry totally out and Konami's Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times aims to give them something magical to do while awaiting the release of the Half Blood Prince.