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The Dark Spire

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Overall 5
5.0
Graphics 6
6.0
Sound 5
5.0
Control 4
4.0
Addiction 4
4.0

The Dark Spire Review

Cheat Code Central
9 March 2010

Have fun storming the castle

GameCritics.com
1 August 2009
  • Conclusion: I don't want a game that holds my hand through the experience, but a little explanation about how things work would have been nice...
  • Pros: Surviving an onslaught of six or so enemies without having any characters die.
  • Cons: Constantly having to create and level new characters because I couldn't afford to revive the ones who'd fallen in battle.
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Review: The Dark Spire (Nintendo DS)

Diehard GameFAN
28 June 2009
  • Summary: : In every way imaginable, The Dark Spire achieves the hardcore, traditionally true RPG experience it sets out to emulate. No detail has been left out to make sure your trek through the mysterious tower is as nostalgically and traditionally genuine as possible. The dynamic art style and powerful soundtrack demand attention as they present the dark and foreboding atmosphere of the unsettling dungeons to an amazing degree.
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Overall 8
7.5
Gameplay 8
8.0
Graphics 8
8.0
Sound 9
9.0
Control 6
6.0
Addiction 6
6.0

The Dark Spire

Nintendo World Report
12 June 2009
  • Summary: A deep and challenging retro RPG that's very unforgiving.
  • Pros: Choice between modern and retro graphics and music, Fantastic soundtrack, Nails the deep, old school gameplay mechanics perfectly
  • Cons: A lot of grinding is required, Poor interface, Sadistically hard
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Overall 7
7.0

The Dark Spire

Gamer Limit
9 June 2009
  • Conclusion: is a good old-school dungeon crawler, but its appeal is limited. Even hardcore RPG gamers might not like the game, despite how good it is.
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Overall 6
6.0

NDS Review - 'The Dark Spire'

WorthPlaying
8 June 2009
  • Summary: Atlus U.S.A.'s The Dark Spire is a classic, western-style first-person RPG full of exploration and character development. Parties will be assembled, stats will be rolled, items, weapons and armor shall be equipped, and monsters will be slain.
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Overall 9
9.0

The Dark Spire review (DS)

HonestGamers
23 May 2009
  • Excerpt: -style journey. It certainly pays homage to its legendary predecessor, but its wicked sense of humor and creepy atmosphere lend the adventure a personality all its own.
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Overall 7
7.3
Gameplay 7
7.0
Graphics 8
8.0
Sound 9
8.5
Storyline 5
5.0
Control 8
8.0

Expert Review

RPGFan
19 May 2009
  • Excerpt: So here's how I'm going to start this thing off, everyone: I died in my first battle of the game. I went into it fairly confident, as I had just created my level one team of adventurers and rolled their stats to my liking. There was my stout and trustworthy warrior, the fleet-footed thief, the benevolent healer, and the mage with a whopping four hit points. It seemed to be a pretty well-rounded group.
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Overall 6
6.0

The Dark Spire

GamesRadar
18 May 2009
  • Pros: Amazing soundtrack and accompanying CD, Two modes of play, The retro charm (if that's your kinda thing)
  • Cons: Insane difficulty, Clunky interface, No stylus support
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The Dark Spire

playmagazine
8 May 2009
  • Conclusion: But what a bleak world it is. The graphics walk a fine line between total crap and inspired works of art painted on a limited canvas. This is the first time I’ve ever wanted my DS screens to be bigger: there’s something incredibly appealing about the simple hand-drawn imagery and the bold, almost monochromatic color palette. And, as a nod to the old-school Western dungeon crawls on which The Dark Spire is based, there is even a "Classic Mode" for the masochistic gamer.
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