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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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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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Overall 8
8.0

The Dark Spire

Gamer vision
6 May 2009
  • Excerpt: The Nintendo DS has no shortage of role-playing games. Traditional, action-oriented, and strategy-based RPGs can be found in droves, with both original games and remakes being published frequently for the handheld. With the overabundance of role-playing games on the DS, it is getting harder and harder for a game in the genre to stand out. However, Atlus was able to do just that with The Dark Spire .
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