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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

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The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass

Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
  • Excerpt: Set directly following the events of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker for the Nintendo Gamecube, The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass is the latest installment in the long Zelda franchise and the first for the Nintendo DS. As with most Zelda titles, the game is enjoyable from start to finish but there are a few nagging problems that make this game not as memorable as previous installments.
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Overall 8
8.0

The Legend Of Zelda : Phantom Hourglass

Square-Go
29 April 2008
  • Excerpt: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was arguably the pinnacle of Zelda excellence. By offering the best of everything, Twilight Princess managed to nail an already near perfect formula. So it’s not surprising Phantom Hourglass chose to innovate. The game adopts a semi-2D-quasi- 3D look, using a top-down view for most of the game, but switching into full 3D when entering some buildings and during sailing.
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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Digital Chumps
23 March 2008
  • Conclusion: While Phantom Hourglass isn’t quite the best Zelda has to offer, it’s the closest thing to a refreshing approach to the handheld branch of the series that we’ve seen in recent years. While it’s true it was definitely developed with more casual gamers in mind, Nintendo fans still shouldn’t miss this one.
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8.2
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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Digital Chumps
23 March 2008
  • Conclusion: While Phantom Hourglass isn’t quite the best Zelda has to offer, it’s the closest thing to a refreshing approach to the handheld branch of the series that we’ve seen in recent years. While it’s true it was definitely developed with more casual gamers in mind, Nintendo fans still shouldn’t miss this one.
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Overall 8
8.0

The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass

UncleGamer Radio
12 December 2007
  • Excerpt: I just want to get that out of the way from the beginning of the review.  I hate games where the stylus takes the control focus. I especially hate games where the stylus is your only option for control.  I prefer traditional control schemes because they work so well.  After two decades of home gaming, they’ve simply become natural and comfortable for me.  Being forced into a stylus control scheme makes for an unhappy Skittles.
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Overall 8
8.0

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass review (DS)

HonestGamers
15 November 2007
  • Excerpt: At its best, Phantom Hourglass is pure fun. The innovative touch controls provide a fresh take on the standard Zelda fare, and that alone was enough to revitalise my dwindling interest in the series.
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Addiction 7
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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Nintendo World Report
12 November 2007
  • Summary: Is the hourglass half empty or half full?
  • Pros: Bold and enjoyable new control schemes, Fun boss battles, Great graphics, Many traditional Zelda items reinvented
  • Cons: Disappointing jot-this-down-for-later puzzles, Short dungeons, Touch screen menus and buttons sometimes inconvenient, Weak soundtrack
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Overall 8
7.5

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

GAMESQUAD
31 October 2007
  • Conclusion: Yes, there are frustrating aspects in both the structure of the game itself and how the controls are implemented, and it drags down an otherwise excellent game. But if you can get past those issues, and you should be able to, you will find a fully realized Zelda adventure. The game will wrap you up in its charming presentation, its unique and compelling control scheme, and a seafaring world on par with or of even greater breadth than Wind Waker.
  • Pros: Great visual design; innovative and varied touch control; classic Zelda world with lots to do.
  • Cons: Your hand is always in the way!; some unfair puzzles; touch controls need more work.
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Addiction 6
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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Nintendo World Report
5 October 2007
  • Summary: It's like Wind Waker without all the stuff that made Wind Waker so awesome.
  • Pros: It looks great, with fully 3D characters and environments, The opening sequence made me misty-eyed with happiness, The touch screen controls aren't all bad; they just take some getting used to
  • Cons: The connection to Wind Waker is incredibly weak, The Temple of the Ocean King, Touch screen controls will feel awkward to Zelda veterans
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Overall 8
8.0

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

gamervision.com
4 October 2007
  • Excerpt: Name: The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass Genre: Adventure Platform: Nintendo DS There has always been a gap between the console and handheld iterations of The Legend of Zelda franchise. While games like Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess focus on combat and exploration, their partners Link’s Awakening and The Minish Cap are more about dungeon delving and puzzle solving. No matter what platform Zelda has been on one fact remained: it has felt like a Zelda game.
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