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The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
20 February 2014
Conclusion: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks patches up problems fans have not only with Phantom Hourglass, but with the series as of late. The puzzles are thought-provoking, and it's nice to see Princess Zelda lift herself off her royal duff for once to help Link with her rescue. Players can forge ahead and complete the game as quickly as possible, or they can meander, explore, and engage in dozens of side quests.
Daring adventure with inventive puzzles, trains, heroism.
Common Sense Media
31 March 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that The Legend of Zelda: Spirits Tracks is an adventure game with a great heroic story and challenging puzzles. It is the 15th installment in the beloved Zelda series of games, but you don't need to have played any of the earlier ones to enjoy this one. The game has some fantasy violence involving the use of a sword, a whip, bombs, a whirlwind, and a boomerang, but most creatures when hit, simply blink out of existence.
Excerpt: When was the last time you could sit down with a game, play for an hour, and feel content with your achievements enough to come back later and play for another hour? This may be true of titles designed for short bursts of playtime, but the gaming community has been starved for a truly authentic casual adventure game that is fun to play and easy to pick up. Luckily, Nintendo has satisfied that hunger with the release of The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks for the DS.
Conclusion: All in all, The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is a great package and also one of the best portable games available this holiday season. It's not quite as lengthy or extensive as a Zelda game for the Wii, but it certainly includes all those elements Zelda fans are looking for: lots of dungeon crawling, puzzles, good storyline, charming visuals, etc. Best of all, you can take it with you on your next trip and even play it with a friend.
Excerpt: Spirit Tracks may be one of the least ‘hyped’ Zelda games in the series, but like another under-the-radar Zelda game, Minish Cap, Spirit Tracks happens to be a truly unique side story. This is the third game in Zelda universe established by Wind Waker, and Spirit Tracks radically redefines the word of Hyrule much the same way its progenitor did.
Excerpt: When a new Zelda is released, it’s not simply an event. It’s a chance to savor the artful nature of one of the best game series ever made. The adventure begins with Link at the helm of an old steam-engine train. Passing through green countryside, you see Zelda is with him, sitting happily on the roof of the passenger car.
Conclusion: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks is everything its predecessor was and more. The game features a slightly darker story, increased challenge, and a bunch of nuances we’ll get used to all while keeping that same tried-and-true Zelda formula. It’s cliché to say that the game is a must-play, especially considering the fact that it’s a Zelda game.
Excerpt: Of the two most recent Legend of Zelda titles, my favorite is not Twilight Princess on the Wii, but Phantom Hourglass on the DS. Despite its more compact adventure and less realistic Wind Waker -like visuals, I found its gameplay—buoyed by excellent stylus controls—as well as its story, puzzles, and dungeons more engrossing than its console cousin's.