After being successful on the Nintendo Wii, Konami made a new Elebits game for the Nintendo DS. It’s actually a sequel. After hearing this, I feel bad playing the sequel before the original. Oh well, it has to be this way since I haven’t got time to find myself a copy of this game on my Nintendo Wii. But alongside with Magical Starsign (which I wrote also a first impression article about, on my personal blog. Link is here: Magical Starsign (DS) ~ A RPG I like) are my current DS games I’m playing. Since I got a bit tired of grinding in Pokémon Black. But let’s leave that to the side and let’s concentrate on this game. In my first impressions series on my blog I’m writing my thoughts of a game I’m playing at the moment but I haven’t finished yet. Mostly these kind of articles lead up to a review when I’m done with this game. But please keep in mind that I haven’t finished this game, so spoilers… Please -BLEEP- off. Thanks a lot. It’s highly possible that I played a game till mid-way before I write an article about this or that I played the first world. In this case, I actually played only the first world and the start of the 2nd world. And I’m excited to tell you all about it. Oh, and to the people reading this, even when you haven’t played this game, let me know in a comment what you think about this game or my article.
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After a nicely drawn intro, you get to the title screen. Which is the quickest I have seen before it repeats the introduction. But this game is pretty unique. I haven’t played a game like this before. It really blew me away when I started playing it.
The cute graphics really pulled me in. the game looks amazing and colorful. It’s truly inviting. An extremely nice feature that I like in my adventure games is that there is a map on the top screen. It helps me out quite a lot. If I’m stuck I can look to the map to plan out me route or look if there is another route I can take.
Also, I managed to find an easter egg in the first area. The flood gates are shaped like a Nintendo DS cartrigde while is pretty neat in my eyes. Nicely done Konami. A pat on the back!
I didn’t expect this from Konami at all. Since before I played this game, I played the amazing Castlevania games on the Nintendo DS. Which I will talk about on a later date. But this cute-sie game really is something different. And they pulled it off quite well. Yet the story is generic and done before from what I know about it now. It’s basically a kid going on an adventure to get attention from parents that ignore him. But then he finds a time machine bus. Okay, that bus part might not have been done before. Unless you change it into a phone boot…?
You will read a lot on my blog how thankful I’m when a game has separate save slots. This is extremely handy when you have more then one person playing on this game or when you want to discover different routes. But sadly enough, this game is linear for the most part. But I give you the good advice to check around in the area as much as you can. You might discover a secret or two.
Bad game. Bad.
There are several things I don’t like about this game. First of all, the saving is extremely bad. There is only one spot where you can save. If you don’t count the “temp save”. This is such an annoying issue since sometimes I just stop playing and start playing another game and then start shouting in anger that I forgot to save.
Another thing I don’t like is that the game is easy. Really easy. Expect the final bosses of each area. Those provide a challenge. I admit I died two or three times when trying to defeat the first boss. But for the rest, this game is easy once you get the basics.
Also, this game has an annoying part with the controls. I wish they were better then what we got. It’s too much based on the touch screen. Since you have to touch Elebits and then your Omega to capture them, you almost wish you had an action button. But then I found out that this game has options to control. Sadly enough, no action button in sight.
The sounds is something were I can’t be happy about in nearly every game I review. But this game gets it done. The sound design is pretty well done and really gets you in the right mood and believing that the game can be real. The music is okay. I have heard better on the Nintendo DS, but some tunes managed to get stuck in my head, which is a sign of good music.
What else to say?
As I am nearing the end of my first impression article, I actually started to play a game a bit more to check if I didn’t forget to talk about something. And yes, I did.
The game gets some points back in the control area to have the option to not use the shoulder buttons of my DS so much. Thanks to several other games, my shoulder buttons are broken. Which makes me sad face.
Something that this game doesn’t have is some polish. Some area’s of the game feel lacking of decoration. The level design is too easy like I said before but apart from some trees and water, the area misses flowers and objects to make the area look alive.
Also, you seem able to download new Omega’s. If that’s new content or just more creatures to finish your adventures I can’t tell since my WiFi’s protection can’t be read by the DS Lite. Insert a picture of a sad kitten here.
But I’m excited to finish this game. The story hasn’t really started yet and I got to know the basics of the game. The story seems really interesting to get into and seems more then just about a child that wants attention. Wow, that might have came out wrong.
But one thing is for sure, I’m hooked to this game. The length seems decent from what I can tell. The game progresses at the decent pace and it doesn’t get boring. But enough rambling. Jonezy, you need to get back to creating content and finishing this game so you can give it a proper review. Thanks for reading and hopefully I can welcome you on my blog for the Magical Starsign first impression article.