Prey the Stars
A great game
Prey the Stars is one of the most unique games I've found for the DS, and is very hard to stick into a category. First off I will say that the rating is accurate in that this title is family-friendly. The basic premise is that you're a monster (dog-looking thing) on a planet that looks like earth and you need to grow bigger by eating things. Later on there's some stuff about spirits thrown in but its all very cartoony and not really important. What is important is that you're hungry. For stuff. Any stuff really. Gyms, parks, houses, eggs, string beans, cars, flour, fish, ferris wheels,tables, anchovies, trees, airplanes, shirts, ANYTHING! You progress through a series of timed stages, each one being of a theme and having it's own power ups and disadvantages. Like different shaped boards floating in the sky with stuff stuck to them, you can fall off if you're not careful. Also the attacks and power ups your opponents use can kill you but you rematerialize in a few moments. Each board is filled with items of various elements, you eat them, gain power-ups, screw over your opponents, and repeat. I would call it an action-party game-strategy. Stringing together certain elemental items lends you different attacks, and you can unlock costumes for your little dog-monster that increase his abilities. If I missed anything its because this title has a lot going for it. Before you know it you'll be biting like a pro (Biting something is a timed rhythm-like exercise). It's VERY addictive, and the two player only makes it that much more fun. ^_^ People are going to try to compare this to Katamari Damacy for obvious reasons but this is much more action oriented and really just not that similar. It is GOOD though. Very good. I give it a four out of five only for the fact that the computer players can be a bit cheap at times, and that missions make you replay a stage a few times before you can move on, making things a bit repetitive. Those are my only complaints. Highly recomended!