The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
Okay game, but terrible story.
This game made me sad. This sequel to Wind Waker has a bad storyline, and the fact that there is no Ganon makes me mad. All you are doing is trying to find your pirate friend Tetra who was taken by the Ghost Ship. I didn't like the captain character because he was negative and disappointing. But the graphics are really good for the DS, and the sound is great. There is no magic, not a lot of items, and islands are not very big to explore. But this is just my opinion. I have experienced most of the Zelda games that were created, and this game is zero compared to most of them. So if you are a Zelda fan, you might be disapointed in this game. But if you have never played another Zelda game, this game won't be that bad.
It's Wind Waker's Sequel
I am a hardcore Zelda fan and have almost every game, but this has to be my 2nd favorite Zelda game, why? Well because Wind Waker is my #1 Favorite game of ALL time, not just favorite Zelda game, but favorite game IN ALL OF THE GAMES I'VE PLAYED!!!! WInd Waker is the first video game I ever got and still love it to this day, anyways this is about Phantom Hourglass, it's amazing, if you love Wind Waker or Zelda, it's a great game, very fun, just wish they had a shield upgrade like the mirror shield or something :/
Good, but Not the Best
I saw a lot of flaws in Phantom Hourglass that were improved in Spirit Tracks, but I still think that the game could have been better while it was still new. My main problem with the game is its central dungeon. The concept of the hourglass was new and unused, but it turned out badly. Exploring the dungeon quickly became tiresome especially when you were forced to start from the beggining every time. It was a releif when I discovered the midway point that allowed me to return to the dungeon later with the remaining amount of time in the hourglass. It was a perfect oppurtunity to stalk up on potions, bombs, arrows, and other helpful items. My other problem with the game is the layout of the map. Once again, the world is a series of island that are spread out and not easy to reach. I was pleased that I only had to draw my path and the steamboat would go where I told it to. This was a reoccuring problem in Wind Waker, where the wind dominated your direction. I would constantly have to stop and use the Wind's Requiem to change the direction of the wind. This was solved in Phantom Hourglass with steampower. The environments in PH are not very intriguing. They resemble those in Wind Waker, but a smaller version, less pleasing to the eye. The story is where I find most pleasure in playing the game, with a unforgettable cast of charecters. Linebeck was so great, the gave him a minor role in Spirit Tracks (technically, it's Linebeck's great-grandson, but who's keeping up). Link's great adventure in the realm of the Ocean King will not be forgotten.
A great Zelda game for the Nintendo DS
Phantom Hourglass is not only another great game in the Legend of Zelda franchise, but also a game that takes full advantage of the capabilities that the Nintendo DS can offer. The all-touch screen controls are a little clunky, but respond really well. The graphics may seem choppy, but are also very rich in color. The music and sound effects are very good and memorable. The different characters you meet in this game are also memorable and, at times, important as they can help you advance through the game or achieve certain side quests, thus obtaining different items and power ups. The lasting appeal is pretty high for me, with the game being fun and challenging no matter how many times I play through it. My only gripe with this game is the multiplayer battle mode. It may seem fun at first, but it can get a little boring at times. Despite that, this is a good game and I would recommend it to fans of previous Zelda titles and to Nintendo DS/3DS owners.
Amazingly Epic, but Not Perfect.
I played Spirit Tracks before this, so it may effect my review. It's a nice and challenging game, but it is way too short. I beat it in 2 days and did not play for very long. Many people complain about the timed Temple of the Ocean King, that you must constantly re-visit, but ever since I played Majora's Mask, I learned to memorize each room in a dungeon, and therefore I work well with time constraints. The temple itself was only mildly challenging for me, not hard at all. The graphics are beautiful and are amazingly fit for the DS. The storyline is great, just like in all Zelda games, though the ending is a bit disappointing, its still clever. The controls feel like a step down from Spirit Tracks, but PH was made first so that's a given. Interface is easy to use. The sound is amazing, also just like every Zelda game. I enjoyed Spirit Tracks more, but if you're as hardcore as a Zelda fan as I am, you have to play them all! And if you're a casual gamer looking for a good title, this is perfect for you.
Addicting, with fun online play
The enhanced drawing/stylus controls make this game even more fun then previous legend of of zelda games, and the story is, and length( for all unlockables) are basically like any other legend of of zelda game. This is the sequal to Wind waker, so if you enjoyed that game, this one is a must. When i was about to get this game i was doubtful because of how childish it looked. However, it turned out to be a great game. The game's " head quarters" is your ship; yo ho ho.later in the game you get a crane that can be used to get treasure from the sea, ranging from ship parts, to rupees, to treasure that can be sold for rupees. and the extremely expensive and rare golden ship parts set a goal for the people who like to unlock everything. The online play give you another player match making online, and lets you and your rival choose one of 8 maps to play link vs phantoms in. but i recomend playing the story mode through at least once before playing online,. It will make ALOT more sense then.
Worst Zelda game ever
I love Zelda and I picked this up due to, at the time, it being in the best sellers category and recommended by a GS employee. However... Challenge - This game lacked challenge. Puzzles were far too easy... barely worth being called puzzles. Graphics - Being a 3-D Zelda on the DS, this looks amazing. Of course, looks aren't everything. Length - I could have beat the game in a month, easy. Probably a week or so of game time, if you have lots of time to play. I kept getting bored of it and setting it down to play other games. Storyline - Was alright. Again, not great. Controls - Mixed feelings on this. The game is entirely done with the stylus (items can be optionally used with buttons), which is ok, but I'd have liked a d-pad movement option. Interface - Easy to search menus, maps, etc. No complaints on the interface. Sound - It's Zelda... sounds and music were excellent. Replay value... none, other than a little multiplayer feature, which isn't too exciting. I don't recommend this Zelda title.
A good sequel to Wind Waker.
This game is a very good game. It has some hard parts and easy parts. I have to say, I am a huge Zelda gamer. The game is really fun, always challenging you to think out side the DS. The game has some good puzzles. But they are not as hard as previous installments. (OoT, MM, etc.) The fighting is pretty good. There is alot to do, collecting boat pieces, treasures, maps, ruppees, etc. The game also is not that dark. FOR THE PARENTS: The game's fighting isn't bad. Very cartoonish. But there is animated blood. Also, there is only one cut scene near the end of the game were an old man is crushed by a giant piece of wood, and in the same scene, Bellum (The Phantom you want dead) gets a sword stabbed into one of his arms. Also, compared to other Zelda titles, there is little to no talk about Spirits/false gods. But they talk about spirits alittle. Over all, the game is really fun. But after you complete the game, the fighting gets boring because you become to good at it. I would suggest this to all Zelda gamers.
A good Zelda game
After picking this up and played through it, I was left behind with a good impression, and did not regret buying it. I have played almost all Zelda game there is, and this is a good Zelda game, but not a great one.
I do not say that you should not buy it, by all means, buy it! If you like the Zelda adventure style, this is a must buy for you.
The game has a great character line up, with lots of fun scenes. The puzzles are not that difficult, bringing you a few real brainteasers.
There are as usual a lot of things to do for the hardcore gamer who wants to collect everything, and also a good pick up and go game for the more casual one.
The graphics are OK, and suits the DS perfectly. A side note is that you should use headphones, since the DS speakers will not bring out the full potential of the great Zelda soundtrack.
All in all another great game from Nintendo, and a definitively a must have for all DS owners
A good sequel to WW
The game is really fun. Especially during the story. They make you (the gamer) think you have finnally passed a dungeon, but then the Boss comes back bigger and badder! The game is a little puzzling at some parts, (thats okay) but its not as hard as other zelda games. The gameplay is really epic! (but not SS's) The game really isn't that dark. But its a good sequel to WW. It has alot to do, collecting every item, fishing every fish, collecting every treasure, getting every ship part, etc. I loved playing this_game! FOR PARENTS: The game is really kid friendly. Compared to other Zelda games, it isn't so much into the goddessess. Instead, its for spirits. (they bring them up a couple times) The violence is light. And they're is miminal animated blood. Theres one cutscene where an old man is killed by being crushed, although, you only see the wooden pole falling. SUMMERY: A good game. Not as dark as other Zelda games. But really fun! Great for kids.