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Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass


Nintendo DS


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"Perfect intro to Zelda exp!"
5 stars"

I have bought a played 100's of games – on the DS, the Wii, the 360, the PS3 and the PS2 (yes – why be a fanboy of just one unit when you can just own them all…) and this is the first game that I have enjoyed so much to write a review for.

This is the first Zelda game I have played and I tell you it is a heck of a lot of fun. The puzzles feel just right – not too easy and not too difficult. I hate games where they make the puzzles too obscure so this fine balance has made this game most enjoyable – especially when stuck on a certain level and almost tempted to check online for a solution.

Every solution has been logical thus far.

You could say it is a tad bit too easy but I have never been bored with the storyline and dungeon quests. This is coming from a guy who finds Final Fantasy a bit slow and tedious.

Yes – the travel by boat from island to island can seem pointless – but there are fun excursions along the way – and as the game progresses there is a method of auto-travelling to certain parts of the map.

I highly recommend giving this game a go. Any lover of the Zelda series will most likely already own this. If this is your first experience with a Zelda game I'm sure you will become hooked – as I have just become hooked.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
"Absolutely awesome!"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

The Zelda franchise was my introduction to Nintendo and I've been a fan ever since. The Phantom Hourglass WILL NOT DISAPPOINT true Zelda fans!

There are the tried and true accessories like the boomerang and bombs to get you out of tricky situations, and the graphics are fantastic (as always!). Being able to use the stylus to write notes on the various maps during gameplay is an added, and helpful bonus, although the journey from island to island by boat is a bit tedious (although as you progress through the game you get to collect boat parts to increase the boat's power, so not all is lost).

I've only got about a quarter of the way through the game, so the dungeon masters I've come across to date have not been too testing.

Advice: Keep an eye out for the Phantoms on your top screen – they show no mercy if they catch you out!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Awesome !"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Fast delivery and is such an awesome game !


The epic story of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker continues as Link finds himself lost and alone in unknown seas in a new adventure. Featuring intuitive touch-screen controls and innovative puzzles, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass offers new challenges for fans of the series and an easy-to-grasp introduction for gamers new to The Legend of Zelda. But time grows short, and only the Phantom Hourglass can buy Link the minutes he’ll need to survive.

, Many months have passed since the events of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Link, Tetra and Tetra’s band of pirates have set sail in search of new lands. They come across a patch of ocean covered in a dense fog, in which they discover an abandoned ship. Tetra falls into danger when she explores the ship alone, and Link falls into the ocean when he attempts to rescue her. When he washes up unconscious on the shores of a mysterious island, he is awakened by the sound of a fairy’s voice. With the aid of this fairy, he sets off to find Tetra - and his way back to the seas he once knew.

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is controlled almost entirely by the stylus. Using the touch screen, players direct Link’s movements and attacks: A sweeping motion triggers Link’s spin attack and tapping characters makes Link speak with them. The stylus controls offer a more intuitive means of playing the game and open up new possibilities for puzzle solving.

The game action takes place primarily on the touch screen, with a map on the top screen. However, the player can inspect the map on the touch screen and make notes using the stylus. The notes on these maps are saved for review on the top screen during game play. Players use the map to chart courses for their ships, too. Using the stylus to draw a path through the islands, players set their ships’ courses. Then, as the ships automatically follow the paths drawn, players can control their ships’ cannons to target oncoming enemies.

In dungeons, players can use the touch screen to draw paths for boomerangs, sending them flying around corners or into otherwise unreachable areas.

The stylus-driven game play is the most compelling new feature of The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Players use the stylus to control Link, chart courses for their ships, mark notes on maps and solve puzzles in both the overworld and dungeons. A two-player wireless battle mode pits one player, as Link, against another player who controls the enemies pursuing him. Link must collect enough Force Gems before the enemies close in.

  • The stylus makes controlling Link easier than ever. Tap on the screen to make Link move, or sweep the stylus around him to swing the sword. Players can even draw a path for his boomerang and send it flying into hard-to-reach targets.
  • Players can stash the map on the top screen for quick reference or drop it to the touch screen to make notes, study enemies, or chart a path for their boat to follow while they man the cannons.
  • Compete with a friend over a local wireless connection: Guide Link through special dungeons to capture the Triforce, or command the forces that oppose him.
Release date NZ
October 11th, 2007
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
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