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Average User Score: 8.4Jun 5, 2018Be wary, this is a game for hardcore RPG gamers only. The user interface is absolutely one of the least intuitive interfaces I have everBe wary, this is a game for hardcore RPG gamers only. The user interface is absolutely one of the least intuitive interfaces I have ever interacted with and it will definitely drive most folks away before they even start the first quest. If you're the kind of person that likes to go to bed reading D&D manuals, then you might do okay with it. Anyone else is going to feel their eyeballs fall out at the wall of text presented to them. Unfortunately, the gameplay itself is just as repetitive and, while fairly entertaining, you basically end up repeating the same 4 steps over and over again.
The game is also incredibly punishing. While not a problem in and of itself as challenge is a good thing that most games lack, you will find yourself restarting a lot in the early game, especially as you're getting used to the flow of the game. If you're not a fan of that, you'll also want to avoid this game.
Finally, also be aware that this game pulls the "Ooops, the enemy barely survived with 1 health" thing A LOT. If you're like me and find this an incredibly annoying trick to add "challenge" to fights, then you'll also want to avoid this. It is likely to happen at least once in every fight.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3May 30, 2018This is just silly. It's a slightly entertaining "game" to watch, but that's all that you do. The game plays itself, there's auto-set,This is just silly. It's a slightly entertaining "game" to watch, but that's all that you do. The game plays itself, there's auto-set, auto-select and auto-battle buttons. The only two effects the player really has on the game are choosing what order you want to go on the quests in the game (just the order, not actually doing anything on them), and choosing whether or not to pay money to make the game go faster.
Since it's a free download, you might as well check it out, but I don't know why anyone would ever spend money on this. There's literally nothing to do here.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3May 7, 2018A fine enough game, but pick it up on sale. It's too limited in scope to be worth the full $20, but if you have some friends to play localA fine enough game, but pick it up on sale. It's too limited in scope to be worth the full $20, but if you have some friends to play local co-op with, you'll get $10 of fun out of it. It's also very difficult to play in handheld mode, so if you're the kind of person, like me, that mostly uses the Switch as a portable, this game won't be very good for you.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Mar 15, 2018This is Minecraft with a little bit of direction. There really isn't much to make this a Dragon Quest game besides the style. There's a littleThis is Minecraft with a little bit of direction. There really isn't much to make this a Dragon Quest game besides the style. There's a little bit of direction because the other characters give you quests, but you can do them or ignore them, it really doesn't matter too much. Unfortunately, unlike Minecraft, you lack the ability to look straight up or straight down or go into first person mode, so it's Minecraft that is distinctly harder to navigate and control. Overall a fine game, but there's nothing new here and no reason to call it Dragon Quest.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Feb 12, 2018This is a fun little zelda puzzler that worth checking out if you're into top-down adventure games. It's funny, has a good art style, niceThis is a fun little zelda puzzler that worth checking out if you're into top-down adventure games. It's funny, has a good art style, nice music and pleasant little puzzles. Unfortunately, there really isn't all that much going on in the game beyond that and by the end I was mostly just rushing through the game to finish it, and I doubt I'll even do that. The excitement just kinda drops off once you've found all of the items and you start seeing the same puzzles repeated with only slight variation. In the end, this game is not really worth the $30 asking price, but if you can grab it for $15 or less, you'll be okay.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Feb 12, 2018I'm a long time veteran of Monster Hunter, I've got 1000+ hours in the other hand-held titles (PSP and DS), and this game is pretty great.I'm a long time veteran of Monster Hunter, I've got 1000+ hours in the other hand-held titles (PSP and DS), and this game is pretty great. While I agree with other veterans that some of the more complex and hardcore elements have been sacrificed, the trade off is that I'm finally able to get friends to join me that tried Monster Hunter in the past and just couldn't get their heads around it. The graphics are great, the monster variety is interesting and fun and, as usual, hunting the same monster 15 times in a row is still exciting on the 15th time.
Overall, I'd say the game ranks pretty much with all of the other Monster Hunters at a solid 8, but it gets a bonus point for finally bringing in non-Hunter folks without completely destroying what makes it so unique and interesting.
If you're a veteran, you'll enjoy it a ton. If you're new to the series, it's definitely worth giving a shot, especially once it starts going on sale/you find copies used.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.5Feb 1, 2018If you're a fan of Monster Hunter, this is basically Monster Hunter on rails. Instead of learning monster attack patterns to more easilyIf you're a fan of Monster Hunter, this is basically Monster Hunter on rails. Instead of learning monster attack patterns to more easily harvest that monster for parts before moving on to the next, you learn level segments until you can move on to the next. It's not a bad game, but I didn't really feel any drive to keep going . I didn't find the story or the settings interesting enough to want to continue this game for very long and the meager level up bonuses just didn't feel exciting.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Jan 9, 2018This is a fantastic little tactical RPG. It's XCOM light, basically. Thoroughly enjoyable and a perfect game for the Switch because it's superThis is a fantastic little tactical RPG. It's XCOM light, basically. Thoroughly enjoyable and a perfect game for the Switch because it's super easy to pause the game and swap between the different play modes. At only $20, it's pretty much an auto-include in any Switch library. I played through the game completely on the 3DS when it came out and I rebought it for the Switch day one as well, and I am enjoying it all over a second time. Great music, great controls, great characters and even the story helps beef out the universe a little bit. I am eagerly anticipating Steamworld Heist 2.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Jan 9, 2018This was a surprisingly solid little game. It was pretty easy to grasp and readily enjoyable. The controls are pretty solid and the differentThis was a surprisingly solid little game. It was pretty easy to grasp and readily enjoyable. The controls are pretty solid and the different weapons are fun to use. I'd have rated it one higher, but the game has a problematic case of last-level-itis where the difficulty suddenly spikes at the end, and for some reason the creators decided to make one of the last areas a stealth level, which wasn't fun at all after playing 5ish hours of straight shooter. I'd recommend this if you can pick it up for under $5. It's fun for a time, but you may end up feeling cheated toward the end if you pay full price.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Dec 6, 2017I'll agree that this story isn't nearly as emotionally amazing as Unwound Future (which I hold was the best story out of the whole series ifI'll agree that this story isn't nearly as emotionally amazing as Unwound Future (which I hold was the best story out of the whole series if only for that ending that just stabs you right in the heart), but I think I was ready for something lighter. The Professor Layton games have always been great, but the scale just kept getting bigger to the point where it started to feel less special with each one. So I don't think a scaling back to simpler plots is really all that bad.
The cast is fantastic. Sure, no one will ever replace Layton and Luke, but Katrielle and her crew do a pretty great job of endearing you to them pretty quickly. They also did a fantastic job of instilling just the right hints of Layton's personality into Katrielle that make the transition all the easier and help to forge the father-daughter connection all the better.
Unfortunately, this game does end up faltering. The mysteries all wind up being solved via "dues ex machina" discoveries made by Katrielle, things that you could never predict from the other 5 clues that are gathered or any of the conversations or cut scenes previous to that moment, so you end up feeling cheated for even trying to think ahead.
Likewise, the puzzles are a big miss, and they are, of course, the main draw of the game. Nearly all of the puzzles either end up being Gotchas ("Oh, you didn't think about the fact that some people don't like apples!") or they end up being answered either with 0 or the smallest possible number. They were either barely a puzzle or impossible to solve without knowing the exact thought process of the puzzle writer.
In the end, the game still has a little charm, but the lackluster mysteries and puzzles end up growing stale. I'd actually recommend skipping this one unless you're a die-hard Layton fan, then you might get some minor enjoyment out of it.… Expand