Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Games Played 07/21/2009


Dual Hearts (2002)
Developer: Matrix Software
Platform: PlayStation 2
Purchase Date: 10/11/2002

If you've met the sheep, you would know how extremely annoying he is.

This spiritual sequel to the PlayStation's Alundra may be light-hearted and goofy compared to its somber origin, but it's still one of the better Zelda clones out there. You play as the treasure hunter Rumble who teams up with a "Baku" named Tumble- a pig-thing dream creature of cuteness extraordinaire - on a quest to obtain the legendary Dream Stone. Just like Alundra, the game's dungeons take place in people's dreams (or nightmares depending on how to view them). The game doesn't deviate much from the proven dungeon crawling formula of any Zelda games but it does try to bring several fresh elements into the gameplay: Rumble can dual wield his weapons - take that, Link! - and these weapons can be leveled up to make them more powerful. Rumble can also team up with Tumble to perform many different maneuvers for combat and navigating through the environments. The game is quite humorous with a lot of really offbeat characters and situations and all of its silliness may not translate well to everyone. The graphics are a bit of a mixed bag - some of the dungeons look incredibly dull, complete with some really crazy color schemes that can easily hurt the eyes after a long play session. The game is a bit straight forward but there is a night and day cycle that you have to be aware of since it affects the schedule of the other characters in the game.


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