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Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (DS)

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (DS)
alaScore 88

29 reviews

Dec, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 reviews of Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (DS). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Nintendo DS Games for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the action and controls. The graphics and gameplay are also appreciated.

story, gameplay, graphics, controls, action

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Nintendo DS Games the Golden Sun: Dark Dawn (DS) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Brandon "Mars Djinn" Cackowski-Schnell (

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Review


A new dawn that's not so new.

Combat is pretty easy, too much exposition, managing djinns can be cumbersome

Brandon Cackowski-Schnell is a regular contributor to GameShark and is the cohost of Jumping the Shark ,'s official podcast. He also writes for the blog The Nut and the Feisty Weasel .

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Jenni Lada (

Gamertell Review: Golden Sun: Dark Dawn for DS


It isn't every day that a beloved Nintendo series is resurrected, and that alone is reason enough to take notice of Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. But this follow up the to 2001 and 2003 GBA RPGs Golden Sun and Golden Sun: The Lost Age also happens to be a...

Great touch screen controls, easy to see and understand everything, over 80 djinn to collect, can switch classes with djinn equipped, lots of psynergy to use in the field to solve puzzles or move around, looks great, djinn summons look fantastic,...

Initial introduction is a bit long. normal battles aren’t terribly challenging and sometimes it’s hard to tell what kind of response you’ll get from using the main character’s emoticon responses

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Greg Schardein (

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn


The sun rises again on this classic RPG series.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is mostly what we were waiting for in a sequel to the classic original titles. With just about everything you can expect from the series brought over onto the DS, this game features the high production values and classic jRPG...

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Josh_Laddin (

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Review


Saving the world is the family business.

Still a solid formula; Good old puzzle-solving; Much fancier summons

Touch-screen control is pointless

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Shane Jury (

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn


Development team Camelot Software Planning have been seen as one of Nintendo's most significant partners for a number of console generations now. Most widely known for the Mario tie-ins of Mario Tennis and Mario Golf, the group also created many titles...

It was a long wait, but Golden Sun fans can breathe easy; Camelot have still got it. More of a tranquil sunset and one of the finest swansongs the DS could ever have asked for, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn provides gamers the full package; interesting...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Micky Gunn (

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn


Less Talk, More Action

No doubt about it, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth here. It may not be the most memorable or challenging RPG you’ll play, and is definitely not without its frustrations, but Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is a respectable package - with sufficient...

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Roger Hargreaves (

Games review – Golden Sun: Dark Dawn rises


The classic Game Boy Advance role-playing series finally gets an outing on the Nintendo DS. Fans will be pleased, but what does it offer for everyone else?

Excellent graphics that are amongst the DS's very best. Environmental puzzles can be clever and the use of djinn allows for a large amount of customisation

Intensely uninteresting plot and characters. Annoying random battles and combat that eventually gets monotonous despite the complex magic system

Series and genre fans are well provided for but it's a shame the technical achievements aren't in service of a more adventurous game.

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: The player (



This game was very fun and it I'd the time killer machine.

Aug, 2013

Consumer review by: Chris Schilling (

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn- NDS


With a lengthy central quest and plenty of side missions, there's enough Golden Sun here to illuminate many a long winter evening. It might not change the world, but those looking for something to fill their free time this Christmas might well find it...

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: (

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn- NDS


The fast-paced combat, character customization, and entertaining puzzles are all back, and that's welcome enough after a seven-year hiatus for the series.

Dec, 2010