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The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass (DS)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the gameplay and story. The controls and graphics are also appreciated. There are some mixed views about the multi player mode. Some have doubts about the value for money.

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value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Nintendo DS Games the The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass (DS) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS)


It's kind of shocking when you think about it, but despite the Nintendo DS's nearly three-year lifespan, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass is the first Zelda game to hit the system. The good news is that it was worth the wait. Phantom Hourglass is...

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Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass


Think of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass as Wind Waker: Episode 2 for your DS, right down to the sailing through cell-shaded prettiness. Don't be hasty and write off Phantom Hourglass because...

Good depth for a handheld ; Stylus with items offers variety

Stylus control can be frustrating ; Repetitive temple

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The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass (DS) Review


Does this add even more enjoyment to your Nintendo DS? Is it well worth the price of admission? Read on to find out!

It is nice to finally have a “Zelda” game on my DS. The game isn't the best thing ever; however, it is very enjoyable in its own right. This is a must buy for any fan of adventure games, Zelda, or the DS in general. Graphics9.0The graphics aren't the...


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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass


Is the hourglass half empty or half full?

Bold and enjoyable new control schemes ; Many traditional Zelda items reinvented ; Great graphics ; Fun boss battles

Disappointing jot-this-down-for-later puzzles ; Short dungeons ; Weak soundtrack ; Touch screen menus and buttons sometimes inconvenient


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The Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass Nintendo DS Review


Excellent touchscreen controls; clever use of the many DS functions

Damaging linearity; complete lack of challenge; sailing

I don't envy the task Nintendo has when it comes to pleasing the fans of their most storied games. In a way, it's a fruitless task because it's impossible to be able to meet the needs of every fanboy who has these idealized representations of these...

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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Review


OK, I gave Twilight Princess a chance. I didn't like the control scheme much, sure, but the game was still pretty fun. I figured that some of the fans upset with Nintendo for forcing in motion controls would be enough to convince them that using a...

Overall, Phantom Hourglass is a pretty good game. While the controls do prove to be an issue, it succeeds in other areas, and does so with flair. The graphics are some of the best I've seen on the DS to date, some of the stylus specific stuff is nice...

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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass


When the Nintendo DS first appeared on the market, many developers attempted to capitalize on the system's touch screen capabilities by creating games that for the most part felt gimmicky. Nintendo was as guilty of this as anyone. For every Nintendogs...


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A great game and more to the point, a true Zelda sequel.

Easy to control; spot-on style; beautiful 3D on the DS; fun multiplayer

Stylus control imprecision; no other control choices; short

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Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass review


Nintendo makes amazing video games, but there isn't a franchise they handle more carefully than Legend of Zelda. Sure, Capcom made some great titles like Oracle of Ages/Seasons, Minish Cap, and Link to the Past: Four Swords, but none of those games...

I would recommend Phantom Hourglass to most DS owners. Fans of the series will want to check it out, though I have to send up a red flag about the lack of difficulty. First-time Zelda players or casual gamers will find it to be the most accessible one...

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The best DS game i played ever.


A must buy game!

If i start telling the pros they'll never finish

It sometimes gets really hard to find are way

Product Specifications

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.


Elements:Action - adventure
ESRB Rating:Everyone (6+)
Max Number of Players:2
PEGI Content Descriptors:PEGI Online / Violence
PEGI Rating:7+
PEGI Rating Exception:Portugal 6+
USK Rating:Freigegeben ab 6 Jahren gem


Compatibility:Game console
Model:Phantom Hourglass
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:The Legend of Zelda


Package Type:Retail


Game Console Compatibility:Nintendo DS
License Category:Shrinkwrap
License Pricing:Standard
License Qty:1 user
License Type:Complete package
Subcategory:Games - action