Inkheart Review
Inkheart box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: The Adventure Company 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Dreamcatcher 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Jan. 20, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Conversations are drawn out and do little more than confuse the issue. As the character Meggie, you'll find yourself trying to overhear snippets of dialogue. You'll be confronted by voluminous amounts of text to read. You'll likely be confounded trying to separate elements of the plot, back history, and clues to upcoming puzzles.

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Eventually, you'll get pretty good at ignoring these conversations and just muddling your way through the game. Only another couple of hours and it's all over. And keep in mind, it just doesn't get any better than this.

A few mini-games are presented in an attempt to distract players from the hell of their virtual existence, namely the boring, repetitive gameplay. These mini-games don't fit contextually or even visually. They are presented in an isometric perspective that is drastically different from the main gameplay's graphic style. These mini-games include juggling, stealth, and sledding. I was actually hoping for a bowling mini-game, as that would have been a refreshing treat. That should tell you how bad things are.


Characters have only a few recorded words, and as you can guess, they are repeated endlessly. The background music is actually good. It's well composed, well recorded, suits the mood, and changes often. The sound effects are decent at best - suitable and appropriate but nothing imaginative.

There will be little debate that Inkheart makes a better novel and a movie than it does a game. Don't let it break your heart.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

Awful character models and animation. Washed out backgrounds.
Simple control system - too simple. You'll just point-and-click.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Music is great, but sound effects and voices are repeated too often.

Play Value
Boring and repetitive gameplay. No replay value.

Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Based on the feature film adaptation of the best-selling Cornelia Funke novel.
  • Now, for the first time on your Nintendo DS, embark on a compelling and exciting action adventure.
  • Solve tricky puzzles and challenge difficult tasks. Take on the roles of Meggie, Mo, Dustfinger or Farid and the ink itself will come to life.
  • Immersed in a breathtaking backdrop with lovingly designed details.
  • High-quality, beautiful graphics on your Nintendo DS.

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