|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: 5th Cell||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: THQ||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Sept. 8, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
For example, everything about this game feels very polished; you can tell that a lot of work went into getting everything just right. The graphics are colorful and nice to look at, and the animation, in particular, is really impressive. What's really cool is that levels get very hectic towards the end of the game, with dozens of enemies on the field at once encountering walls, turrets, and traps. Just being able to keep track of everything is quite an accomplishment, but the game suffers no slowdown at all throughout these action-packed sequences.
That sense of polish also extends to the music of the game. It feels nearly on par with a Final Fantasy game, and, while it gets a bit repetitive at times, the music has this epic feel that meshes really well with the overall tone of the game. Also, the pacing throughout the title is excellent; the switching between slower-paced strategy segments and frantic combat feels really great and keeps things moving very nicely.
To add to everything, Lock's Quest also offers a substantial amount of gameplay, offering a solid 15 to 20 hours for anybody who picks it up. You'll likely work all the way through the game rather than give up somewhere in the middle, thanks to the addictive and constantly-evolving gameplay. To even further extend the life of the game, you've got some 1-on-1 multiplayer scenarios thrown in to allow you to play with a friend.
Lock's Quest is certainly one of the better DS games to hit the platform this year. If you're a fan of past DS strategy titles - LostMagic or Revenant Wings, for example - picking up Lock's Quest is a no-brainer. Even if you've not yet gotten into RTS games, Lock's Quest is a good place to start. It's got an even learning curve and provides ultimately satisfying gameplay regardless of your experience with the genre.
CCC Freelance Writer