Lock's Quest Review
Lock's Quest box art
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.

Lock's Quest screenshot

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.

By Joseph Catalanotto
CCC Freelance Writer

Great-looking sprites, colorful environments, and superb animation.
A few camera-related control problems during the building areas manifest, and, during combat, things can feel a bit button-mashy. But, the controls are functional nonetheless.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Truly epic-sounding music, and though it gets a bit repetitive as you continue to play, it never reaches the point of feeling grating or annoying.

Play Value
A hundred-day campaign lasts about 20 hours, and gameplay is fun and varied. Multiplayer adds even more life to this game.

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

Game Features:

  • Accrue new tools to keep the evil Clockwork army at bay.
  • Divide your time fighting the Clockworks and building up your defenses to defeat the foe.
  • Immersive visuals and an epic soundtrack set the stage for the game.
  • Go head-to-head against a friend in Lock's Quest addictive multiplayer mode.

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