|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Nintendo / Tenyo||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov.26, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The sounds and music in the game are also effective. Although they lack the importance of the visuals when it comes to presenting the tricks, they still do the job. There is a decent background music that plays in the menu, and each trick is accompanied by some sort of tune as well. The sound effects also work just as they should, using the style of tricks as a cue for what noises should emanate. Unfortunately, the game is heavily text based; each trick is explained with quite a bit of dialogue. The advantage this has is that the player can take their time reading over the instructions carefully rather than having to go through multiple sessions to fully understand how to perform it. It was clearly the right choice for how to handle such a game.
We will cover the controls very briefly because there is really not much to talk about. Mainly you just tap the stylus here and there either to answer questions or picks cards. To go any deeper would divulge too much of the magicians secrets, but what it needs to do it does it effectively.
Master of Illusion is what it aspires to be: a game that teaches you the secrets of magic. Sure, it is not going to teach you how to be Criss Angel that guy is really weird, but it is does teach you the basics. With Christmas right around the corner, this is one of those games that may float under the radar. It does not deserve to be one of those titles that never was. With that in mind, this is a game kids will absolutely love; there are enough tricks to keep them busy for months to come, and if you have the socially awkward kid, it may even make him a few friends. A must play for all those still young at heart and a must own for all those still actually young.
CCC Freelance Writer