Prey the Stars Review
Prey the Stars box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: KOEI Canada 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: KOEI 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 7, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

When you beat a stage, you obtain new skins that can be used on your character of choice. These skins provide extra powers and sometimes more accurate biting abilities. Also, they're cute! You can dress Garu, Pero, ChuChu, or Bari as many different things, from soccer balls to presents, or even a strawberry! There are 30 different skins, each with their own qualities.

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As you can see, all this sounds like a fun game with good rules and enticing goals. However, there are a few complaints that come with it. First, the Story Mode is a bit short, and playing against the machine is not as fun as multiplayer battles. Also, it lacks of a real story, other than the dog being hungry and little spirits showing him how to eat and beat the others. Second, biting things several times is a little annoying, mostly due to the fact that you have to deal with a two-second animation every single time. Instead of being a super-fun and fast-paced arcade experience, it becomes more like a chore.

The good news is you get used to it. When I started playing the game, the first thing I said was "Oh, no!" But after a while, I became addicted to the game and beat one stage after another without thinking too much about the gratuitously slowed-down gameplay. Of course, this game will never become as popular or addictive as Katamari Damaci and the like, but at least it provides fairly entertaining gameplay!

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You can't really say the visuals or the sound are top-notch either, but that's not something to worry about when the gameplay is amusing. The tunes are cheery and fun. To tell you the truth, they fit the game's style perfectly. Also, the characters have been designed by a popular Japanese pop-artist called TOUMA, which makes the game a little more special. I know this game has been somewhat successful in Japan (Gabu Gabu), so it has the potential to make it here as well. I, personally, thought the overall presentation of the game was cute and fun to look at, so I have no complaints in that regard.

The best part about Prey the Stars is, no doubt, the multiplayer battles. The game can be played offline with up to four friends, and whether they own the game or not is not an issue, as you can play via local wireless single-card download play. You can also hop online and play against other players out there. Playing against others is really competitive and fun, and I could see this game becoming as popular as Bomberman battles, if it wasn't because Bomberman has been around forever.

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Overall, it offers a fun and rewarding experience, but unfortunately, it's not quite as entertaining and addictive as it could have been. There are quite a few things that don't let it reach the levels of quality games like Katamari Damaci have been able to provide. However, I'm sure some casual players will find a good value in the game and children will have lots of fun with it.

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.6
Graphics
Character designs are cute, but environments and objects look a bit simplistic.
3.5
Control
Lack of stylus controls might be a missed opportunity. Slow "chomping" action detracts from a great experience.
3.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Cute and whimsical music fits this funky game well. So do the sound effects.
3.6

Play Value
The single-player game can get a bit repetitive after a while, but the online and offline multiplayer action adds some extra fun.

3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • A Buffet of Fun! Prey the Stars serves up and incredibly edible world where almost anything can be devoured. Bite, lick, and suck your way to victory as one of the game's four insatiable and customizable creatures: Gabu, Bari, ChuChu, and Pero.
  • It's All-You-Can-Eat Before Time Runs Out! The player with the highest score at the end of the stage is the winner. The bigger the object, the higher the score!
  • Customize your Monsters with Different Skins! Some skins can give your monster a unique ability. To obtain new skins, clear more difficult stages or clear several stages in a row in Story Mode.
  • A Multiplayer Riot! Feast with up to four friends using Wireless DS Single-Card Download Play or Multi-Card Play. Battle with players over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.


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