Summon Night: Twin Age Review
Summon Night: Twin Age box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Banpresto 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Atlus 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: June 3, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

All these customizable options add a good deal of strategy to the game, not only in terms of equipping your characters, but also on the battlefield. Using the most basic attacks all the time isn't going to get you very far, so you've got to be pretty smart about which skills to use and how to use them. You can also manage what your allies do, and instructing them properly is important for victory. That said, this game is pretty easy, so even though you're encouraged to play creatively and be smart with your tactics, I suppose you never really have to. But what fun is that, right?

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Despite possessing a pretty fun gameplay system, Summon Night: Twin Age does have a few little hiccups along the way. For starters, there's the fact that battles can get really hectic. This is a good thing in many respects, but what's annoying is oftentimes it's hard to target the right person. For example, with support spells, it's easy to accidentally hit a monster instead of your ally -- needless to say, this can be pretty annoying. The same goes for attack spells: it's really frustrating to hit your ally instead of a monster just because everyone was so bunched up. Another problem is that of the A.I. -- specifically, your allies' A.I. It tends to be poor a lot of times; rather than helping out with the battle, they'll go curl up in a corner and get beat up by monsters. The A.I. navigation also isn't great, and it's not uncommon to see your allies or monsters get stuck trying to go around a corner. Still, these are relatively minor problems in comparison with the really fun gameplay Twin Age has to offer.

Graphically, Twin Age looks fine. It's nothing groundbreaking for the system, but the visuals do look nice. The character models are neat, though conversations take place in 2D. Enemies look nice, as do your own characters (boss battles may very well be the visual high-point of this game; they're really big and look very cool). The same goes for the music; it's nothing all that memorable, but it's kind of catchy (if repetitive). Either way, the game certainly doesn't suffer because of the quality of its visuals and sounds.

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After many of the dungeon hacks we've seen on the DS, I was pleasantly surprised with Summon Night: Twin Age. If you like the original games, you should definitely check this one out (although it's worth noting the plot of this game is not directly connected to that of the originals). Moreover, if you're looking for a fun, rewarding (albeit familiar) game, then Twin Age is one to check out. It's nothing revolutionary, but it sure is fun.

By Joseph Catalanotto
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
Nothing all that special, but the fun-looking 2D visuals give the game a certain charm.
4.2
Control
Touch control is sharp, intuitive, and responsive. It's hard to go back to playing more traditional dungeon crawlers after experiencing Twin Age.
3.3
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Sound effects and game tunes are, sadly, all too forgettable -- but that doesn't mean they're bad.
4.5

Play Value
A 20 hour adventure with branching paths, side quests, and a deep battle system. What's not to like?

3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • High-precision stylus control: Unleash the power of your Nintendo DS as you wield your stylus to attack foes, heal allies, and use items. Navigate your way around menus and maps with a responsive touch-based interface.
  • Packed with gameplay features: Immerse yourself in a lavish gaming experience that lets you do battle, collect items, craft weapons, earn and improve skills, conjure beasts, build relationships with party members, trade items via local wireless, and much more.
  • Choose the way you play: With alternate story paths, loads of battle options, side quests, and multiple ending sequences, there is a wide variety of ways to play. Replay the game and challenge yourself with extra dungeons.
  • Richly woven tale of adventure: Two playable characters and several widely varying party members provide different views of your journey through the world of Summon Night.


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