The Legendary Starfy Review
The Legendary Starfy box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: TOSE 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Nintendo 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Jun. 7, 2009 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

Starfy’s latest adventure is filled with cool Kirby-style characters, and they all have their function, in addition to the roles they play in the story. For example, Moe the clam gives you info about nearby hidden doors and lets you know when there’s treasure around, the pink-haired mermaid saves your progress, the ancient lobster keeps track of your stats (number of spins, distance traveled, play time), Bunston keeps count of the shards you’ve found and gems you’ve collected, etc. They are all extremely cute and friendly-looking, and while this may not be appealing for everyone, their charm is unquestionable.

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The different environments all have a common underwater theme, but the adventure takes place in different locations such us the GluGlug Lagoon, the Hotcha Springs, the ice levels, etc. The level design changes in each of those worlds, with new challenges and enemies throughout. This makes the quest more varied, so even though the gameplay is on the easy side, players will still find enjoyment in the game. Each of those worlds contains a few stages, kind of like they did with Super Mario World and so many other adventure games these days. In addition, as you explore the levels, you’ll find hidden doors that open up extra secret levels within each world. There are also hidden treasure chests throughout; in them, you’ll find special trinkets – mostly clothing and accessories – that you can use to dress up the Starfy 3D model that appears on the pause screen. You can also buy items with the pearls you collect in the game, which also help to restore your health.

In case you didn’t know, Starfy has a sister whose name is Starly. She’s pink and she’s as brave as he is. She’s the other playable character that can be used when playing co-op, which is available in certain areas of the game. Being able to play it with someone else brings up its value even more. I can imagine a dad would be happy to play The Legendary Starfy with his kid, but siblings and friends can also take advantage of this feature and play together. Plus, Starly has special moves like bouncing off walls, crawling into small places, a low spin, and more. These are things that only she can do, so it’s fun to team up with someone else to fully get through the story. You don’t even need to have another cartridge to play co-op, which is appreciated. Mini-games can also be played against up to three other players.

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All in all, The Legendary Starfy is a solid offering that will be especially appealing for younger players due to its somewhat low level of difficulty. Even the boss battles aren’t too challenging, so it should be a breeze to get through the game. However, it’s so charming and complete, with mini-games and all, that Nintendo fans should be able to really enjoy it. The Legendary Starfy sports cool graphics, great character design, fun yet easy gameplay, and a cute soundtrack with a tropical vibe that you can listen to at any time once you unlock it. It’s definitely a great addition to the DS line-up of first-party games.

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
The game’s level design will remind you of Super Mario’s underwater levels, while the characters resemble those found in Kirby adventures. The presentation is great overall, even if a little kid-oriented.
3.9
Control
The game is very easy to control. The main adventure is controlled with the buttons, while the mini-games make use of the touch screen.
3.6
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is forgettable, but it’s also cute and cheerful, with a nice tropical vibe to it. Sound effects are simple and barely noticeable.
4.0

Play Value
There’s a lot to do in The Legendary Starfy, starting with the main adventure and the five somewhat addictive mini-games. You can also listen to the game’s soundtrack, check out your stats, play special levels in co-op mode with other friends, or even compete in mini-game battles. Even though the game is easy, it’s also pretty fun.

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

Game Features:

  • Players must guide Starfy through a variety of lush environments to the end of each stage by swimming, jumping and bouncing – all while defeating comical enemies and big bosses. No two stages are alike. Each one has its own mazes, puzzles and challenges to keep Starfy on his toes.
  • Starfy's main ability is the Star Spin, an attack that propels him into his enemies with great force. It also lets him burst through walls and barriers, or power through strong currents. As the adventure continues, Starfy learns new skills, such as the Shooting Star attack, which lets him shoot into the ground like a meteor, and Air Jump, which gives him increased jumping abilities.
  • One of Starfy's key powers is his ability to transform into four different, powerful forms. Each one grants him special powers to help him overcome the obstacles he encounters throughout the game: Monstar, a dragon that spits fire; Starpedo, an Arctic seal with acrobatic abilities; Starfright, a spooky specter; and Roostar, a super-squawking chicken that lays sonic eggs.
  • Players can link with friends over a local wireless connection and face off in a variety of mini-games that involve fishing (Fishing Derby), racing (Depth Chargers), tracing shapes in the sand (Sand Tracer) and even cooking (Dumpling Master).
  • Players can connect with friends through a local wireless connection to play through a selection of the game's stages as Starfy and his sister, Starly.


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