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A great war once raged across the land with many a valiant knight falling on the field of battle. In the end, the evil forces have prevailed, and have since taken over and corrupted the once great kingdom. On a stormy night a Wisp is awakened by a strange armored maiden. The wisp holds the memories of the war, and is now seeking all the valiant dead to be brought back to the world of the living in order to complete their mission and take back the land that was once theirs.

Knights in the Nightmare can be considered a tactical role-playing game, though it features a number of gameplay elements unusual for the genre. The game is almost entirely stylus-controlled on Nintendo DS, and combines an active-time turn-based combat, somewhat reminiscent of Final Fantasy as well as real-time strategy games, with bullet-hell shoot 'em up-like sequences, relying on a set of unorthodox requirements for the successful completion of its battles.

Once in the field of battle the player controls the Wisp who can cause the spirits of fallen heroes inhabiting the area to temporarily reconstitute into their physical form and do battle with monsters that now roam the land. The player can recruit those warriors permanently into their party by seeking out objects that meant something to them while they were alive.

The game features a robust character customization system that includes many classes of units, multiple jobs per each unit class, and a soul transplant system that allows the player to transfer part of the attributes of a character into another, more or less well depending on the poured soul's degree of loyalty, as well as the existence of a relationship between the two characters and the nature of it.


Knights in the Nightmare Nintendo DS Before the battle you are also shown the layout of the field, class and strength of the enemy and all the possible hero spirit summon points, as well as the dead warriors inhabiting the current field.
Knights in the Nightmare Nintendo DS ...and this is only the very, very basic stuff without which you wouldn't even know what the game wants from you.
Knights in the Nightmare Nintendo DS Certainly getting better!
Knights in the Nightmare Nintendo DS Since at this point I was probably more confused than before I started, guess which difficulty I picked?: )

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Worth Playing Nintendo DS Jun 18, 2009 9 out of 10 90 Nintendo DS Aug 25, 2010 18 out of 20 90
IGN Nintendo DS Jun 01, 2009 8.8 out of 10 88
Destructoid Nintendo DS Jun 08, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
RPGFan Nintendo DS May 29, 2009 82 out of 100 82
HonestGamers PSP Nov 06, 2010 8 out of 10 80 PSP Jul 18, 2013 15 out of 20 75 Nintendo DS May 31, 2010 66 out of 100 66
Gamervision Nintendo DS Jun 22, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Game Revolution Nintendo DS Jul 17, 2009 C- 42


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