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The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo DS)

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Description

The Legend of Zelda arrives on the Nintendo DS with The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. This game starts off where the Wind Waker for the GameCube ended. Link, his friend Tetra and her gang of pirates are sailing unexplored seas when they come across a ghost ship. When Tetra wants to explore the ship she disappears and Link, who goes after her, falls into the sea and becomes stranded on an unknown island.

While remaining true to the traditional Legend of Zelda formula, this game's controls are drastically different from other Zelda titles. This time you only use the touch screen to make Link move and attack instead of buttons. For example, swinging your sword is done with a short line horizontally or vertically in front of Link, or by tapping on a specific enemy. Link can somersault forward by having the player draw a small circle on the edge of the screen while running. The boomerang can be thrown in a specific path by drawing its exact route on the touch screen.

You can also use the touch screen to make notes of secret treasures and items on the map simply by writing them down. Sailing across the sea is also done by simply drawing the route on the map. While the route is being traveled, the player can pan the screen around to look out for enemies and other obstacles. The ship's route can also be changed while traveling if something else catches the player's attention. Later on, the player can even go fishing in the sea, using the stylus to pull the rod and reel in their catch.

The game is presented in the same cel-shaded style as the Wind Waker but it is displayed from a classic top-down perspective.

Screenshots

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Nintendo DS Previous history is told in static pictures...
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Nintendo DS Link is on board the pirate ship
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Nintendo DS Ghost ship arrives.
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Nintendo DS Gaining a green Rupee!

Alternate Titles

  • "ゼルダの伝説 夢幻の砂時計" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Zelda no Densetsu: Mugen no Sunadokei" -- Japanese title
  • "젤다의 전설 몽환의 모래시계" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

When the legend is bigger than the game NeoJ (428) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Fun game, but very long. RussS (781) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Incorporates brilliant touch innovation in classic Zelda gameplay. Get it! Rensch (203) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Fun little game that makes great use of the DS Matthew Melbourne (27) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

The Press Says

EmpireOnline.com 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Vortex 2007 99 out of 100 99
Hooked Gamers Oct 13, 2007 9 out of 10 90
UOL Jogos Oct 05, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Armchair Empire, The Nov 17, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 16, 2007 18 out of 20 90
Video Game Talk Oct 04, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameTrailers 2007 8.9 out of 10 89
NintendoWorldReport Oct 05, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
Modojo Nov 06, 2007 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

  • GamePro
    • February 2008 (Issue #223) - Best Handheld Game of 2007
  • GamePro (Germany)
    • March 28, 2008 - Best Handheld Game in 2007 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameSpy
    • 2007 – #10 Game of the Year
    • 2007 – Handheld Game of the Year
    • 2007 – Nintendo DS Game of the Year
    • 2007 – Nintendo DS Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
    • 2007 – Nintendo DS Action Game of the Year
  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2008 - Bliss Handheld Game of the Year
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Rensch (203) added The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo DS) on Oct 05, 2007