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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 Awakening on the beach in some mysterious land.
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Nintendo DS ...and near the pirate's ship.
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Nintendo DS Link is on board the pirate ship
The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass Nintendo DS Previous history is told in static pictures...

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

The A.V. Club Oct 15, 2007 A 100
Snackbar-Games.com Oct 02, 2007 5 out of 5 100
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) 2007 A 100
Worth Playing Nov 05, 2007 9.5 out of 10 95
Hooked Gamers Oct 13, 2007 9 out of 10 90
AusGamers Nov 01, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Gemakei (formerly Zentendo) Sep 24, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GamingEvolution 2007 9 out of 10 90
Yahoo! Games Oct 02, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamersMark Jun 11, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75

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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