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Avatar is a solid title all around. The developers definitely built the game on strong roots, and they definitely didn't take the cop-out route like a lot of licensed games. Unfortunately there was nothing that really stood out about this game. Fans of the show will dive right in and love the heck out of it. For others it will offer a solid adventure, and provide some needed filler in between larger titles when those lean months hit early next year.
What then is my recommendation? The DS version of Avatar is a very good action/RPG hybrid, and I would recommend it to all Avatar fans if it weren’t for the fact that the GBA version is just as good of a puzzle-based title. Therefore, if you are a fan of Avatar, you owe it to yourself to try at least one of the two, but which one should be determined by which type of game you like better, as they both are roughly even in quality for their respective genres.
When a development team cares about the game it's making, it shows in the final product. This is apparent when it comes to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Tose software has made a solid action RPG. It's not as exciting as the show is, but I still had a pretty fun time playing it. I just wish I could be playing it with my friends. I hope that, like Aang, Tose can master their skills and blow me away next time.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is worth renting if you're a diehard fan of the show (assuming you can find it. Few rentailers offer DS games). But you're better off with the GBA version - a game that spends more time on action and puzzles, and less time trying to re-tell a story the fans are already familiar with.
Avatar: The Last Airbender for the Nintendo DS is a great-looking title that will definitely appeal to fans of the show. Although the gameplay is a bit repetitive and shallow, the graphics are certainly a pleasure to look at in each area, and the cut scenes with voice acting are a nice addition for a Nintendo DS title. Just don't go in expecting too much, and you'll have fun playing it for what it is, a simple action game set in the Avatar universe. If you want a straightforward action title to spend some time with and are a fan of the Nickelodeon cartoon, Avatar: The Last Airbender might be a title for you.
The DS version of Avatar is sure to please some fans of the show with its presentation, but the flawed battle system and difficult boss fights are sure to turn others off. If they fix these things for the inevitable sequel, they might actually have a winning action-RPG for the kids.
I am left in a bit of a conundrum - here is a game where I barely passed the first boss battle and neither of my kids were able to defeat that first boss (my older son would have managed eventually it but after about twenty minutes he wanted to get back to Pokémon Ranger and didn't care if he ever saw Avatar again!) Yet it isn't a terrible game - just a game with terribly balanced boss battles. Unfortunately this is naturally a fundamental problem and while Avatar is a pretty good game, I simply cannot recommend it to the target audience - kids in elementary school. At the same time I wouldn't recommend it to older audiences, as there are better RPGs and action games available for the DS that provider a better depth of experience. For the small remaining group - older hardcore gamers who are avid fans of Avatar - I recommend Avatar: The Last Airbender with the caveats about the difficulty and that the rewards for perseverance might not feel all that satisfying.
Slick production values can only go so far. Avatar: The Last Airbender for the Nintendo DS may do a great job of capturing the look and feel of the cartoon, but as video games go, it's just another mediocre brawler loosely patterned after a popular TV show.
Archétype du jeu attachant pour son ambiance enfantine et son univers cohérent et chaleureux, Avatar n'en est pas pour autant réussi. En effet, faisant face à de nombreux problèmes de gameplay au niveau des combats, le soft masque un tantinet son atmosphère prenante et ses quelques bonnes idées. Néanmoins, il reste une relative bonne entrée en matière pour de jeunes joueurs désireux de s'initier au RPG.