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InuYasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel (Nintendo DS)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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A typical InuYasha story presented as a boring and simplistic Japanese-style RPG Ferragus (48) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars

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Overall MobyScore (3 votes) 2.4

The Press Says

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As it stands, Secret of The Divine Jewel is, by far, one of the best Inuyasha games you’ll play and one deeply engrossing role-playing game for your Nintendo DS. It does have its share of problems here and there, mainly the plentiful and occasionally boring battles, but with a great original story and a cast of great characters new and old, this is one game fans of the show or comic books shouldn’t miss.
Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel looks good and it is something that fans of the anime series will definitely enjoy. The games in the franchise are improving with each release. Inuyasha : Feudal Combat was the best PS2 RPG in the series so far, hopefully that trend will continue.
UOL Jogos
"Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel" seria um grande jogo na era dos 16 bits, mas hoje não tem tantos atrativos por causa do sistema um tanto ultrapassado. Mesmo assim, novatos em RPG podem ter uma boa iniciação, já que a mecânica é simples e o título não é de todo ruim: tem uma história competente e as batalhas divertem pelo visual dos golpes poderosos. Os veteranos não deverão encontrar desafios, mas os pontos positivos ainda permanecem e quem quer se descontrair com um RPG "light", "Inuyasha" pode ser uma boa pedida.
Worth Playing
In the end, Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel succeeds in being an RPG that appeals to the fans of the show, and anyone else is advised to steer clear of the game. However, even those who are big fans of the adventures of Kagome and Inuyasha might want to give this one a pass. The enjoyment of seeing all of your favorite characters in a new story may not be worth the frustration of the endlessly tedious random battles. If you can get past the endless swarms of identical enemies, a rather lackluster adventure awaits you.
Cheat Code Central
InuYasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel is a one-player RPG for the Nintendo DS based on one of the most popular anime to be featured on the "Adult Swim" programming block. This is virtually the only selling point of this game. Even big fans of the anime will be disappointed at the seemingly decided lack of effort put into this game.
Digital Entertainment News (den)
This is an average game that will entertain in the most basic sense. With the huge field of RPG’s out for the DS, there are a lot of choices to come first. Fans of the show will find the magic and melodrama you love in the series. RPG fans in need of a fix, will find a cheap one here.
This game is an insult to fans of the series. Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel is an obvious attempt to cash in on the popularity of the show, without actually bothering to make a decent title that people can enjoy. The game does feature an original story, complete with a new character, and that may be enough for some people to take a look at it. However all the shortcomings of the title far outweigh anything the story could bring. This game is beyond hope, even for the most diehard, cosplaying, write-your-own-fanfiction Inuyasha fan.
I suppose this should be fairly obvious, but the only people who should even think about playing this game are hardcore Inuyasha fans. They'll certainly appreciate the nice graphics and the decent (if repetitive) music. Just don't be surprised if you quickly become frustrated by the copious battles and find yourself merely slogging though the adventure out of loyalty to the franchise.
Fans and nonfans alike should steer clear of Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel for the Nintendo DS. The only thing the game has going for it is the Inuyasha license. Otherwise, it's just a crummy Final Fantasy knockoff with weak visuals and audio that requires only 20 hours to play through because of its ridiculously high encounter rate.
Ultimately, the flaws in Secret of the Divine Jewel outweigh its boons, and the game begins to feel more like work than play. With a high encounter rate, long-winded battle resolutions, and a subpar plot only the staunchest Inuyasha enthusiasts should bother with this title. With Contact and Final Fantasy III now in the Nintendo DS library as well as a robust, high-quality, and fully-compatible Gameboy Advance RPG library for the system, a title such as Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel is not really worth one's time. Which is sad, because the anime is rather interesting on its own.