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Knights in the Nightmare (Nintendo DS)

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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 top-down shooter sequences, relying on a set of unorthodox rules for completion of its goals.

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 all attributes of one player into another.

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Knights in the Nightmare Nintendo DS Since at this point I was probably more confused than before I started, guess which difficulty I picked?: )
Knights in the Nightmare Nintendo DS Once you are done with the "First Steps" and the "Tutorial" tutorials, there is still the "Hints" section that is still part of the required reading if you want to have any clue of what to do.
Knights in the Nightmare Nintendo DS ..and once you are done with the most basic "First Steps" part of the tutorial, the game really piles it on - another 5-6 pages of tutorials!
Knights in the Nightmare Nintendo DS Yap - these guys just don't make ordinary games...

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GameZone Jun 29, 2009 8.9 out of 10 89
IGN Jun 01, 2009 8.8 out of 10 88
Destructoid Jun 08, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Thunderbolt Games Jun 24, 2009 8 out of 10 80
NintendoWorldReport Jul 20, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Jun 22, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Life Jun 10, 2009 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
RPGamer Jun 28, 2009 3.5 out of 5 70
Gamervision Jun 22, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Game Revolution Jul 17, 2009 C- 42

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DarkFalzX (4723) added Knights in the Nightmare (Nintendo DS) on Jun 21, 2009
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