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Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors

aka: Dragon Quest Swords: Die maskierte Königin und der Spiegelturm, Dragon Quest Swords: La Regina mascherata e la Torre degli Specchi, Dragon Quest Swords: La Reina enmascarada y la Torre de Espejos, Dragon Quest Swords: La Reine Masquee et la Tour des Miroirs

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Pokémon World / Pocket World (9 out of 10)

An RPG adventure that manages to do away with many aspects that put off beginners. This game is a lot of fun!

2008 · Wii

GamePro (US) (4 out of 5)

Though I had to put the game down to rest my arm and recover from all the sword play, The Masked Queen is a unique blend of game genres that actually pulls off each one nicely. I am puzzled as to why game developers can't allow players to choose between relying on motion sensing controls to get through a game, and using more traditional control mechanics.

Feb 22nd, 2008 · Wii · read review

Game Informer Magazine (8 out of 10)

The characters are certainly interesting and the conflict surrounding the Queen raises some intrigue, but the story mostly falls flat. Regardless though, the well-crafted combat deserves a look.

Mar 2008 · Wii

Game Informer Magazine (7.75 out of 10)

The games "ello governor" renfest dialogue will either make you chuckle or grate on your nerves. The rest of the game - the need to talk to every townsperson to find out where to go next, the paint by numbers story, and the archaic weapon's and item's menus - all feels like it's been pulled out of some forgotten NES game. This won't appeal to everyone, but those willing to put up with tired genre formulas are bound to have some fun.

Mar 2008 · Wii

Gamesmania.de (73 out of 100)

Dragon Quest Swords ist in so gut wie keinem Punkt wirklich herausragend, aber auch nicht wirklich enttĂ€uschend. Das Gameplay kann zumindest noch wĂ€hrend des erstmaligen Durchspielens motivieren, und die vereinfachten Rollenspielelemente dĂŒrften zusĂ€tzlich vor allem ein junges oder RPG-unerfahrenes Publikum ansprechen. Fans der Serie werden den ĂŒblichen Tiefgang allerdings schmerzlich vermissen. Insgesamt ist DQS ein gutes und zugĂ€ngliches Wii-Spiel, bei dem es sich nicht nur um eine simple Portierung mit angepasster Steuerung handelt.

May 15th, 2008 · Wii · read review

GameZone (7.3 out of 10)

A relatively short game, SWORDS is imminently accessible by gamers of all ages. It looks good, is easy to play and understand and provides entertainment in a relaxed vein. If you are a hardcore RPGer, the game’s gentle pacing may not be your cup of hack ‘n slash. But for players who have never experienced an RPG before, or are looking for other ways to utilize the functionality of the Wii-mote’s motion capabilities, this might be a nice little treat.

Mar 6th, 2008 · Wii · read review

411mania.com (7.1 out of 10)

The game is a nice entry point for gamers who want to test the waters into the role playing game genre. The adventure is somewhat challenging and has enough to experience to be enjoyable. As I mentioned though, seasoned players will probably tire quickly of the repetitiveness and ease of the game but I think Square Enix didn’t make the game with the hardcore player in mind and that’s just fine.

Mar 19th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Cubed3 (7 out of 10)

Dragon Quest Swords, despite it's rather unfortunate full name, is an all-round solid title. Those looking for an engrossing role-playing game with weeks worth of gameplay, deep character customization, and an interesting plot will ultimately come away disappointed, but anyone who can accept the game for what it is –a simplistic, 'arcadey' title with a couple of RPG elements thrown in for good measure- should find a few hours of solid entertainment here. It's worth a try at least, if not a purchase. Do people still rent games these days? If so, do that.

May 25th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Nintendojo (7 out of 10)

So, to buy or not to buy? That depends on your tastes. If you're looking for an on-rails slasher that is good for 7-10 hours, you will probably enjoy this title. If you’re looking for a full-fledged RPG experience, however, you’re better off looking elsewhere.

2008 · Wii · read review

Gameswelt (70 out of 100)

Ich bin erfreut und enttĂ€uscht zugleich. Die EnttĂ€uschung beruht auf zu hoch gesteckten Erwartungen, denn ich habe irgendwie doch etwas mehr erwartet als ein Action-RPG. Das Spiel hat in vielen (essenziellen) Punkten nicht viel mit anderen Ablegern der 'Dragon Quest'-Serie gemeinsam. Andererseits machen die StreifzĂŒge durch Avalonia doch immer wieder Spaß, was unter anderem an der insgesamt gelungenen Wiimote-Steuerung und dem unbeschwerten Gameplay liegt. Wer ein Rollenspiel-Epos sucht, wird bitter enttĂ€uscht. Wer jedoch mal unbeschwert das Wii-Schwert schwingen möchte, sollte einen nĂ€heren Blick riskieren.

May 19th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Random Access (7 out of 10)

The gameplay does feel a bit limiting, despite being a fresh respite from the usual old-school long-winded grind, but overall, I was relatively pleased with my experiences. There were certainly times when my heart palpitated hard enough to qualify as a backup drummer for Def Leppard, and the game's good fun and solid exercise. But with mildly imprecise sword-swinging via the Wiimote, semi-awkward walking mechanics, and a lack of exploration of an otherwise picturesque series of landscapes, Dragon Quest Swords is "good", rather than "great".

Apr 17th, 2018 · Wii · read review

The Next Level (USA) ( )

Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors feels exactly the way a rich, engaging Dragon Quest game should. If not for the expected Akira Toriyama art direction, then for the ridiculously long and pointless title names should be enough of a prime example. It’s really short though, clocking in at 9 to 10 hours if you really do everything. It isn’t the prettiest title for the Wii, but if RPGs tickle your fancy, it’s still worth a try. Dragon Quest Swords is a game you’d have to see with your own eyes to believe. Or...slash with. Whichever.

Apr 25th, 2008 · Wii · read review

GameSpy ( )

Dragon Quest Swords is a quick if slightly saccharine foray into the Dragon Quest world that should satisfy both fans of the series and Wii players looking for a decent sword fighting game. Gamers on the lookout for classic JRPGs may find the archaic RPG mechanics charming, but everyone else will probably be able to spot them for the experience-lengthening tropes they are. Fans probably won't be bothered by being forced to muck through the multiple load-screens or unskippable cut-scenes, but gamers just here for the action may find these elements too much to bear.

Feb 29th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Gaming Age (B-)

Dragon Quest Swords ends up being a mixed bag of sorts on the Nintendo Wii. If you're looking for another grand, 80 hour plus adventure in the vein of the main titles you'll definitely be disappointed. However, if you have someone in your household that you've wanted to introduce to JRPG's as a genre, and felt that they might be put off by some of the more recent titles due to the time involvement or other factors, than Swords might be right up your alley. It works well as a beginner RPG, and even provides a solid, but simple play thru for RPG vets. Just don't expect anything mind blowing or new, and realize that the motion controls aren't quite perfect, and you should have a pretty good time.

Mar 27th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (13 out of 20)

Découverte par le grand public avec la sortie du huitiÚme volet sur PS2, la saga Dragon Quest change radicalement sa formule à l'occasion de son arrivée sur Wii. Dragon Quest Swords n'a donc rien d'un RPG, mais se range plutÎt dans le registre du jeu d'action en vue subjective, à l'instar de Samurai Warriors Katana. Héritier du génial Kenshin Dragon Quest sorti uniquement au Japon, cet épisode Wii est pourtant loin de tenir toutes ses promesses et de faire honneur à son aßné. Les ambitions du soft ne sont vraiment pas énormes mais suffiront à nous faire passer un bon moment, en attendant une éventuelle suite un peu plus consistante.

May 8th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Deeko (6.5 out of 10)

So is Dragon Quest Swords a game you should rush out and purchase on a whim, without thinking about paying your rent or eating for a day or two? I wouldn't go that far, but it certainly is a good diversion for gamers looking for something to sate their gaming tastes. A large part of the game is tedious, especially when you're roaming around the town or being force fed dialogue and story snippets that are, for the most part, pretty blase, but the rest of the game is unusually fun and well worth the time. Game of the year potential is slim to nill, but it's still worth a rental.

Mar 9th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Gamer 2.0 (6.4 out of 10)

To be frank, while Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors offers a good time, it’s not exactly an easy purchase at the full $50 price tag. A rental would probably suffice most people, especially since the game can be easily beaten in about ten hours of so for most people. While Dragon Quest fans can rejoice in a good game to enjoy, it just doesn’t offer the same kind of quality experience that its roman numeral brethren have pulled off so well.

Mar 3rd, 2008 · Wii · read review

Power Unlimited (64 out of 100)

Leuk aangeklede en laagdrempelige zwaardvechtfun, maar voor een RPG brengt dit spel te weinig gewicht mee.

Oct 3rd, 2008 · Wii · read review

UOL Jogos ( )

Um RPG para não-iniciados ou apenas um jogo de ação com pitadas de RPG? Em nenhuma das duas opçÔes "Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors" se sai muito bem. O que realmente salva o jogo do desastre é o sistema de combate divertido e a sinergia inabalåvel dos mestres Yuuji Horii, Akira Toriyama e Koichi Sugiyama, que mostram que ainda são capazes de criar mundos repletos de charme e energia como hå vinte anos.

Feb 29th, 2008 · Wii · read review

GamesRadar (6 out of 10)

Unfortunately, none of these things are very interesting, and that, ultimately, is where Dragon Quest Swords tanks: there's just not much to do. The story is dull, the game is short, the voiceovers are horrible and - thanks to the on-rails mechanic - there's nothing to explore. The gameplay is there, but with a total lack of depth, most gamers will get bored in about two hours (if they haven't succumbed to carpal tunnel by then). We salute Square Enix for trying something different and for finally getting the Wii Remote/sword swing marriage to work, but their innovations in Dragon Quest Swords wind up cutting both ways.

Feb 19th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Consoles Plus (12 out of 20)

Attention, Dragon Quest Swords s'adresse à un public différent, celui des nouveaux arrivants qui ont commencé les jeux vidéo avec la Wii. Accepté comme tel, ça peut passer. Les autres...

Sep 2007 · Wii · read review

Officiel Nintendo Magazine (6 out of 10)

Saga lĂ©gendaire mais jeu Ă  part, Dragon Quest Swords ne sĂ©duira pas grand monde et lassera mĂȘme les plus fanas. L'idĂ©e Ă©tait bonne, mais la conception...

Jun 2008 · Wii · read review

Eurogamer.net (UK) (6 out of 10)

Despite these interactive shortfalls though, the presentation of the game and attention to detail is excellent. Your footsteps ring out from Wiimote's speaker; occasionally you'll catch a glimpse of your character in a mirror and, at all times, the orchestral score brings life and vibrancy to the game world. But make no mistake, this is role-playing lite and, while the narrative and dialogue are fun, the actual plot they paint is thin. Likewise, the character progression is basic, customisation is non-existent and the range of different armour, spells and weaponry on offer to players is paltry. As such it's a game best recommended to non-RPG fans, those who want a short, light adventure that eschews grinding (until the final area at least) and detailed stat-management for bright character and brevity. But even on these terms, the recommendation is at best a very gentle one.

May 12th, 2008 · Wii · read review

4Players.de (60 out of 100)

Auf Dauer mangelt es dem Titel aber sowohl an Abwechslung, Spieltiefe als auch Umfang. Nach acht kurzen AusflĂŒgen ist die leidlich spannende Story bereits zu Ende, es gibt zu wenig Platz fĂŒr Erkundungen und Interaktionen und auch motivierende RPG-Elemente wie das Lernen neuer FĂ€higkeiten und Schmieden besserer Waffen verlieren zu schnell an Reiz, da man immer und immer wieder die selben Areale abgrast und die gleichen Gegner vermöbelt. Selbst die paar drögen Minispiele fĂŒr bis zu vier Teilnehmer sorgen eher fĂŒr Langeweile als fĂŒr Unterhaltung. Dem großen Namen wird dieses mickrige Abenteuer jedenfalls nicht annĂ€hernd gerecht; das ist kein Dragon Quest mehr, sondern eine gemĂŒtliche Hack'n'Slay-Zugfahrt fĂŒr Kids und Casual-Gamer - nicht ohne Reiz, aber ohne jeden Tiefgang...

May 13th, 2008 · Wii · read review

videogamer.com (6 out of 10)

As an introduction to RPGs Dragon Quest Swords might find an audience, but anyone hoping it will be a proper entry in the hugely popular series will be severely disappointed. The storyline is shallow, the gameplay is basic and the visuals are a little too bland. One for series die-hards and completists only.

May 19th, 2008 · Wii · read review

The Wiire (C+)

Die-hard Dragon Quest fans will probably be split on this game. Certainly, most of the series' trademark aspects can be found here. However, a sense of antiquation to the whole design reverberates throughout, which some people will enjoy out of nostalgia or for the simplicity compared to modern RPGs; others will be disgusted by what they find to be a regression for the genre. If nothing else, Dragon Quest Swords gives players a glimpse at how far RPGs have (or have not) progressed in over 20 years.

Mar 10th, 2008 · Wii · read review

GameSpot (5.5 out of 10)

The game holds a small bit of replay value by way of extra bosses and an unlockable payback mode, which grants you use of an impressive sword and lets you exact revenge on your enemies with its commanding power. But by and large, those extras aren't rewarding enough to inspire a return visit. This is the fast-food burger of RPGs: It looks and feels the part, but tastes decidedly mediocre.

Mar 4th, 2008 · Wii · read review

GameDaily (5 out of 10)

At least Dragon Quest Swords manages to get a majority of its presentation right. Despite the ludicrous dialogue, the game's audio is spot-on with a very good soundtrack and some nostalgic sound effects, including the old "stair walk" sound effect from older DQ games. The visuals don't look too bad either. Some of the renders are fuzzy, but the overall look is pretty damn smooth, especially as you dig into the game's deeper dungeons.

Mar 15th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Eurogamer.de (5 out of 10)

Dragon Quest Swords: Die maskierte Königin und der Spiegelturm hinterlĂ€sst den Eindruck eines Spiels, das sein könnte, aber leider nicht ganz wurde. Die Rail-Rollenspielidee ist dabei gar nicht mal so ĂŒbel, wie sie zuerst scheinen mag. Das Motegefuchtel hat zwar nicht viel mit Schwertkampf zu tun, bringt aber fĂŒr ein Weilchen einfachen Arcade-Fun. Die Welt ist nett, wenn auch sehr mickrig. Die Spieltiefe guckt zaghaft hinter der TĂŒr vor, traut sich aber nicht sie zu durchschreiten. Und so bleibt alles an der OberflĂ€che und Ihr bekommt ein weiteres Casual-Game fĂŒr die Wii. Diesmal halt das Rollenspiel fĂŒr Jedermann.

May 15th, 2008 · Wii · read review

1UP (C)

Swords doesn't end up being a complete tragedy, but it could have turned out much better. It's fun inasmuch as putting your body movements into any Wii game is fun, and it's not too far removed from the DQ universe. It could even go so far as to attract people who are normally uninterested in RPGs. Even when considered as an action-driven arcade game though, the awkwardness of controlling the namesake swords takes too much away from the overall enjoyment.

Feb 15th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Game Revolution (C-)

On merit, Dragon Quests Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors is the common adventure with a strange view perspective and Wii-mote capabilities. It has as much complexity as would be expected from an E10+-rated title and is enjoyable insofar as it’s casual and brisk. If the main Dragon Quest series is the main course, then Dragon Quests Swords is a frothy aperitif - not enough to fill you up completely, but appetizing enough to get you interested in the next meal.

Mar 5th, 2008 · Wii · read review

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