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Dream Trigger 3D Reviews (Nintendo 3DS)

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Malgré son côté répétitif, Dream Trigger 3D est donc une bonne surprise sur Nintendo 3DS. Un titre que nous vous conseillons fortement, surtout si vous cherchez un jeu différent sur la dernière née des consoles portables de Nintendo.
Wiiloveit (Jul 12, 2011)
For a certainty, Dream Trigger 3D is tricky to recommend. There are key issues that hold the game back from reaching its full potential when it comes to enjoyment and the very depth it boasts about, but that's not to say the game isn't worth trying out. The sense of progression you experience is great, there's good use of 3D, and the action and strategy elements that make up the core fundamentals are very satisfying over time. If you have the patience to see it through, Dream Trigger 3D can be seen as a rewarding venture despite its flaws.
Game Revolution (May 23, 2011)
If it's a classic you're looking for, I don't know if this will completely fit the bill, but the feel is definitely there. If Dream Trigger didn't feel so awkward to play (and painful on the hands after a short while), it would have been graded higher. But as it stands, it's a nice, little distraction, and marks one of the first times that 3D on the system that doesn't feel tacked on.
65 (Jul 19, 2011)
Dream Trigger hebt sich erfreulich von gewöhnlichen Arcade-Shootern ab: Sobald man den verwirrenden Einstieg überwunden hat, sorgt das eigenwillige Konzept für ein ganz eigenes, frisches Spielgefühl. Auch das knallig-bunte Design und die experimentelle Musik passen prima. Leider haben die Entwickler die Idee nicht zu Ende gedacht oder es fehlte ihnen schlicht die Zeit. Denn obwohl die hübsch gestalteten Widersacher in den unterschiedlichsten Formen auftauchen, grasen sie wieder und wieder ihre altbackenen Standard-Wege ab: Schon nach wenigen Stunden entwickelt sich das Abarbeiten der ewig gleichen Formationen zur lästigen Routine. Auch die karge Auswahl an Extra-Modi und die fehlende Online-Anbindung sorgen nicht gerade für Langzeitmotivation – so verschenkt Dream Trigger leider viel von seinem Potential.
Jeux Vidéo Network (Aug 01, 2011)
De prime abord, Dream Trigger 3D peut séduire grâce à sa manière de réinterpréter le shoot ‘em up et d’utiliser les fonctionnalités de la 3DS (3D et écran tactile). Malheureusement, les développeurs de chez Art Co., Ltd n’ont pas suffisamment creusé l’idée et l’on se retrouve avec un jeu qui tourne assez vite en rond.
Vandal Online (Sep 15, 2011)
Dream Trigger 3D es un buen juego, en la medida en que ofrece una propuesta de acción muy original. Habrá quien no se llegue a sentir jamás cómodo con la mecánica jugable derivada del uso del sonar, pero la verdad es que funciona y resulta interesante una vez hemos comprendido su funcionamiento y ya nos hemos acostumbrado al mismo. Sin embargo, resulta escaso en contenidos y su propuesta parece más orientada a ser un título de menos envergadura, quizás en distribución digital, que un título a precio completo. Y es que, al fin y al cabo, resulta interesante a nivel jugable, pero le falta algo para ofrecer un paquete de contenidos convincente: más opciones, modos de juego y variedad en su desarrollo le habrían ayudado a formar una propuesta mucho más completa para el consumidor.
Worth Playing (Jun 03, 2011)
In the end, Dream Trigger 3D will likely become a title with a niche following. The relatively high level of difficulty will likely turn off most players, especially since you experience it in the first level of the game. Once you finally understand how everything works, it becomes interesting. The game can feel a little long in the tooth considering that nothing new is introduced later, but at least the new backgrounds and themes keep things somewhat fresh. Considering how polarizing it is, the game is best recommended as a rental to see if you can deal with the high difficulty level and enjoy what's here or simply give up out of frustration.
NintendoWorldReport (May 27, 2011)
In short, Dream Trigger 3D is a very interesting game, but just a little too frustrating at first. It’s impossible to just pick up and play, the tutorial is essential if you’ve never played it before. Once you get the hang of it, though, the game’s beautiful set pieces and endless challenges can entertain you for hours.
Game Freaks 365 (Jun 03, 2011)
D3 Publisher missed an opportunity here. If they had launched Dream Trigger with a more realistic control setup and a friendlier learning curve, it could have been a good addition to the 3DS lineup. As it stands, Dream Trigger is such a hassle to attempt to play that you will more than likely just give up after a while. Only masochists are likely to get much enjoyment out of this.
60 (Aug 03, 2011)
Mit „Dream Trigger 3D“ hat Bandai Namco einen interessanten Titel abgeliefert, der leider mit einigen Schwächen zu kämpfen hat. So fallen eine fehlende Story und wenig abwechslungsreiche Spielmodi negativ ins Gewicht. Ein Online-Modus hätte hier definitiv Abhilfe schaffen können. Außerdem ist die Steuerung nicht unbedingt für längeres Spielen geeignet, sondern eher für eine kurze Session zwischendurch. Ansonsten kann „Dream Trigger 3D“ aber überzeugen und als erfrischendes Experiment angesehen werden.
60 (Jul 28, 2011)
On salue l'effort d'originalité et le soin apporté à la réalisation du soft, mais de bonnes intentions ne suffisent pas à faire un bon jeu. Dans le cas de Dream Trigger 3D, on ne tarde pas à constater que le titre est en réalité incroyablement creux et qu'il ne vaut certainement pas la quarantaine d'euros auxquels il est proposé.
GamesRadar (May 24, 2011)
Dream Trigger 3D will find an audience. It’s an original title with a level of difficulty and required accuracy that some gamers will absolutely adore. The selection of 3DS games available on or near launch have been lacking, to describe it politely, and Dream Trigger 3D is different, and was truly designed for the handheld. It has an interesting techno-inspired visual style and foot tapping trance music that falls in rhythm with the gameplay, and even though the mechanics are novel, it’s just too damn confusing to be welcoming to everyone. If you’re willing to spend some time with it though, you may just find yourself struggling to put it down. We only wish that the picking up part was a little easier.
GameSpot (May 18, 2011)
Unraveling the interwoven game mechanics of Dream Trigger 3D leads to the realization that this shoot-'em-up offers more style than substance.
IGN (May 19, 2011)
Dream Trigger 3D is an aesthetically gorgeous game with a really interesting premise that just never finds its legs. It's fun at first, but all too quickly becomes tedious. I'd love to see how the formula could be built upon and improved, because for a second there, Dream Trigger 3D was almost the refreshing new shooter I wanted.
Tech-Gaming (Jun 01, 2011)
Reminiscent of experimental DS titles such as Big Bang Mini, Dream Trigger 3D is best enjoyed in short, concentrated bursts. While the title is difficult to recommend at its current forty dollar MSRP, players looking for a creative, commute-time 3DS game might want to pick up Dream Trigger at the first sign of a price drop.
50 (2011)
Faute d'une jouabilité plus instinctive, Dream Trigger 3D manque sa cible. Ce shoot'em up est finalement assez poussif et bien trop complexe pour séduire un public large.
Thunderbolt Games (Jul 20, 2011)
Unfortunately, that’s all the game has going for it. Dream Trigger 3D has a lot of interesting ideas, but rarely implements them well. The gameplay mechanics are needlessly contrived; by the time you’ve gotten over the learning curve, you’ll probably want to stop playing. The complicated control scheme and stylus-based interface make playing awkward at best; many of the basic functions could have been streamlined into something more manageable. The campaign is a convoluted mess of stages, and the game practically forces you to replay levels instead of rewarding you for doing so. You’ll probably spend all of your time trying to complete the challenges, but even they won’t distract you from the limited features. With no online functionality or other options, the game falls far short of its potential. It’s kind of like a dream; it may look pretty, but it lacks the substance to make it real.
neXGam (Sep, 2011)
Schade eigentlich. „Dream Trigger 3D“ hätte für den 3DS ein absolutes Spitzengame sein können, sogar ein Must Have. Aber der hohe Schwierigkeitsgrad, bedingt durch das nur schwer zu durchschauende Spielprinzip macht alle Chancen zunichte. Es ist schon bezeichnend, wenn es heißt, dass selbst der Produzent innerhalb der ersten Minuten gescheitert ist. Da helfen auch die wunderbare Grafik und die gelungene Musik nicht weiter. Sie verhindern nur, dass die Endzensur niedrig ausfällt.
JeuxActu (Aug 04, 2011)
Traitement original du genre shoot'em up, Dream Trigger 3D surprend et déçoit avec les mêmes éléments. Bénéficiant d'un système bien pensé, mêlant détection d'ennemis et stratégie dans l'utilisation du tir, il pèche dans l'utilisation de ce concept. Etiré sans jamais être modifié, il devient rapidement redondant, d'autant plus que le comportement des ennemis et des boss est globalement similaire. L'impression de faire et refaire les mêmes niveaux est donc tenace, et ce malgré une variété visuelle appréciable qui passe aussi par un style graphique très réussi. Le Big Bang Mini de la 3DS semblait proche, mais le déclic n'a jamais résonné.
45 (Jun 01, 2011)
If you are looking for a game that will show off the graphical capabilities the Nintendo 3DS has, then get the game. The visuals will literally blow your socks off. If you want a game that you can actually play and enjoy then I suggest looking elsewhere. Unfortunately I just cannot recommend this game.
To start off with the good points, Dream Trigger 3D has unique and artistically interesting visuals, and the 3D effects certainly impress -- if you can manage to stay alive for more than 30 seconds. The controls don't sound like they should be too tough to figure out -- you tap the bottom screen to create sonar pings, and if your ping reveals an enemy, it appears on the top screen and you shoot it. But once you see how fast everything moves and how many enemies there are and how many projectiles they're shooting at you, you quickly realize you can use any kind of strategy in placing those sonar pings. You'll end up tapping madly and trying to perform some of the most precise flying of your life. And that's just the first level. If you're left-handed, you have to control flight with the A,B,X, and Y buttons, which is far more difficult than using the control stick. There may have been an interesting idea here, but the execution leaves much to be desired.
40 (UK) (Jul 11, 2011)
Dream Trigger is a novel experiment that starts off refreshing, surreal and unique, but it's too content to regurgitate the same tricks and never evolves past its base mechanics. New coats of paint can only mask so much before it grows tiresome. If you're looking for the best showcase for your 3DS, keep dreaming.
Modojo (May 13, 2011)
At the end of the day, Dream Trigger 3D has a bunch of interesting concepts that fail to merge into a satisfying whole, kind of like the car Homer Simpson designed in the episode, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" That issue, combined with the instability and $39.99 MSRP, make this a game only hardcore players will appreciate.
Nintendo Life (Jun 01, 2011)
Dream Trigger features some really unique and original gameplay ideas — maybe a few too many for its own good — and ultimately tries to do too many things at once, overwhelming the player with its rather steep learning curve. Toss in the barrage of game crashes and you're left with a game that had a lot of potential that was never in the vicinity of being reached.
The Video Game Critic (May 27, 2011)
Designed on a cocktail napkin over a few drinks, Dream Trigger is a total sham. I'm calling out all critics who don't trash this game! You are a fraud! And for all the poor shmucks who made the mistake of buying this, I have a little piece of advice. Force yourself to play Dream Trigger every morning, and you can rest assured that nothing worse will happen for the rest of the day