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Unlike the PS2 game, you don’t have to be a fan of the Shaman King TV anime to fall deeply in love with the GBA game. If you like the Metroid-style play of the recent GBA Castlevanias, however, prepare to be very pleasantly surprised. Master of Spirits is essentially Castlevania with added character interaction, more environments and a deeper story.
Nintendo Spin (Sep 19, 2005)
Shaman King is fairly straightforward and derivative, but it actually works more than it doesn't under those conditions. The spirit assigning is actually fun and fairly deep, but the refreshing adventure feel is undermined by a ridiculously sloppy map setup. Shaman King is still a surprise hit, and those of you who are starting to run out of Game Boy Advance games to play should go ahead and pick it up.
GamersMark (Jun 25, 2005)
There were some moments where I really hated Master of Spirits, but once I got past those parts it was smooth sailing until the next random annoyance. While it’s not quite Castlevania, it’s as close as you’re going to get until the next one comes out. If you’re a fan of Castlevania-style gameplay though, you can’t go wrong for $19.99, and with a sequel coming out, it might be wise to jump aboard the train now.
75 (2005)
Shaman King : Master of Spirits est un jeu d'action fort réussi. Armée d'une bonne réalisation et d'une durée de vie importante, son seul défaut est peut être sa difficulté assez colossale. En tout cas, il séduira à coup sur les fans du manga et les amateurs de ce style de jeu, qui devient de plus en rare de nos jours.
75 (Dec 29, 2005)
Belle surprise que ce Shaman King : Master Of Spirits qui ne pouvait qu'inquiéter après l'opus PS2. Disposant d'un gameplay détonnant, d'une réalisation de qualité et d'une cohérence globale louable, il aurait pu aisément s'approcher des cieux étoilés. Néanmoins, à cause de quelques lacunes pourtant facilement évitables, il ne peut que décrocher le statut de bon jeu. Ce qui est déjà une belle distinction. Quand l'honnêteté dépasse la licence, il ne se passe que des bonnes choses. La preuve. On en viendrait presque à avoir envie de regarder la série.
If you have played the sequel and enjoyed it, you should also try this game if you don't already have it. If you read my review of the sequel but didn't think it was worth risking $30 on, try this game first. However, don't be fooled by the fact that this game is getting a higher score than its sequel. It is the policy of Game Freaks 365 to grade games by their time of release, and this game was slightly better at its time of release than its sequel was. The sequel is the better game, though.
Fans of the anime this one is based off will likely be able to dig deeper here, ignoring the crucial flaws of the stage map. There are plenty of characters to keep the story fresh (even if it's not deep), and the action is close to flawless. There's no question this is addictive, and if you haven't tired of the repetition from repeating stages as you approach the end, you'll find this a solid diversion from Castlevania.
MAN!AC (Sep 30, 2005)
Zutiefst durchschnittliches Simpel-Adventure für Fans der Comic- und Fernseh-Vorlage.