Digimon World DS Reviews (Nintendo DS)
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Game Vortex (2006)
As you might expect, Digimon World DS is great for Digimon fans or anyone waiting for a monster collection game to occupy their time until Poke’mon Diamond and Pearl are released.
GamePro (US) (Nov 13, 2006)
Old Digimon fans will absolutely love this game; it's a repackaging of the older Digimons, but with much more to do. However, new fans may be a bit wary approaching a game like Digimon World DS- it might be exciting to discover a new Digimon every time, but it takes a bit of work to level them up and have them become creatures of unsurpassable might. Either way, the game is at least worth a shot on a store's DS demo stands, if it ever makes it there.
IGN (Nov 22, 2006)
For players that are dying to get their monster battling RPG fix, Digimon World should be a welcome addition to their library, at least until Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. The game may still be a ripoff of Pokemon, despite developer's attempts to set it apart, but it still is a fun game. If it had more internet capabilities, it could have been one of the better RPGs on the DS. But until Pokemon Diamond and Pearl come, this will have to Digi-do for now.
GameZone (Nov 27, 2006)
The next best thing to Pokemon ... when Pokemon still rocked. DS owners are without a great Pocket Monsters adventure, giving Digimon World DS a chance to swoop in and steal its thunder. The quick, straightforward, and familiar gameplay will appeal to any Pokemon or Digimon fan.
GameSpot (Jan 25, 2007)
If you prefer Pokémon or are waiting for Nintendo to produce a proper Pokémon game for the Nintendo DS, you probably won't be all that impressed with Digimon World DS. After all, it plays a lot like Pokémon and shamelessly borrows some of the more recent enhancements that Nintendo introduced in the latest Pokémon games. However, those enhancements, along with a few other improvements, are what make Digimon World DS so much better than all of the other Digimon games published previously. Fans of the Digimon franchise will likely be very pleased with the game because it's the first Digimon game that they can legitimately sink their teeth into.
GameSpy (Nov 27, 2006)
Sure, Digimon World DS isn't the most original game out there, but it's still a pretty fun title. And with the only "real" Pok¿mon titles (Diamond and Pearl) hitting the DS sometime around who-knows-when, this is your best bet for monster collecting by default. Sure, there may be no Pikachu here, but I'm sure you'll find Agumon just as adorable.
Digimon World DS may have been released at the end of last year, and it may not have all the robust features that Pokemon Diamond and Pearl have recently brought to the arena, but don't let that cloud your judgment when it comes to picking it up. As a gamer who has not only never played a Digimon title until this one, but dropped far too many hours into his copy of Pokémon Diamond, I was quite impressed with what Namco Bandai have brought to the table. If they manage to create a title next time around that looks as impressive as this one plays, then Digimon could very easily steal the crown of 'Pocket Monster Ruler' from the stagnant head of the Pokémon franchise.
NintendoWorldReport (Jan 15, 2007)
If Digimon ever wants to step out of Pokemon’s shadow, it’s going to have to come up with more of its own mechanics. The capture method and digital farm idea are great start, but it’s just that – only a start.
GamesRadar (Nov 22, 2006)
Chances are you're reading this review because you're still a fan of this Poke-clone series. If that's the case, this is your game. Digimon World DS excels in being a solid monster collection and training sim. However, the downside is playing through the actual game to collect these monsters. From here it's all Digi-downhill.