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The Dark Spire - Nintendo DS
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- Take back the age of the great classic RPGs where you build your perfect party from the ground up
- Shrewd strategy is required to navigate tough dungeon floors with limited resources, earning experience by taking on 80 different enemies out to end you
- The traditional RPG experience is fully realized in Classic Mode, which offers a black-and-white wireframe dungeon environment reminiscent of the nostalgic PC RPGs
- Switch back to Modern Mode to update to the full 3-D atmosphere of the Dark Spire
- A second person narrative reaches out from the game to speak to you of codpieces and killer rabbits, enveloping the gamer in an unforgettable adventure that offers three possible endings
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Its not just the graphics though obviously: the gameplay requires enormous amounts of "XP grinding" where you fight lower level enemies to get to a certain point where you can get to the next level of the tower. This for me at least, got old really fast. Yes I know this is what old school RPG's are like and I'm sure this is fun for some gamers, but I got bored. I enjoyed the first 15 hours of gameplay but I really had no interest going another step. Your mileage may vary!
Also one nitpick -- would it have been so hard to have the battle text be red when you are taking damage and blue you are giving damage to your enemies? Some colored text would have made a world of difference and you are looking at this text all of the time, so why not font colors?
If you're like me and grew up on old computer classics like Ultima, D&D, Wizardry, and Might & Magic you will like The Dark Spire as it almost aspires to be the same type of game. You know the type- The lower the A.C. the better your defense is, stuff like 1d6+1 for damage rolls, critical hits on a natural 20, etc.
There are many different classes you can play as and even advanced classes to unlock later. Experience points earned either by defeating monsters or completing quests are stored up and can be spent at the player's convienence on cool new abilities, base stats, or even different class levels. For example I gave my level 7 warrior 1 class level of priest so now he's able to cast some minor healing spells in a pinch. The stipulation of this is that he must first unequip all his heavy armor because it doesn't jive with the gear a priest can normally wear.
Though the game does indeed have many nefarious traps and things to make you want to pull your hair out, there are some silver linings to look at when you compare it to a game like Wizardry. Can you get poisoned? You bet. And it'll happen a LOT. The good thing is that antidotes are easy enough to find in the tower and cheap enough to buy. And even walking around will only take you down to 1 HP and never outright kill you like in Wizardry.Read more ›
Old dungeon-crawlers (think Wizardry or The Bard's Tale) were essentially frustrating grind-fests that killed you frequently and never stopped to explain themselves. Generally, you learned through trial-and-error as you went along and suffered long hours of tedious and monotonous gameplay in order to perhaps graduate to the second level of the dungeon after hours and hours of sheer work. Most never included a map function, forcing players to create their own maps on graph paper, and the various items/weapons were largely mysterious in nature until you bought them and discovered what they were good for.
The Dark Spire accomplishes this with ease and grace, even managing to throw in random stat selection ala D&D.
The game has two modes: Standard and Classic. Standard mode drapes the game in dark textures and designs of astonishing power, giving the game a haunting and gothic edge. There is some variation in the music, but it is generally unexceptionable.
For gamers eager for the most retro experience possible, the Classic mode is available. This mode literally discards all of the textures and designs in the game, replacing shadow strewn walls with wireframes. Literally. That's it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Felt very boring. Watch a Youtube review for the game before buying this.Published 13 months ago by Miguel Nieves
Old school hard, but a fun time sink. You can add or subtract a star depending on how into that you are.Published 14 months ago by Peter
Outside a town lies the Woods of Mist, a foreboding place obscured by thick fog; one day, the mist suddenly parts, and an enormous tower rises from the ground: the Dark Spire. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jeremy Michael Gallen
honestly, i haven't even played the game yet but i was pleasantly surprised to find that the game comes with a music cd. Read morePublished 23 months ago by borgula
I first heard about this game when I was listening to a compilation of the best VGMs from entertainment history and got an earful of a track from The Dark Spire. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Alan Bailey
Much like the first person RPGs of old. Dark Spire is a Wizardry-style dungeon crawler with a four person party system that includes a few new perks (like being able to change... Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Badger
This game is intense. Its difficulty, although relatively high and unforgiving, is perfectly appropriate. Read morePublished on November 9, 2012 by CENU
I'd been looking for a game like this ever since the wizardry games went out of style. Modern rpgs that hold your hand through large elaborate and sometimes ridiculous and trite... Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by Daniel J. Shatz