5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Please, do not bother with this game.,
This review is from: Monster High: Ghoul Spirit - Nintendo DS (Video Game)
This "game", if I can call it that, is horrible. A complete waste of time and money. I summed it up to my friends like this: The game looks, plays and feels like a prototype that was only worked on for a month, then Mattel demanded it be on shelves the next day. I don't care if it is initially aimed towards younger kids and tweens, there is no excuse to treat ANY target audience like simpletons.
Graphics: The graphics are terrible. Now, I am not one for graphics making or breaking a game, but they certainly help. The characters and sprites in this game are so choppy and ugly, they are hardly recognizable. My favorite was Toralei and her catgirl friends.. The heads were so oddly shaped, they seriously looked like aliens.
On a side note: You make a character in the beginning of the game. Wow.. the sprites are so hideous. On top of that, for a girly game about fashionable monsters, there are only 2 outfits and 3-4 hair styles to choose from when making a character. I've seen fighting games with more customizable outfits!
Gameplay: Boring. Boring, boring, boring. All you do is run errands for the characters, in order to raise your "friendship meters". However, you have to answer to EVERYONE's requests, even if you don't want to. Example: On many of the character routes, you have to answer to Toralei, who is an enemy of the other girls, and all she is there for is to make you do something that only upsets the other girls. Oh yeah! And there's friend meters for 3 character you NEVER interact with. They have (horrible) sprites in the background, but you cannot talk or interact with them ever.
Mini Games: I honestly can't even call this a game. There is nothing fun about it. Even the "mini games" that are featured are the simplest of games. No, not "games".. more like "tasks". Again, not challenging or fun. One mini game is moving the stylus down 3 or 4 times. Then you're done. I swear, I don't care what age you are, these games only make you feel bad about yourself for being so boring.
Camera: The in game camera is terrible as well. I had to stop playing after a while because I got motion sickness. Thank goodness the game only takes about 4 hours or less to complete...
On that note, it only takes 4 hours, but it feels like a life time. You move so slowly, and the errands the girls ask you to do always involve going from one side of the school to the other. It only makes the game longer to trudge through. Very tedious!
I realize the game is aimed towards people 6 and up, and while a 6 year old -might- have fun with it, it really isn't worth the time or money. I would feel bad if I gave my daughter/grand-daughter this game, it is too simplistic to even offer a challenge. And I don't mean a difficultly level, I mean on an intellectual level. I beg of you, do not waste your money.