Spectrobes: Beyond the Portals - Nintendo DS

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  • New, revamped three-dimensional perspective; More than 100 creatures, plus all-new items, gadgets, and a customizable patrol cruiser
  • Players can take on the role of either Rallen or, for the first time, Jeena in special missions where her technical expertise is needed
  • A new map system to assist with exploration;New excavation and battle features
  • More than 100 creatures, plus all-new items, gadgets, and a customizable patrol cruiser
  • Includes DGamer, Disney Interactive Studios’ innovative new technology that provides a fun, connected online game community for Disney video game fans

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Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals is the sequel to highly popular anime-inspired, sci-fi action/role playing game series Spectrobes for Nintendo DS. Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals continues the story of Rallen and Jeena, interplanetary patrol officers who discover, excavate, awaken and train mysterious fossilized creatures known as Spectrobes and then use them to battle enemies. The story evolves around the origins of ominous portals that lead to distant dimensions and a new nemesis who hopes to destroy the Spectrobes.

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Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals is the sequel to popular anime-inspired, sci-fi action/role playing game series Spectrobes, for Nintendo DS. Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals continues the story of Rallen and Jeena, interplanetary patrol officers who discover, excavate, awaken and train mysterious fossilized creatures known as spectrobes and then use them to battle enemies. The story revolves around the origins of ominous portals that lead to distant dimensions and a new nemesis who hopes to destroy the spectrobes.

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Rallen and Jeena in 'Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals' for DS
Rallen & Jeena work as a team.
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Singleplayer field battle 'Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals
Confront Krawl in field battles.
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Excavation a spectrobe in 'Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals' for DS
Excavate spectrobes where you can.
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Spectrobes battling in multiplayer 'Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals' for DS
Spectrobes battling in multiplayer.
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The Mysterious Powers of Spectrobes
Since the first invasion by the alien scourge known as the Krawl was repelled during the events of the original Spectrobes game, a new threat has positioned itself over the Nanairo corner of the galaxy. A shadowy figure has amassed a great army and is preparing for a new assault. The only hope is for Rallen and Jeena to find and evolve new Spectrobes to stop this mysterious new menace from opening dimensional portals, or risk allowing the Krawl to once again invade Nanairo territory and destroy their civilization.

Play Modes: Singleplayer & Multiplayer
Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals is playable both in singleplayer and a variety of multiplayer modes. The singleplayer campaign consists of the player, in the role of Rallen, battling to secure and awaken the fossilized Spectrobes that are buried beneath the surface of various surrounding planets. These battles come in two flavors. First, "Field Battles" where Rallen, using his own abilities, takes on the powers surrounding vortexes he comes across while searching for and awakening Spectrobes, and "Encounter Battles." In the latter Rallen enters these vortexes and uses up to two spectrobes at a time to battle for him.

Up to four players can participate in Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals multicard play over a local Wi-Fi connection via three different battle modes. The combat and tactic of each of these is similar in feel to the Encounter Battle experience in singleplayer Maps are chosen by the player hosting, with the ability of individuals to participate based on whether they have played through the map already. Modes include:

One-on-one Mode - Here you go head-to-head with a single opponent where both have the use of two spectrobes.

Two-on-Two Team Mode - Here you pair up with a friend and battle another team of two, where each player controls two spectrobes.

Battle Royal - Here it's everyone for themselves as 2-4 players pit a single spectrobe against their opponents.

Key Game Features:

  • 1-4 player support.
  • New, revamped three-dimensional perspective.
  • Players can take on the role of either Rallen or, for the first time, Jeena in special missions where her technical expertise is needed.
  • A new map system to assist with exploration.
  • New excavation and battle features.
  • More than 100 creatures, plus all-new items, gadgets, and a customizable patrol cruiser.
  • Online battle system utilizing the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
  • Tradable and backwards compatible code input cards, included with the game and available elsewhere, that give players access to in-game items.
  • Includes DGamer, Disney Interactive Studios' innovative new technology that provides a fun, connected online game community for Disney video game fans.
Built-in Wi-Fi Community
In addition to its robust multiplayer functionality Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals also engages players in a community of Spectrobe gamers that spans the globe. It does this through the following three built-in uses of the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection, easily accessible from any place in the game:

Wi-Fi Upload - This system allows the game to track all the items you have collected and goals accomplished. All this data is uploaded to the Disney's Spectrobes website and added to player's profiles. Individual player data, as well as squad-base data compiled during team-based multiplayer sessions via different leaderboards, can be viewed and shared with other players.

Wi-Fi Market - Because many physical things in Beyond the Portals are limited to ownership by any one player, there is a thriving market for rare and useful in-game items. The Wi-Fi Market system provides a spot where players can post and shop for (with in-game currency) everything from customized items and accessories to spectrobes themselves.

Wi-Fi Download - Through Wi-Fi downloads players can receive new and rare Spectrobe items directly to your DS. Players can expect new and exciting items to be made available after the game is released.

Added Bonus of DGamer Functionality
Offered free with Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals, DGamer is Disney's online community that utilizes the Wi-Fi capabilities of your Nintendo DS to allow you to connect with other Disney gamers across North America. Through the DGamer community players can create their own identity via an avatar, chat about games, unlock unique collectibles, collect virtual currency and track leaderboard stats. You also have the ability to "gift" items collected in the game to your friends.


Product Information

ASIN B0016BUQLK
Release date October 7, 2008
Customer Reviews
4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
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Product Dimensions 5.3 x 4.8 x 0.6 inches
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The first Spectobes game was a fun concept, and I was surprised when a second one was coming out. I automatically pre ordered it. The game has a very neat concept, where you dig up fossils on different planets, then bring them back to life to battle the oncoming threat of the Krawl, who want to devour the Nanairo planetary system. I find the digging of fossils and the minerals that are feed to the Spectrobes to be very addictive, but at the same time, very time consuming on some planets where you have to first get rid off mud, lava, etc. It can be frusterating to people wanting to quickly level up their Spectrobes from the time needed to get certain minerals. The Spectrobes come in 3 forms. Child, who accompany you to find more minerals and fossils. Adult form, which you feed in the incubator to get stronger. Adults fight the Krawl that you encounter in vortex's around different planets. The ones after adults are Evolved who are superior in fighting skills and stats. The cinematics and camera angling has vastly improved since the last game which I am very impressed with. The game has a nice selection of different Spectrobes to train and battle. I recommend it to anyone who like games that have real time battles, with some RPG effects in leveling up. If you like Pokemon you will most definatly like the some what odd creations of the game Spectrobes. It is truely a game worthy of appreciation and respect.
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My son purchased this game today and has been playing it for a couple of hours. He really likes it. He also likes Super Mario Bros. and Lego Star Wars, but found Ben 10 Protector of the Earth boring after awhile. He still ranks Lego Star Wars as his favorite Nintendo DS game.

Here are some words from PJ, who is almost nine years old: "Spectrobes is a very fun game. It's really cool looking for fossils, minerals and more. I like when the spectrobes fight and evolve. Going on missions and defeating evil is very fun. Staying at HQ, walking around and talking is kind of boring. But other than all of that, this is a very nice game. If you like action, swords, fighting, and training, this is the game for you. Plus it was $20, almost half the price of Lego Star Wars."
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My 10 year old got this for Christmas. Since I haven't played it personally I will just convey what he told me, and that was that this game is awesome! To put it in perspective, he also got a Kindle Fire HD and couldn't decide between this game and the Kindle which was his best gift. Considering the price of this game, I can at least tell you it is the most "happiness" bang for the buck so that is saying alot about how fun it is. If you have a kid with a DS, who likes Pokemon games, and Plants Vs. Zombies, like my son does, this is likely to also be a hit with your kid.
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This game was very fun to play. Just like the original Spectrobes game, the hero revives Spectrobes from fossils and uses them to fight. The game uses simple controls and it's easy to learn. The storyline is pretty good as well. I would recommend this game for any gaming fan or any fan of Spectrobes.
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Where to start? First off, let me just say that I enjoyed the original spectrobes game. It had a fun hook and the controls worked well. The sequel, however, fails to deliver the spark that made the original good. I found the fossil hunting with the new elements tedious and the story mode slightly confusing, especially if you take a break from the game for a few days. The objective menu is there, but it is not very specific.
Now for the gameplay. The spectrobes battle system from the last game has been changed, and not for the better. Instead of the super powered attacks from the first title, you now use "double attacks" that are cool, but don't seem to aid you in battle as much, as you have limited control over them. One thing that changed about the battle system that I did like however, is the addition of battles outside of the vortexes where rallin actually can fight. Gone are the days where Rallin's highest strength attacks only cause minimal damage. He no longer fights the Krawl first hand. Instead, as I mentioned, krawl spheres appear outside of the vortexes that Rallin is responsible for killing.
Now, with all that criticism, you may be wondering why I gave it 4 stars. i gave it 4 stars because it makes good use of the touch screen, has many extras to collect and unlock, and delivers a decent second helping of the original spectrobes game that I so enjoyed. It may not be perfect, but it's original, and that counts in my book.
My opinion: If you played the original spectrobes, you should give this a try. If not, you should try the better original game to see if this game is your cup of tea.
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My 8-year-old son received Spectrobes for Christmas and he loves it! He has a lot of video games and this one is by far his favorite.
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A Kid's Review on January 17, 2009
I like this game except for the fact that sometimes your Spectrobes get caught and sometimes they are hard to evolve. If you are looking for a challenge, buy this game. If you are looking for technique, then you should buy Spore Creatures. (10 year old reviewer)
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By JMac on August 16, 2010
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I bought this for my little nephews. They already had the first Spectrobes, and liked it very much, so I thought this one would be a great option. It really was.
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