GBAtemp game of the week-#12 Away: Shuffle Dungeon

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  1. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    GBAtemp game of the week- week #12

    The 12th week of the GBAtemp book game club is upon us and this week we find ourselves looking at an odd DS title. The idea behind these is each week we pick a game from the large library of hacks, commercial titles, homebrew titles or otherwise from one of the systems we cover around here and get together to discuss it. We enjoy top games lists and fun games are always desirable/aimed for but if a game showcases a nice mechanic, an attempt at one or something else that makes it worth your while to say "yeah I played that once" it could find itself among these titles just as easily. Indeed some might argue this week is a good example of such a thing.[/p]

    Away: Shuffle Dungeon on the DS

    Along with review scores attempting to classify games into genres has come under fire in recent years with the genre "action adventure" becoming something of a byword for "everything else" and this game almost certainly fits into the "everything else" category. On the face of it the game is your fairly standard handheld/16 bit era action RPG that developers Mistwalker and Artoon who have a fair amount of experience in more standard RPGs (between them the are responsible for Archaic Sealed Heat and various Blue Dragon games although they have done a fair bit in other genres too) but underneath it brings a fairly warped story and several gameplay elements usually found in puzzle games, some of the more quirky platformers of yesteryear (at various points we could not help but think of Crusader of the Centy/Soleil) and a healthy dose of roguelikes. The main gimmick so to speak is that each side of the screen gets shuffled when the (normally 10 second) time limit runs out with nasty effects meaning you need to be on the other side. It got fairly mixed reviews when it appeared with the main criticism being it could be too easy at points.[/p]

    Fans of box art the EU and Japanese boxart was quite different​
    GBAtemp release thread

    A trailer with a fair bit of gameplay​

    Has our RPG fatigue caused us to mistake novelty for fun or have we pointed you at a quirky game you missed at the time? Share your thoughts int he discussion below[/p]

    [​IMG] Discuss should get you other links in this series
  2. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my's over 9000!!!

    Nov 17, 2008
    yeah i remember this damn game i played it for about 10 mins than trashed it [​IMG]
  3. Fel

    Fel GBAtemp's Adventurer

    May 5, 2009
    So close and yet so far away.
    I've wanted to try this one for a long time but I still haven't gotten the chance, I'm pre-occuped by other games.

    But it's nice that others may get to know this game who've passed up on it or never heard of it. [​IMG]
  4. GeekyGuy

    GeekyGuy Professional loafer

    Former Staff
    Jun 21, 2007
    United States
    Interesting selection. I definitely enjoyed what I played of the game, but if memory serves, it was a case of coming out during a time when other, more compelling games were released. I liked it, though. It had a nice mix of things going on: a bit of Animal Crossing, some arcade-style action, and of course, the RPG elements. Very cute, nice to look at, decent controls. It's one of those you have to be patient with. It's slow to get going, and the story is very Japanese.
  5. Nah3DS

    Nah3DS Madre de Dios! Es El POLLO DIABLO!!!

    Feb 9, 2010
    Never heard of it, looks interesting. Maybe I will give a try later, when I finish Dr. Heckyll & Mr. Hyde xD
  6. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    Most of the games chosen are sub-par at best, including this one.
  7. Arschkrampi

    Arschkrampi The Purple Avenger

    Mar 25, 2011
    Gambia, The
    I'm sorry, but I seem too dumb for this game.
    I started it. Watched the intro.
    Then I'm supposed to talk to Anella.
    Who the &%$ยง is Anella? And where is she, for that matter?
    Her house is empty. The other people have nothing to say about her.
    Three screens later I still havn't found her.

    Please somebody tell me what to do.

    Never mind I found her. [​IMG] Why cant they tell you where to go?
  8. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

    Oct 23, 2004
    Dar es Salaam
    hadrian its more of a underrated list than the best games list.
    its an addictive game but if i am not mistaken, it gets repetitive although still addictive. the fighting is also not too difficult.
  9. Sora de Eclaune

    Sora de Eclaune Baby squirrel, you's a sexy motherfucker.

    Feb 15, 2011
    United States
    123 Fake Street
    Because of this thread, I decided to go ahead and get this game. I love it to bits!
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