Avalon Code DS

Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
Buy On
  1. It is a game that rewards those players willing to dedicate it the many hours its learning curve requests.
  2. Nintendo Power
    85
    Avalon Code is sort of a mess, but it's an inspired one. [Apr 2009, p.90]
  3. Avalon Code is an atypical J-RPG thanks to its innovative gameplay. The adventure on which the game is constructed is enjoyable and interesting, while the fighting sessions nicely fit into the storyline and break the monotony – and are fun too!
  4. 83
    Avalon Code offers a unique experience among action RPGs. Capturing people and objects in the Book of Prophecy and playing with their attributes is a compelling mechanic you won't find anywhere else. The interface isn't perfect, but it's definitely engaging.
  5. 83
    Although Avalon Code would be without a niche had it not included the Book of Prophecy, the package as a whole is one full of variety and enjoyment.
  6. Simultaneously walking the beaten path and wildly straying from it, Matrix Software has created a diverse action-RPG that’s very satisfying. The blend of both familiar and completely new gameplay elements in Avalon Code improves the experience rather than detracting from it.
  7. Sure, dealing with the interface can be irritating. That doesn’t change the fact that Avalon Code is as unique and satisfying a game as your likely to find on the DS, or any system for that matter. If you’re willing to put up with a little frustration to experience one of the most original RPGs in recent memory, then Avalon Code is for you.
  8. 80
    If you're looking for the next step in the role-playing genre and don't mind doing a little work, open up the book and crack the Code. You won't regret it.
  9. An excellent RPG, deep and complex, perfect for those who dislike linear experiences and trivial combat system.
  10. Avalon Code brings brilliant and fresh ideas, but limits itself to the point where gameplay becomes tedious.
  11. For all the mediocrity that can be said about Avalon Code, the few truly outstanding things do a lot to help the game.
  12. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    77
    It's not perfect by any means but it's great to see an original take on a familiar genre. [May 2010, p.83]
  13. Nintendo Gamer
    75
    Worth a look if you're a connoisseur of action RPGs. [Apr 2010, p.66]
  14. Avalon Code for DS shows a good way to save the world. But gameplay failures and the bad interface lower the fun of this handheld RPG.

Awards & Rankings

#24 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. WallidK
    Mar 30, 2009
    8
    Wow, this really is an experimental game. It's almost like the developers threw whatever they thought on the wall and hoped it would Wow, this really is an experimental game. It's almost like the developers threw whatever they thought on the wall and hoped it would stick. However, these were the developers of the DS Final Fantasy remakes, so most of the stuff they threw were good ideas. However, there are some really obvious flaws in the system, like a 1,490 page book of prophecy that is a pain in the butt to navigate and the fact that you have to juggle enemies into space to get a decent recovery item. Either way, this game is so much that these flaws really don't mean much to me. If you like Action RPG's and like experimental games like The World Ends With You, this is a msut-buy for you guys. Full Review »
  2. JoseC
    Mar 26, 2009
    10
    It is one of the RPG's we've been waiting for to come out on the DS. Its cool and long, most like Runefactory and Harvest Moon with It is one of the RPG's we've been waiting for to come out on the DS. Its cool and long, most like Runefactory and Harvest Moon with Zelda Graphics, or so the critics say. Its nice to have this game for the DS. I mean, its the most fun I had after The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Full Review »
  3. DanG.
    Mar 15, 2009
    9
    It has a unique take on the concept of a world-making game. You can re-define the meaning of anything in the game.