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  • Summary: Bangai-O Spirits provides gamers with addictive shooter gameplay, punishing supermoves and a sensory overload of fireworks onscreen, with strategic and tactical elements and TREASURE’s quirky design style. The game also offers co-op, competitive multiplayer for 1-4 players via localBangai-O Spirits provides gamers with addictive shooter gameplay, punishing supermoves and a sensory overload of fireworks onscreen, with strategic and tactical elements and TREASURE’s quirky design style. The game also offers co-op, competitive multiplayer for 1-4 players via local wireless, a powerful level editor tool which allows players to edit in-game levels or create new ones from scratch, and the revolutionary new ability to transfer data among DS systems through sound data transfer technology known as Sound Load. Never before utilized for DS systems, the Sound Load technology in Bangai-O Spirits allows players to transfer level data among DS handheld systems via the use of sound and the DS microphone. This technology works by taking the level data and turning it into a sound file which is output through the host DS speaker. This data is then interpreted through the microphone of the recipient DS, and the level transfer is complete. It is also possible to upload and circulate sound files of level data from Bangai-O Spirits online via the Internet, or to save files to a recording device like a PC or jump drive for transport and distribution, allowing gamers to catalog, share and compare levels online easily with gamers all over the world! Widening the range of play and interaction even further, gamers can also deliver high score and gameplay footage as transferable sound files by using Sound Load. [D3Publisher of America] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. 100
    Playing Bangai-O Spirits is a pleasure. If I could, I'd play it for every waking moment. [JPN Import]
  2. Bangai-O Spirits is one of the toughest, craziest, most variety-packed titles you’ll ever play.
  3. While certainly being Treasure's most fragmented game, there’s a sense that the lack of narrative, character and even proper framework makes this its most raw, pure and delightful. [June 2008, p.95]
  4. While this game is very insane at times with an ‘on and off again’ difficulty which humbled my poor old fingers at the best of times, it is very addictive and fun. The replay value is very high especially with the level editor which is fun and such a great addition. If the overall online Bangai-O DS community supports the level editor this is one game that will be more then worth the price you pay for it.
  5. 80
    Although it's certainly not for everyone, Bangai-O Spirits is a well-made and extremely challenging game. It's great to see Treasure revive this title, and it works surprisingly well on the DS.
  6. I can't remember a time when I've ever scored a game this high and yet warned the general public to stay away, but I suppose there's a first time for everything, and Bangai-O Spirits seems like the perfect game to cause just such an occasion.
  7. If Treasure's name wasn't attached to this product, I seriously doubt that it would have ever found a publisher, let alone the warm reception most other review sites have given it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. JamieA
    Nov 16, 2008
    10
    Hopefully you have played one of the earlier Bangai-O titles as the difficulty is very high from the start, is a rewarding game with much fun Hopefully you have played one of the earlier Bangai-O titles as the difficulty is very high from the start, is a rewarding game with much fun to be found. Is bound to give you an adrenaline rush every time playing. If anything lets this game down it would be the DS's D-pad, it's up to you to get used to it.. Expand
  2. uwepoll
    Aug 30, 2008
    10
    I didn't feel the love for this game at first, but it has ended up becoming my favourite on the DS. It is the most spectacular, I didn't feel the love for this game at first, but it has ended up becoming my favourite on the DS. It is the most spectacular, action-packed game I've played in years, and with the easy-to-use level editor there is potential for endless replayability. Treasure did an excellent job designing a variety of imaginative levels, but some of the user-created levels out there are even better. This is a superb game whichever way you put it, one of the only titles I'd call a must for any DS owner who's not into Nintendogs and the like. Expand
  3. RikiX
    Aug 13, 2008
    10
    An amazing sequel to one of the N64 and Dreamcast's most underrated games. If you're into hardcore shooters or games from Treasure, An amazing sequel to one of the N64 and Dreamcast's most underrated games. If you're into hardcore shooters or games from Treasure, this is for you. Expand
  4. RyanK
    Nov 15, 2008
    10
    No annoying, pointless cutscenes or loading times, lots of missiles and challenge, all other games have become obsolete since I started No annoying, pointless cutscenes or loading times, lots of missiles and challenge, all other games have become obsolete since I started playing Bangai. Only problem is that Sound Load doesn't really work Expand
  5. Ohmi
    Jul 10, 2008
    9
    This is a great re-interpretation of Bangai-O! Treasure does it again!
  6. KyleB
    Aug 19, 2008
    6
    I wanted to like it but found myself giving up shortly after I started playing. This game definitely for a more hard core crowd. I honestly I wanted to like it but found myself giving up shortly after I started playing. This game definitely for a more hard core crowd. I honestly consider myself a hard core gamer and this wasn't even my cup of tea. Also the game has 17 tutorials! 17! Expand
  7. StevenH
    Apr 17, 2009
    1
    It might be good if the controls actually worked. Even they did, they make no sense. Waste of money and time.

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