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  • Summary: The klaxon alarm is shrieking! Something is wrong! The Professor wrestles his damaged spaceship to a crash landing on a mysterious planet. In the aftermath of the crash, The Professor discovers that the power sources of his ship, known as Cells, have been scattered across the surface of this strange world. To retrieve them all, The Professor enlists the aid of a brave young man named Terry — and a brave video game player known as you! The Professor and Terry will ask for your help during the course of the adventure, using the Nintendo DS to "contact" you along the way. Will The Professor gather the Cells and return to outer space? Will you learn the goal of the mysterious organization that seeks to gather the Cells for itself? The future of an entire world has been placed in your hands. [Atlus] Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Such games are rare, and I consider Contact to be a triumph of development. But, putting aside my assessment of its artistic merit, Contact is really just a fun, engaging RPG that Nintendo DS owners have been waiting for ever since the system was released.
  2. It's got a gripping story, simple combat system and uses the dual screens in inventive ways. Highly recommended. [Dec 2006, p.92]
  3. A perverse sense of humor and singular style ensure that Contact offers a refreshing dose of originality that is certainly not lacking on the DS, but might be lacking in the RPG genre.
  4. 70
    Contact has a very strange feel to it, and not just that of a game with over-simplified controls.
  5. If you can bear the disappointment, and push on through, you'll realise that, between the whole intertextual thing and the interesting-but-average RPG mechanics, there's still a decent game in here. It's just a shame it's not the amazingly brilliant one it could have been.
  6. A promisingly strange premise gives Contact a strong start, but the often-boring combat and exploration sequences that ensue just don't live up to it.
  7. If only as much imagination had been applied to the gameplay as the narrative. [Dec 2006, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. May 2, 2014
    This game is great. It perfects the RPG reward system, as well as the game-play formula for the RPG.

    It's a unique game. The level-up
    system is definitely done well, and quite well done. The level design could be a little more complex, the immersion is good, the graphics design is quite unique, and the game-play is based on a unique aspect. Costumes. No, I don't mean costumes from Party City. Suits would be a better term. They give abilities that can be leveled up. I can see the time put into this game. A good 95/100. Expand
  2. LukeF.
    Oct 19, 2006
    This game is simply a masterpiece incoorperating different visual styles and a great story.
  3. Tropixxxxx
    Aug 21, 2008
    I am not done with the game yet, but I find it, so far, to be very, very good. It keeps my attention and makes me want to keep on playing. Evry time I turn it off, I just can't wait to play again. When I play other games, (not Contact), I feel as if I should stop playing these games, and only play Contact. This is by far the best DS game I have ever played! I would suggest it to ANYONE!!! Expand
  4. Bukkarooo
    Jan 24, 2007
    I just recently finished this and I thouroughly enjoyed it. The was plenty, I didn't beat it 100%. That may be why it was pretty short, I beat it within a week. The areas are nicely done, though the characters are somewhat underwhelming. This is inventive in the fact that YOU are a character. You just "influence" the main character, "Terry". I won't bore you with the story, though it's actually good, I don't want to explain it though. The fighting is fun, if you like FF12, you'll love this. There are plenty of weapons, and you can cook when you have the right costume. Costumes are a big part of the game, there is Default, one for each element, fishing, cooking, and thievery. This is so much fun, give it a try. Expand
  5. J.
    Dec 30, 2006
    This game had me frustrated (in a good way) and generally kept me entertained, but also disappointed me in some areas. It reduces the complications of other RPGs, but in the process removes some of the fun you might find in fighting systems with features like full spell casting (though there are some "special moves" you can use). While the storyline is fun it is a bit insane and gets you wondering what the heck is going. It also feels a bit thrown together sometimes. This game isn't for everybody, but for me it was worth the money. Some of the fun comes after you beat it you can get items that you may have missed during the regular course of game play, get "girlfriends" and play a few fun "mini-games" scattered throughout the world. Expand
  6. MatthewG.
    Oct 25, 2006
    Although it is short the first time through, there are still further secrets and interesting things to occupy your time long after finishing the game. Amazing music, great humour, and wonderful ending! Expand
  7. J.J.M.
    Nov 24, 2006
    This game disappointed me at a lightning pace that few other games ever have. Its reputation as "clever" and "offbeat" is enormously undeserved in my opinion. It's a very, very generic RPG with no plot, boring characters and enemies, and dull, repetitive gameplay. It is a game that will be quickly forgotten, and rightly so. Expand

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