Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
  1. Dementium: The Ward has an amazing atmosphere, a necessary game in the lineup of the Nintendo DS. The visuals are notable but with some problems in the playability. The first steps with the game give us good impressions but later the game shows a repetitive way, an annoying save system and a strange gameplay mechanic.. A great game mixture of FPS and survival horror.
  2. Combat can get a bit repetitive, but the spooky atmosphere is spot on. [Issue#23, p.79]
  3. Dementium the Ward is indeed a good game. A shame it won't last too long, and the saving system is still annoying, but solid gameplay mechanics and good graphics make it the perfect choice for everyone who's looking for a good shooter experience on Nintendo DS.
  4. In its newly 'remastered' form, Dementium is easily one of the most interesting games to appear on the DS in some time, and certainly should have a great appeal to anyone looking for a decent horror offering.
  5. The best portable Silent Hill game never made with great first person combat and impressive presentation.
  6. In spite of some medium-sized annoyances, there are no game-breaking problems here, and there’s a lot of enjoyment to be had for players who like a sprinkle of terror on their gaming pie.
  7. A first person shooter in 3D combined with puzzle elements, set in a dark and horror themed world doesn't really sound like a typical game you'd find on a Nintendo system, and certainly not a portable one. But developer Renegade Kind has actually managed to pull off such a game where both presentation, gameplay and puzzles together work as a foundation for an atmospheric and thrilling experience. There are flaws though. The game is a bit short and when you've played through it once there are no incentives to take it for a second spin. Still, a worthwhile purchase if you a fan of the genre.
  8. Dementium may not be the greatest FPS experience there ever was, but, for what it is, it is quite an enjoyable romp.
  9. 70
    As much as you'll wish for more variety in setting and situation, what you do get is so smooth, creepy, and darkly pleasurable that you'll be left with a smile and a twitch, if not necessarily satisfaction.
  10. Dementium: The Ward comes in a pretty wrapper, offering an entertaining first-person adventure light on fright. Not the best candy in the basket, then, but it's certainly still worth a bite.
  11. The game certainly has some flaws (like the loose aiming and overly complex map), and I find it hard to forgive the "die and start over again" philosophy, but Dementium is definitely something different, and it's something I think people will generally enjoy.
  12. These factors, combined with a lack of special features, makes Dementium an undeserving purchase for all but the most die-hard survival horror fans.
  13. It's very scary, but it's held back by an annoying save system, limited inventory and respawning enemies.
  14. It makes a brilliant case of “show, don’t tell”, but unfortunately, it just doesn’t show a heck of a lot.
  15. 60
    It's clear the team at Renegade Kid has plenty of talent and potential, and the creepy atmosphere and unique controls make the game worth a look for survival-horror fans with lots of patience -- there's not really anything else like it on the DS. Just be aware that the most of the screams the game elicits have nothing to do with the onscreen horror.
  16. There’s no denying Dementium is a solid first effort for the Renegade Kid development team, and a sequel would certainly be welcome. The visuals are quite good, the sound is immersive, and the gameplay is above average.
  17. It’s not frightening or disturbing. It’s just extremely frustrating.
  18. There’s some repetition in the layouts for the rooms and floors, and frankly, there’s not much incentive for replay, but it’s a solid, challenging and surprisingly atmospheric, creepy ride while it lasts.
  19. With this game, Renegade Kid has shown that they’re able to pull off some very impressive technical feats on the DS, however there needs to be some equally impressive design choices married with the technology to make whatever they do next a stand out title.
  20. There are nice touches – cockroaches that scatter under your flashlight, the occasional puzzle, effective cutscenes – but there is little that you won’t have found implemented in a vastly more satisfactory form elsewhere. [May 2008, p.99]
  21. An amazingly smooth-running game that stumbles upon story and makes a nose-dive when it comes to combat and sound. Unfortunately the scariest thing about The Ward is it’s extreme repetition. Its’ not a bad game per say, it’s just so helplessly behind its time and fails to make use of the unique abilities of the NDS.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Robert
    Nov 2, 2007
    10
    This game is truly scary, great sounds add to the creepiness. The use of the stylus here is second only to a pc, controls are very good. It This game is truly scary, great sounds add to the creepiness. The use of the stylus here is second only to a pc, controls are very good. It looks really good for the ds as well. Good storyline, it's both horror and thriller, good plot twists. A GREAT entry in the horror genre. Full Review »
  2. Oct 28, 2013
    9
    One of the best games i have ever played, on any system or console to be honest. The graphics are great, especially for the ds, the story andOne of the best games i have ever played, on any system or console to be honest. The graphics are great, especially for the ds, the story and game-play are fantastic, really, there is nothing bad about this game that i can think of. At some points it is scary as hell. I would recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of video games. Full Review »
  3. Jun 11, 2011
    1
    Really frustrating and hard to get into. The comparison to Doom 3 and Silent Hill is based only upon the fact that it appears that way. ReallyReally frustrating and hard to get into. The comparison to Doom 3 and Silent Hill is based only upon the fact that it appears that way. Really it's nowhere near as good as either one of those games and, despite a few frustrating moments, I was able to beat it in a matter of an hour or two. The storyline is mediocre and lacks any real interesting features, and the monsters look laughable (I know the graphics aren't the best, but at the very least they could've spend more time on character design). This game really isn't worth it. For some there may be something to enjoy, but for me it was an annoying bore. Full Review »