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. 80
    It's appropriately gory (it is a shooter, after all) but also adds an element of mystery to the whole thing. Some design issues do get in the way a tiny bit, but not so much that you'll hate on the game…and unless you've got the expectations of a PC shooter fan, it's hard to not be impressed.
  2. Dementium is a handheld mixture of Doom and Silent Hill that is about as scary as a game played on a 3-inch screen on the bus can be.
  3. Dementium is a riveting title which expertly straddles the line between survival horror and first-person shooter - two genres vastly underrepresented on the DS.
  4. It’s not frightening or disturbing. It’s just extremely frustrating.
  5. 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.
  6. 80
    A cohesive game with the sum of all of its parts adding up to a frightening whole.
  7. 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.
  8. It's very scary, but it's held back by an annoying save system, limited inventory and respawning enemies.
  9. 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.
  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. 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.
  12. One of the better first-person efforts on DS, and a good survival horror game too. [Sept 2008, p.79]
  13. Dementium: The Ward is almost perfection, performing as a fantastic feat of first-person survival, and oozes with a truly, truly frightening aesthetic. Even if it's not the first in its genre, it's the most satisfyingly original game we've seen on the DS in some time.
  14. Dementium: The Ward demonstrates that you can make a good survival horror game even on the Nintendo DS. The graphics are impressive, really fluid, and the controls work great (but only if you don't play for too much time). The game seems to be a little too linear and the difficulty is low, but it's worth a try if you want something different for your DS.
  15. 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.
  16. Dementium: The Ward is a very noteworthy title within the Nintendo DS portfolio, not just for being a good game in the first person action genre -not so crowded in the console-, but also for its interesting plot and an intriguing, full of tension atmosphere.
  17. 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]
  18. 80
    The FPS genre is extremely rare on the system which means that the amount of quality titles is even rarer. Dementium sets a new standard on the system for presentation and visuals as well as delivering the first truly engrossing horror title for Nintendo’s micro-console.
  19. A lot of fun and a highly accomplished debut.
  20. This is one genuinely frightening experience, and the brave of heart will want to play in the dark, with headphones, for maximum scares. [Holiday 2007, p.84]
  21. 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.
  22. It makes a brilliant case of “show, don’t tell”, but unfortunately, it just doesn’t show a heck of a lot.
  23. 75
    Dementium is an ambitious and solid portable horror effort, and is an interesting diversion for any fan of the genre.
  24. 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.
  25. There's nothing like Dementium for the DS out there, and for me personally it's always a thrill to see the first game of its kind for a portable make a debut.
  26. 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.
  27. The best portable Silent Hill game never made with great first person combat and impressive presentation.
  28. 80
    At the end of the day what you can hope for is what we actually got, an extremely noteworthy effort that bodes well for future releases from this company.
  29. Dementium may not be the greatest FPS experience there ever was, but, for what it is, it is quite an enjoyable romp.
  30. Genuinely atmospheric and unnervingly scary - a grown up treat for your DS. [Jan 2008, p.60]
  31. We've been waiting too long for Dementium in Europe. After dealing with its American version, the only thing that we can tell is we're facing a very good game here, mixture of survival horror and shooter adventure. It's a good game if you don't mind its strange gameplay mechanic and the lame story that offers. At least you can enjoy with the superb graphics and its creepy atmosphere.
  32. A decent suspense-filled horror game that looks good for the DS but would probably be more at home on a console. [July 2008, p.98]
  33. It’s difficult to recommend this title wholeheartedly, but Dementium does just enough to warrant it.
  34. It doesn't push the horror genre forward, as most of its features pop up in the Resident Evil and Silent Hill franchises, but Dementium still offers up a few genuine frights, and stands out as one of the DS' most under hyped but entertaining video games.
  35. Dementium: The Ward is a terrific experience. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
  36. Everything about Dementium: The Ward is polished and clean, in a very dirty sense. While you won't be jumping from your seat in fear, there's no other portable that will scare you as much. Hopefully a sequel is in the works.
  37. Dementium is a respectable game. However, it seems that for every step in the right direction this game takes, it takes one back as well. But even with all the flaws that this game has, it is still an entertaining DS experience.
  38. 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.
  39. These factors, combined with a lack of special features, makes Dementium an undeserving purchase for all but the most die-hard survival horror fans.
  40. Turn off the lights. Put on your headphones. Hear that? Wait—turn down the cheesy music. Now do you hear the screech of metal against the walls? Yep, that's scary.
  41. It will make you scream, but not because of fear. It will cause you pain, but not in a figured way. And it will give you nightmares, but for motives that are not even related with its storyline.
  42. 90
    Visually, Dementium's divine and every facet is designed / To create a sense of ambience that offers frights galore.
  43. 80
    Dementium: The Ward is a good start to what will hopefully spawn a sequel or two - a solid shooter, presented fantastically well on Nintendo's DS.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. Dementium is definitely easy to interact with, and it flows quite nicely.
  47. Combat can get a bit repetitive, but the spooky atmosphere is spot on. [Issue#23, p.79]
  48. 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
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 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 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 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. 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 »