Dementium: The Ward DS


Mixed or average reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 48
  2. Negative: 1 out of 48
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  1. Dementium is definitely easy to interact with, and it flows quite nicely.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The best portable Silent Hill game never made with great first person combat and impressive presentation.
  5. 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.
  6. 90
    Visually, Dementium's divine and every facet is designed / To create a sense of ambience that offers frights galore.
  7. Dementium is a riveting title which expertly straddles the line between survival horror and first-person shooter - two genres vastly underrepresented on the DS.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Genuinely atmospheric and unnervingly scary - a grown up treat for your DS. [Jan 2008, p.60]
  12. 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]
  13. It’s difficult to recommend this title wholeheartedly, but Dementium does just enough to warrant it.
  14. 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.
  15. 75
    Dementium is an ambitious and solid portable horror effort, and is an interesting diversion for any fan of the genre.
  16. 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.
  17. It's very scary, but it's held back by an annoying save system, limited inventory and respawning enemies.
  18. 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.
  19. It’s not frightening or disturbing. It’s just extremely frustrating.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. A lot of fun and a highly accomplished debut.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Dementium may not be the greatest FPS experience there ever was, but, for what it is, it is quite an enjoyable romp.
  28. It makes a brilliant case of “show, don’t tell”, but unfortunately, it just doesn’t show a heck of a lot.
  29. Edge Magazine
    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]
  30. 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.
  31. Nintendo Power
    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]
  32. Dementium: The Ward is a terrific experience. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. Games Master UK
    One of the better first-person efforts on DS, and a good survival horror game too. [Sept 2008, p.79]
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. n-Revolution Magazine UK
    Combat can get a bit repetitive, but the spooky atmosphere is spot on. [Issue#23, p.79]
  41. 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.
  42. These factors, combined with a lack of special features, makes Dementium an undeserving purchase for all but the most die-hard survival horror fans.
  43. 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.
  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. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 80
    A cohesive game with the sum of all of its parts adding up to a frightening whole.

Awards & Rankings

#27 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
#10 Most Shared DS Game of 2007
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Oct 28, 2013
    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 »
  2. Robert
    Nov 2, 2007
    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 »
  3. Dec 14, 2016
    This is my second reivew on this game, and I've played over 12 hours of this game, playing it over and over. At the start it is amazing,This is my second reivew on this game, and I've played over 12 hours of this game, playing it over and over. At the start it is amazing, creepy and gory, but then it starts to get a bit repetitive.

    For start, the game looks amazing. It's like Doom 3 meets Silent Hill, and for a DS, this looks amazing. Gameplay is fun, well for a little bit, but then it become a little boring. Bosses on the other hand, are just way too easy, if you know what you are doing. The enemies are hard to kill at the start, but then it becomes too easy, so they put the same monster, with more health and make it look green.

    Saving system is bad. It saves every single time you go into a room, and if you die, you have to restart the whole chapter again, which is frustrating.

    Story is weak as water, at first, it was interesting, but then the twists happen when you keep on going into the game, but the twists are almost the same exact thing. Your wife died, and it repeats that all the time, but the ending twist was actually good.

    Over and out, it's a great game for the DS, but it looses it's welcome after a while, with zero replay value.
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