• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Jun 5, 2007

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. The card battling system never gives the player the feeling of being in control. Instead, most battles feel completely random and no amount of card handling skill can deal with a terrible hand when fighting some of the more powerful opponents.
  2. 75
    While Dragonball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu was obviously written for well-versed Dragonball fans, the action is so balanced, the dialogue so enjoyable and the presentation so impressive that this game should appeal to fans that have never even heard of the series.
  3. If you’re a Dragonball Z fan this comes recommended, as knowing the characters and understanding the plot will only add to what’s already a decent game. For the rest of us, it’s a fun card-based game that’s only let down by its lack of difficulty and length. Worth looking at.
  4. A surprisingly fun, easy to pick up and enjoyable to master card game that, while not as deep as most other card battlers, offers a good amount of strategy and a different approach to the genre.
  5. DBZ: HD feels like the developers actually put some effort into its creation. It's fun, and — dare I say it — somewhat innovative.
  6. 65
    As a change of pace, Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu works reasonably well, though still manages to stumble on some of the typical card-game pitfalls.
  7. It's not bad, but it's not as innovative as I had originally hoped. Yes it is a DBZ game that takes a drastically different approach. But it uses the same old story that we've been hearing for the past ten years.
  8. 60
    It’s better than DBZ games used to be – back when nobody, fan or otherwise, could possibly stomach them – but Atari and Bandai still have a ways to go.
  9. Dragon Ball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu's attempt to do something different with card battling, while commendable, doesn't compensate for its shallow gameplay.
  10. An interesting concept is simplified too much for its own good. For hardcore fans or beginners only.
  11. Dragonball Z: Harukanaru Densetsu gets credit for trying to provide a more newbie-friendly card-battler, but it comes at the cost of the planning and complexity that makes the genre fun.
  12. The game play is far too simple, the stories are predictable, and the sum of all its parts never quite comes together to create a compelling portable game.
  13. Maybe the fans will find something enjoyable about controlling their favorite heroes via a randomized deck of cards. For the rest of you, go play some Solitaire. You deserve it.
  14. If you love card games simply because cards are fun to you, well then you might get something out of it. To those who don't wear their hair in gigantic blonde spikes or drool at the thought of any type of card-battling, stay far, far away.
  15. If this game didn't follow the early-days Dragon Ball storyline, the dreadful simplicity of the card-battle gameplay mechanics (you could probably complete several battles with your eyes closed) would likely be even less tolerable. [July 2007, p.97]
  16. 40
    Not only can you learn how to play it in ten minutes, you can pretty much master the strategy of it in the same amount of time as well.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Jul 7, 2011
    It was great in the first few minutes, but all the cards felt powerful and, there was no strategy in it. Also there was not many stuff to do, just walking around waiting for some random battle momments. Full Review »
  2. MattP.
    Jun 13, 2007
    I am an avid dragonball z fan but this game is nothing more than luck. Your charectors would be at least 5 levels above the enemy but unless the invisible deck gives you good cards, they can just slowly whittle your health to nothing. In short, i have every dbz game available in the usa, but i painfully regret paying 30 dollars for this suped up version of the card game "war". Full Review »