Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Delightfully charming and downright heartwarming, it's hard not to fall in love with Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime. The gameplay is simple yet addictive, and the varying strategies of the Monster Tank battles keep things from feeling stale, something that’s highlighted through the title’s multiplayer mode.
  2. 100
    Another lesson in how to take a franchise in different direction entirely - and with great effect in this particular case.
  3. Anyone, whether they gravitate towards platformers, adventure games, or role-playing games will find something to enjoy here, as Square Enix's latest release includes all of the hallmarks of a classic, and comes highly recommended.
  4. When a game so deeply rooted in well-trod, classic turf compels and tickles with such ease, the question is this: Are graphics-intensive game creators chasing down the right rabbit holes?
  5. As complicated as games can end up being, it's very nice to be able to pick up and play a simple, enjoyable game like Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime every now and then.
  6. Multicard two-player tank battles and single-card download demos round out a well-placed and satisfying adventure. [Oct. 2006, p.86]
  7. An extremely enjoyable, funny, and lengthy outing that is suitable for everyone. It might be a bit easy for seasoned gamers, but if you're a fan of fun, you shouldn't pass this one up.
  8. 90
    While the game is pretty easy and filled to the brim with Square Enix in-jokes, Rocket Slime is still some of the most fun you'll have on the Nintendo DS. It may not take advantage of the touch screen, which may turn some off to the game, but it is still a hell of a lot of fun to pick up and play.
  9. This game is so imaginative and fun, it can appeal to anyone, young or old, and regardless of whether or not you’ve ever played a Dragon Quest game or even an RPG.
  10. 90
    Though it may appear that the game is aimed at a young target audience, Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime has it all: a great sense of humor, solid gameplay, awesome tank battles and a charming story.
  11. An easy game to get into and a hard game to put down. It’s one thing after another that will keep you entertained for hours on end.
  12. Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime is a game that will make DS owners smile.
  13. A great game that might not be pushing the DS visually, yet it's filled with great gameplay featuring deep tank battles and fast-paced action sections. No doubt, it will put a smile on your face for the ten hours or so that it lasts. [JPN Import]
  14. Despite the fact that Rocket Slime is somewhat of a Zelda rip-off, it’s still a solid title.
  15. 85
    The game is like candy. You’ll pop it in, have a blast playing it, and move on, only to break it out again when you get the itch for more lighthearted entertainment. Simply put, the game is fun, and nothing more really needs to be said.
  16. The great gameplay, top-notch graphics (for a DS game) and impressive music makes for a great title. The easy difficulty might turn off some players but it really shouldn’t. If you can’t enjoy this game then I should question why are you even playing games?
  17. Spin-offs aren't as common in the video game world as they are in Hollywood, but with Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime, maybe more companies should take a cue from Square Enix. [Oct. 2006, p.65]
  18. The tank battles are unexpectedly fun and should be a blast with friends in multiplayer.
  19. 85
    Between its genuinely clever elements and its preposterously over-the-top ridiculousness, Square Enix and TOSE have crafted a spin-off that captures the appeal of the source material in an amusing and unique way.
  20. 85
    Tank battles can get quite challenging.
  21. Rocket Slime harnesses these creatures' irresistible charm and pairs it with cclever exploration and puzzle solving to form a fun adventure with a decidedly classic feel. [Oct. 2006, p.112]
  22. It’s a refreshing, original take on a series that values its source material but never takes itself too seriously.
  23. So while it never becomes particularly difficult, it remains constantly interesting, bursting with personality and a desire to be incredibly silly.
  24. You would expect Zelda to have a little more to it when it arrives, but everything Rocket Slime does, it does very well and is one of the most enjoyable titles to arrive for a fair few years.
  25. With its learning curve, Rocket Slime offers charm, weirdness and huge, huge tanks.
  26. Normally I hate a game that stops you short with something ridiculously hard at the end, but in the case of Heroes it is more as if you are simply entering a different phase of the game, one entirely centered on item-collection and alchemy. It is an interesting way to force the player to delve deeper into the game.
  27. Rocket Slime is that rarest of breeds: a kid's game that completely rocks. [Oct. 2006, p.118]
  28. 80
    While players won't be choosing skill points in trees or devoting time to selecting whether +5 intellect or +3 wisdom is better, Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime is simply some good, clean fun for all ages.
  29. Fluffy, entertaining, and conceptually novel from start to finish, Rocket Slime is one of the best games on the Nintendo DS, and fills an action-adventure void on the system.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Jul 28, 2013
    8
    A well polished, split-genre adventure that declares not all spin-offs have to be bad or dishonest. From start to finish, it will surpass your expectations. Full Review »
  2. Apr 22, 2011
    9
    Cheerful graphics and sound, innovative gameplay and a hilarious plot and premise. And the tank battles are great fun too!

    The only problem
    is the sheer lack of challenge. I didn't die once, and once I figured out the secret to utterly destroy enemies in tank battles (which I will not share here, as it's truly game destroying), I would often not even take a single point of damage throughout the whole battle.

    Still, it's definitely one of the best games on the system, and well worth the $10 or so that it'll cost you.
    Full Review »
  3. Apr 9, 2011
    8
    This game was actually my introduction to the Dragon Quest franchise. I was intrigued at playing as a monster. I've enjoyed playing as the 'bad guy' since Super Mario RPG (even if Bowser was a bit slow for my taste). I found it entertaining, even if resource collection was a little bit of a pain. The story was not great, but I could tell it wasn't much more than an excuse to link battles and zones together. It was peppered with little details that added greatly to the atmosphere of the game as a whole (like loading your helpers into your cannons) The tank battles are fast, furious and frenzied, though the AI was a bit lacking in difficulty. If you are looking for something cerebral, you'll want to take a pass. 2-player versus tank battles with my wife ate up hour after hour for weeks, so grab it if you've got someone to link battle with. Full Review »